5 Android apps and games you shouldn’t miss this week! – Apps Weekly

by: Joe HindyFebruary 14, 2016

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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Let’s take a look at the biggest headlines from the last week:

  • Facebook Messenger is primed to get a huge Material Design update in the near future. However, that’s not all its getting. Testers of the app are reporting that Facebook is also working on multi-account support as well as SMS and MMS integration, which is kind of funny considering Hangouts abandoned that feature just a few weeks ago.
  • Twitter is now trying out a new Facebook-style algorithm that will try to show you relevant tweets instead of a chronological order. So far, the reaction has been polarizing because some people love it and others hate it. However, if you end up with it, you can disable it in the settings menu so at least it can be turned off.
  • Telltale Games announced this week that they’re going to be releasing a new episodic adventure based around Michonne’s character in The Walking Dead. If it’s anything like their prior games based around the series, then this one is going to be awesome. The release date is February 25th.
  • ASICS, the well-known sportswear company has announced that they’re going to buy Runkeeper. This followers in the footsteps of other sportswear companies such as UnderArmor acquiring Endomondo and ADIDAS buying Runtastic. We don’t know how much they paid for it or what’s going to happen to the app, yet.
  • It was rumored this week that Opera, makers of the famous browser, could be bought by Chinese investors for $1.2 billion. This comes on the heels of another announcement about an exclusive premium apps club where subscription members can download all the apps they want for a price. The service is kind of awesome and we’ll let you know more when we find out.

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GTA Liberty City Stories Android Apps WeeklyGTA Liberty City Stories

[Price: $3.99 (for now)]
GTA Liberty City Stories is the latest Grand Theft Auto game to hit the Play Store and this one is the first one designed specifically for mobile. It plays more or less like your usual GTA title except this one has shorter, more streamlined missions along with improved mobile controls from prior games in the series to create a better mobile experience. It’s suffering from some release day issues but those will be fixed eventually. It’s $3.99 which is 40% off.

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chromer Android Apps WeeklyChromer

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Chromer is a fun little application that lets you use Chrome Custom Tabs on applications even if the developer doesn’t support it. It’s not necessarily a new application but it received a huge update this last week that added webheads, which opens links in bubbles similar to Flynx and Link Bubble. The new feature works really well and seems to blend in well with the existing functionality. The app is free to download and it’s worth a shot if you’re looking for another bubble web browser.

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Alto's Adventure Android Apps WeeklyAlto’s Adventure

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Alto’s Adventure is a new 2D infinite runner with a simple premise. You are to ski down a mountainside, collect llamas and coins, and perform awesome tricks. Of course, there are also obstacles to avoid. It’s a simple game and most of your controls involve either tapping or tapping and holding to get desired results. It looks good and it plays well which makes it worth checking out. It’s free with in-app purchases, just like most infinite runners.

Get it now on Google Play!

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MyShake Android Apps WeeklyMyShake

[Price: Free]
MyShake is a fun little application developed at the University of Berkeley and it was built to detect earthquakes. It’s true that normal people will get next to no usage from an app like this, but if you live in an area prone to earthquakes, it could be a good idea to have something like this around. It measures shakes, includes safety tips for surviving an earthquake, and keeps a log to see how many there have been. It’s entirely free and it’s really cool that Android has an app like this now.

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Final Fantasy IX Android Apps WeeklyFinal Fantasy IX

[Price: $16.99]
Square Enix continues their torrid pace of re-releasing classic Final Fantasy games with the release of Final Fantasy IX. This game takes you on the journey of Zidane and Garnet as they stop the evil queen who is doing all kinds of terrible things. It features a 30+ hour experience with a long story, plenty of side quests, and some of the most lovable characters from the Final Fantasy franchise. It has some release day issues, but otherwise it seems to work well. It has a steep price tag at $16.99 but at least there are no in-app purchases.

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  • Android Developer

    About FF, Wish the trailer was as good as the graphics of the game

    • JosephHindy

      It is, the trailer has cutscenes from the actual game.

      • Android Developer

        I meant the parts that are not of the gameplay, like when you see the hair in details…

        • Nathan J

          That’s how it’s always been. The PSX FF games had pretty poor graphics when you could actually control the characters. The fight scenes looked better, and the pre-rendered cut scenes looked spectacular.

          But be realistic. Those games came out almost a decade before those graphics could be done in real time.

          • Android Developer

            yes, i know. Same goes for so many trailers…

          • JosephHindy

            to be fair, for the time period, those graphics were pretty amazing. FF7, 8, and 9 were among the most beautifully done games of their generation. It’s a sign of the times that people don’t appreciate that anymore :(

  • Nathan J

    I played a little of FFIX when it was new (on a PlayStation 1). It was a good game, I just got distracted. Never really had the patience for turn-based games. But, it was a lot of fun for the most part. The trailer, and the various music videos (seriously, do yourself a favor and look up AtomX on YouTube… Linkin Park’s In the End done to FFIX is considered one of the best anime/game music videos of all time) just make it seem like there’s so many feels. That poor little girl always looks sad. I’m not sure I want to find out why. But seriously, it’s a great looking game. FF games have always had great artwork and music.

    • JosephHindy

      Oh man, she’s sad for a lot of reasons. Square Enix takes a lot of crap, but none of the old fans have forgotten how good Square used to be at just piling on the bad days for characters.

      In FF4, you cut down defenseless people to steal their crystal, were fired from your job, assisted in blowing up a village and exterminating everyone against your will, watched a kingdom get blown up and everyone killed, watched a dude’s daughter die, watch your girlfriend get kidnapped, and then Leviathan ate your ship and “killed” all your friends.

      That’s 5 hours into the game. Squaresoft used to rock at dragging them feels out.

  • 1213 1213

    Anyone with a ps1 emulator could’ve already played ix. Would be interesting to see whether they can port a game that an emulator can’t run yet because of the overhead costs, like ffx.

    • Ajmcnicol

      Not everyone has, or knows how to run emultaors or are willing to be as ‘flexible’ as tech geeks like us to download technically illegal ROMs that you dont own.

      This is a good..LEGAL…way to run and play this game. Both if you loved it on the PS1 before and already played it….or new younger kids who missed out cause its so old.

      • 1213 1213

        I know, I just wanna see how far they can go without the overhead costs of an emulator. Would be interesting to see if they do bring x and xii on to mobile.

        • JosephHindy

          Keep in mind also that the legit version of the game has perks, like 9999 hit mode (all attacks do max damage), ability booster (learn abilities instantly), exp booster (lvl 99 instantly), gil booster (unlimited gil) and fast forward mode (fast grinding).

          These features are difficult, and in some cases, impossible to include on an emulator :)

  • Vincentius Phang

    I think Alto is a rip off of Ski Safari. uninstalling it after just one day.