Welcome to version 352 of Android weekly apps! Here are the highlights from last week:
- Facebook is the newest company In the game flow space. It wants to offer mobile game broadcasting through its official app and website. Some of the launch titles include Asphalt 9: Legends, WWE SuperCard, and PGA Golf Tour Shootout. The feature is currently rolling out regionally throughout the United States and there are some limitations as well. For example, you need a good internet connection in order to use it. More regions will be rolling out soon as well as more games.
- Netflix may be experimenting with With only sound mode. XDA developers found evidence of such a situation in a recent unpacked APK. It might sound silly since Netflix has a bunch of TV shows and movies. However, the service also has a bunch of comedies and documentaries that might work fine in audio-only mode. We will keep you updated if we hear more.
- Google Play is testing the comparison feature For applications. It’s only available for media players at the moment and lets you compare things like support for resolution, whether or not it’s streamed, and whether or not it works offline. It only works in Play Store version 22.4.28, and even if you have it, Google will probably need to flip a switch to see it. Click on the link to know more details.
- Sony has revamped its PlayStation app Just in time for the PS5 launch. The new version of the app includes a dedicated store, voice chatting ability (similar to the Xbox app), and remote control capabilities for the upcoming PS5. You can also reply to and send messages to other players, play games, and manage your storage. It’s actually a fairly massive update and makes it more in line with Xbox’s already excellent mobile app.
- Apple will likely be working on a search engine To compete with Google. It is only a rumor, but a strong rumor behind it. Google is in the midst of an antitrust lawsuit with the US government and this could bode badly for Apple. Additionally, the company likely doesn’t want to rely on Google for its search functions. Anyway, you can click on the link to know more about it.
price: Free to play
Dragonscapes Adventure is a building simulation game with a collector’s element. Players start on a remote island and build their small ecosystem, collect various dragons, and collect dragons to make new ones. It’s not the most exciting game ever, but you do have to explore your island a little bit and see some things along with the main game mechanics. Dragons are attractive and this appeals to some players. Plus, the graphics are simple yet colorful, so the game is fun to look at. It won’t blow your mind, but it should be a waste of time.
Noobly is a social app for gamers. You can browse profiles and see what other people are playing. From there, you can invite them to play these games with you. It is not promoted as a dating app although it might be available for some people. Anyway, it uses a Tinder-style flick mechanic as it exposes you to the profiles. You pass on the things you don’t think you will like. You put things on your profile like interests, games you play, and other hobbies. It’s in early access beta, so not many people are on the service yet. If it pops up, it could be a good place for players to hang out.
price: Free to play
Sumikkogurashi Farm is easily the most difficult-to-write name in Android Apps Weekly history. This is a farming simulator similar in scope to games like FarmVille. You grow crops to earn money and XP, upgrade yourself, unlock more things, and grow more things. There’s also a character customization item, monthly events, and some other small additions to the game to keep things fun. It’s a relaxing game without a lot of player input, but a lot of players seem to enjoy the simplicity of the game. It’s free to play, but you don’t have to purchase anything to enjoy yourself.
Side pressure +
price: Free / Up to $ 9.99
SideSqueeze + is an app mostly used by Samsung Galaxy phone owners. It gives devices the ability to tap to launch apps similar to the functionality we used to see on previous Pixel and HTC devices. The app needs calibration, but it worked well on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The app doesn’t work on every device, but it does It found a home among Nexus 5 owners Who miss the older Pixel’s ability to tap the active Google Assistant. S-Pen features are also there if you want to try it out with your Galaxy Note device. It’s in early access, so expect some bugs, glitches, and compatibility issues here and there.
price: Free to play
Spooky Wars is a hybrid of several types of games, including tower defense, strategy, deck building, and dueling mechanics. Players can collect up to 50 cards with upgrades available to make them stronger. There are also three different game modes, social items, and leaderboards, and a one-on-one PVP mode. Gameplay is good and reminds us (but not identical) to games like Badlander Brawl. The only real downside is running the game on a closed beta version for a while, and all of these players must keep saving their game on the final release. Thus, Day 1 players started the game at a disadvantage to beta players. However, we expect this feature to wear off over time.
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