Welcome to the 426th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:
- WhatsApp got some news this week. First, WhatsApp has improved its voicemail. Playback is slightly different and you have new options like fast forward mode. Click on the link to find out more. Additionally, WhatsApp is experimenting with larger file sizes when it comes to sharing. The service wants to improve this up to 2 GB. This is good news for users.
- Sony announced a new PlayStation Plus this week and it better rivals Xbox’s Game Pass. It basically adds a new tier to the existing PlayStation Plus that lets you do things like download and play games without paying for them and that includes cloud gaming. It won’t be available in all markets at launch, but it’s coming nonetheless.
- Microsoft has fixed one of the most annoying issues with Windows 11. As of this week, the stable release now allows users to switch browsers with just one click. Previously, it required several clicks. There’s not much else to this news. It was very annoying before and now it’s fixed.
- Xiaomi joins Samsung in the throttling niche. Geekbench co-founder John Poole discovered that Xiaomi throttled Geekbench when disguised as a game, but not when displayed as a benchmark. It’s the same kind of behavior that Samsung exhibited that got Samsung in hot water a few weeks ago. Hoping that Xiaomi fixes the problem like Samsung did.
- Many services are removing their footprint from Russia as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Penalties are currently preventing Russian developers from getting paid, so they are working on their own version of the Play Store. The new app store is apparently launching on May 9 this year, so work is progressing quickly.
Tamashi: Rise of Yokai
Price: free to play
Tamashi: Rise of Yokai is an anime-themed MMOARPG. This one has quite a lot to do. There is the usual scenario with various quests to do. There are also a few PvP modes for you to challenge yourself against other players. The graphics are good, the controls are decent even if the buttons are a bit small, and it worked pretty well. There are, however, a few complaints. In-app purchases help you excel in PvP gaming, so there’s a pay-to-win element. Also, the game moves so fast that the progression doesn’t feel very good. It definitely needs some tweaking, but it has potential.
Area by Autodesk
Area by Autodesk is a kind of social network for 3D artists. You download the app, create a profile, and start sharing your work with other creators. You can, of course, just create an account and browse too. It’s a decent place to store your 3D wallet as it’s designed specifically for that purpose. It also offers learning materials for people to further improve their craft. It will be nothing more than a niche app, but it works well for what it does.
Guns Up Mobile
Price: free to play
Guns Up Mobile is a PvP tower defense game. Players build their defenses and defend themselves against enemy assaults. Players simultaneously build their defenses while building their armies. You’re probably familiar with the gameplay from there. Everything can be upgraded so that the game loop is attack, defense and upgrade. You can also join alliances with other players to compete for leaderboard placement as well. It’s a little slow as you progress through upgrades, but otherwise it has the makings of a decent time killer.
Price: Free / $3.99
Symfonium is a lightweight music player with some really cool features. It not only plays local music, but it also works with a variety of self-hosted services like Subsonic, Plex, Emby, and others. So, it’s actually quite a nice all-in-one solution for people who want to use a specific service, but the mobile app for that service isn’t great. As a music player, Symfonium is pretty good. It’s one of those music players that will get you there without complaining and it’s easy to use. It also has Material You, so it’s also good in the themes department.
The M&M’s Adventure
Price: free to play
M&M’s Adventure is the latest simple arcade game with a famous brand attached to it. At its core, it’s a match-three puzzle game. You tap the matching candies to clear the board and once you clear that many, the level ends. There is a three-star system based on how many moves you can finish with that generates the replay value. There are also periodic challenges to complete, items to collect, and more. It’s kid friendly, just make sure you have a password on your Google Play account as this game has microtransactions.
If we missed any important news or releases of Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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