Welcome to the 450th edition of Android weekly apps. Here are the top headlines from the past week:
- Google puts a lot of its own projects on the chopping block. The company wants to operate more efficiently. The answer seems to be to eliminate unnecessary projects. The District 120 division reduced its projects from 14 to seven. Overall, Sunday Pichai wants to increase Google efficiency by 20%. This likely means that some apps are in a choppy state as well.
- Google Play introduced a 24-hour review deferral for Play Store. The goal is to prevent review bombing and prevent suspicious reviews. It’s no secret that fake reviews are a problem on Google Play. Developers can still respond to newly submitted reviews, but they won’t appear on the Play Store page for a day. Click on the link to read more.
- Google lost the first appeal for cancellation Standard fine in the EU as of 2018. The fine was imposed because Google requires OEMs to pre-load phones with Google Search and other Google products in order to use Google Play. After deliberations, the courts have blocked the EU’s decision, and Google will go into the second round.
- Discord officially launched on Xbox this week. It’s been in beta for a while, and we’re glad to see it in action. This process isn’t terribly complicated, but it takes place almost exclusively with the Discord and Xbox apps on your phone. Click on the link to learn how to connect Discord to your Xbox.
- Apple’s Dynamic Island made a splash this week. The developers also only took about a day To mimic the effect on Android phones. It only works on Xiaomi devices via the MIUI theme, but it’s still great to see. We asked our readers if they thought Dynamic Island was cool, and believe it or not, More than 50% of our readers he said no.
Sniper Zombie 2: Crime City
price: free to play
Sniper Zombie 2: Crime City is a sniper game with a bunch of zombies. The game includes more than 100 story missions in its campaign mode, daily missions to get extra loot, and an online PvP mode if you wish. There is also a variety of weapons to unlock. In terms of gameplay, it’s pretty simple stuff. You spin around the map and aim down your range, line up for your shot, and catch it. Your success or failure depends on how injured you are and how good your shots are. It’s free to play with the usual grind that shooters enjoy in games like this, but it’s a nice short time killer.
Otternal Life is a habit tracking app. The app lets you create new habits, and then helps you track them to make sure they become habits. You can also track your progress, keep a simple mood diary, and more. It works completely offline and is free to use without ads. It is a very basic application. However, the functions work well and we think the user interface is also very clean.
price: 6.99 US dollars
ScourgeBringer is a roguelite platformer with some hack and slash mechanics. Your basic ability allows you to flash around the map in an instant. You can use the ability to dodge enemies and progress through the game. There are also other abilities that you unlock as you progress and help you defeat bosses and enemies. The storytelling isn’t half bad for a roguelite, and the frenetic gameplay is certainly intriguing. It is also a premium game so once you purchase it, there are no in-app purchases or ads to spoil your fun.
Qewd is an interesting app. It allows you to sign in to a variety of streaming services. From there, you can manage your queue, discover new content to watch, and manage your playlists. The app is riddled with bugs at the time of writing because it has to integrate a bunch of different platforms. We think this has promise, especially since it’s hard to keep track of every streaming app you have. Keep an eye on the move. If the developers can fix it properly, it will be a hidden gem app.
Star Trek: Lower Decks
price: free to play
Star Trek: Lower Decks is an idle game. The story is about being locked in your own place where you have to relive the old stories of Star Trek and go back to the real world. It’s a little tricky, but nostalgia is a big thing with games like this. As you play, you unlock various crew members to help you as you tap your way out of your hood. In terms of mechanics, it’s a fairly standard idle clicker, so unless you’re the type and nostalgia, you might not like it.
If we missed any news or big releases of Android apps or games, let us know about them in the comments.
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