Welcome to the 427th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:
- Google is trying to make games easier to find on your Chromebook. A potential new search service is helping people find games by aggregating a bunch of results at once. Since Chrome OS now supports Steam and is suitable for some game streaming services, you can search for all services. Click on the link to find out more.
- Microsoft is aiming for tighter integration with Android. The company recently revamped its Android development teams in hopes of providing better overall integration. The reorganization involves the splitting of a dedicated team that reports only to Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay. We don’t know what the team will do first, but hopefully it’s good.
- A new Google Play Protect feature removes permissions from your unused apps. The feature is already present on all phones running Android 11 and above. However, Google is porting the feature to devices running Android 10 and earlier through Google Play Protect. Some devices, like Samsung phones, already have this feature, but it’s nice to see it reaching more people.
- Hacking is back on the rise and has been since 2018. We asked our audience if they had ever hacked anything before and 83% said they had. This is not unusual, as hacking is fairly easy to do and has been around for many years. Streaming services seem to have forgotten that their main competitors are pirate sites and not each other. Click on the links to see full details and survey numbers.
- Google makes it harder for people to find apps that aren’t getting consistent updates. The company does this in the name of security, as older apps may have exploits that developers haven’t patched yet. From November 2022, apps that target anything before the two most recent versions of Android will be hidden from more and more people.
League of Angels: Chaos
Price: free to play
League of Angels: Chaos is a new mobile MMORPG. Players create a character and have a choice of three base classes. The classes are dragon, mage and archer. Everyone has their own style of play. Some other features of the game include alliances, cross-server competitions, equipment crafting (called forging), player trading function, and more. The game has an automatic mode, which some fans of the genre will not appreciate. Otherwise, it’s a pretty standard MMORPG. You go on quests, get loot, and level up your character. Also, progression is the weirdest mix of too fast at first and too slow once you get far enough into the game.
It definitely has its flaws and you can work your way to the end of various in-game challenges. only pays off if you want to get to the end very quickly. It has potential if the devs tighten it up a bit, but so far it’s pretty average.
Linios icons (seven colors)
Price: $0.99 each
Developer GomoTheGom II recently released seven icon packs on the Play Store under the name Linios. There are seven packs in total and each is basically a different color. Each pack costs $0.99 and includes 3,000 icons along with matching wallpapers. The developer is also taking requests for new icons that should appear in each pack. Tap the button below to visit the developer’s Google Play page where you can find all seven packs.
Top Mech presents itself as a strategic combat game featuring mechs. It plays like many mobile strategy games. You get resources, build a base, train troops and defend against attacks. This represents the main gameplay loop and it’s nothing we haven’t seen before in the genre. Our only complaint is with the in-app purchases. You can literally buy buffs for your army with real money and while we don’t like to use the dreaded pay-to-win phrase very often, this is a pretty good example of that. If the developer comes up with a better way to monetize this game, it’s a decent city-building strategy game. Otherwise, we think most players will leave pretty quickly.
Jolt Social Game
Game Jolt Social is a social space for gamers. It works like almost any other social media site. You can post videos of yourself playing games, fan art, and stuff like that. You follow people, other people follow you and you make new friends. The app offers over 60,000 communities to join, a one-to-one chat feature, and you can create your own community with your own moderation team. It already has a decent number of users and it’s honestly not a terrible place to hang out with other players.
Rovio Classics: Angry Birds
Rovio Classics: Angry Birds is actually just the first re-released Angry Birds game on Android. It contains the original game as well as the original gameplay with a few extra elements to freshen things up. The original game was originally on its own game engine and this variant is built on Unity. So developers can actually keep it updated without worrying. Anyway, this is actually the original game. There are 390 levels, no in-app purchases, no ads (which we saw, anyway), and more. There’s also a new Mighty Eagle mechanic which is pretty cool. It’s the same cheap, simple, family-friendly arcade game we saw years ago. It’s honestly worth the $0.99 price tag, even if you played it 10 years ago.
If we missed any important news or releases of Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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