5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week
Welcome to the 352nd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the past week:
- Facebook is the newest company in game streaming. It wants to offer mobile game streaming through its official app and on the website. Some of the launch titles include Asphalt 9: Legends, WWE SuperCard, and PGA Golf Tour Shootout. The feature is currently rolling out regionally in the United States, and there are some limitations as well. For example, you need a good internet connection to use them. Further areas and further games will follow shortly.
- Netflix may be experimenting with an audio-only mode. XDA developers found evidence of such a mode in a recent APK demolition. It might seem silly as Netflix has a number of TV shows and movies. However, the service also has a number of comedy stand-ups and documentaries that may work quite well in audio-only mode. We will keep you updated when we hear more.
- Google Play is testing a comparison function for apps. It’s currently only available for media players and allows you to compare things like resolution support, whether or not it is streamed and whether or not it works offline. It only works in version 22.4.28 of the Play Store, and even if you have it, Google will likely have to flip a switch for you to see it. Click the link for more information.
- Just in time for the launch of the PS5, Sony has revised its PlayStation app. The new version of the app includes a dedicated store, the option of voice chat (similar to the Xbox app) and remote control functions for the upcoming PS5. You can also reply to and send messages to other players, start games and manage your storage. It’s actually a pretty big update, and it brings it more in line with Xbox’s already excellent mobile app.
- Apple is likely working on a search engine that can rival Google. It’s just a rumor, but one with a lot of steam behind it. Google is in the middle of an antitrust process with the US government, which may be a bad sign for Apple. Additionally, it’s likely that the company won’t want to rely on Google for its search capabilities. In either case, you can click the link to learn more about it.
Dragon landscapes adventure
Price: Play for free
Dragonscapes Adventure is a building simulator with a collector element. Players start on a remote island and build their small ecosystem, collecting different dragons and merging dragons to form new dragons. It’s not the most exciting game ever, but you can explore your island a little and see some things along with the main mechanics of the game. The dragons are cute and that appeals to some players. In addition, the graphics are simple but colorful, making the game enjoyable to watch. It won’t blow your mind, but it should serve as a decent waste of time.
Noobly is a social app for gamers. You can browse profiles and see what other people are playing. From there, invite them to play these games with you. It is not advertised as a dating app, although it probably could be for some people. In either case, a tinder-style patching mechanic is used to display profiles. They cross out the ones you don’t think you will like. You put things on your profile like interests, games you play, and other hobbies. It’s in beta for early access so not many people are on duty yet. If it pops out, it could be a good place for gamers to rest.
Price: Play for free
Sumikkogurashi Farm is by far the toughest name in Android Apps Weekly history. This is a farming simulator that is similar in scope to games like FarmVille. You grow crops to earn money and XP, to level up, to unlock more things, and to grow more things. There’s also a character customization element, monthly events, and a few other little additions to the game to keep things interesting. It’s a relaxing game without a lot of player input, but many players seem to enjoy the simplicity of the game. It’s a free game, but you don’t have to buy anything to enjoy yourself.
Price: Free / Up to $ 9.99
SideSqueeze + is an app primarily intended for Samsung Galaxy phone owners. It gives devices the ability to launch apps that are similar to the functionality we used on previous Pixel and HTC devices. The app needs to be calibrated, but it worked pretty well on our Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The app won’t work on every device, but it has found a home with Nexus 5 owners who miss the ability of older Pixels to limit themselves to the active Google Assistant. There are even S-Pen features if you want to try it out with your Galaxy Note device. However, it is accessed early. So expect some bugs, glitches, and compatibility issues here and there.
Price: Play for free
Spooky Wars is a hybird from different game genres, including tower defense, strategy, deck building and dueling mechanics. Players can collect up to 50 cards with upgrades to make them stronger. There are also three different game modes, social elements, leaderboards and one against a PvP. The gameplay is good and is reminiscent of games like Badlander Brawl (but not identical to these). The only real downside is that the game ran in a closed beta for a while and all of these players had to keep their game buffers on final release. So the first day players started the game at a serious disadvantage for the beta players. However, we expect this benefit to dissipate over time.
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