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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:
- Google is working on a new feature where people can test out games without downloading the game. When you search for games in Google Search on your Android device, you’ll get the option to try the game right there in the browser. This is a nifty feature that could save people a lot of downloading.
- It’s rare to see Google turn its back on a feature, but starting with Chrome version 49, the famed browser will no longer merge recent apps with tabs by default. This was something that irked a great many people, myself included, and is the first feature turned off by many people. Soon, we won’t have to turn it off ever again.
- Disney has announced that a Mickey Mouse themed version of the popular time waster Crossy Road was going to be coming to Android and iOS eventually. There will be over 100 unlockable Disney characters, each with their own soundtracks which actually sounds kind of cool. We don’t have an exact release date yet.
- T-Mobile has finally gotten YouTube under its BingeOn banner after lengthy negotiations. As part of the talks, YouTube will be doing its own video optimization instead of T-Mobile which is interesting, because soon every other BingeOn member will be able to do the same thing. Score one for net neutrality!
- Minecraft, one of the world’s most popular games, is coming to VR. Namely, the Samsung Gear VR. This could be a lot of fun as the game would be perfect as a VR title with its limitless game play and exploration. Unlike most games, Minecraft will remain exactly as it is, but you’ll be able to look around as though you were in VR. Word is that it will be out later this year.
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Spotlight Music is a newer music application that plugs into Spotify and lets you listen to your collection on a fully Material Design interface. This is a far cry from the dark, simplified interface of the actual Spotify app and whichever one is better is best left up to personal interpretation. Spotlight Music is a fun little app that seems to work well, although there are some bugs here and there. It also isn’t as feature filled as the stock Spotify app, but it is worth keeping an eye on.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Disney Magic Kingdoms is a new game out this week from Gameloft and Disney. This is yet another Disney-themed builder sim from Gameloft. In this one, the Magic Kingdom gets all messed up and it’s your job to rebuild it as you see fit. The game is rife with Disney references along with characters and scenes from various movies. In terms of mechanics, it works like pretty much builder sim with some differences here and there. It’s free with in-app purchases and it’s family friendly.
LastPass Authenticator is a new app from LastPass that gives you two-factor authentication for your LastPass account. It will generate a six-digit code that you can approve of in the app before LastPass lets anything go through or you can set it up to scan QR codes instead. It also works with Google Authenticator along with any TOTP-based authentication. It’s free and pretty much a must have app for anyone who uses LastPass.
Back in its day, Rayman was a fun platformer with a cult following. Now, Ubisoft has re-released the original Rayman for mobile so fans can relive the old days once again. The creators did quite a bit to allow the game to have its old school charm, so the graphics didn’t get a huge boost and most of the controls and game play remained the same. Make no mistake, this is the game that came out in 1995, just adapted for mobile. It also has no in-app purchases.
PlayStation Video is a new video streaming platform from Sony. This app allows you to purchase or rent TV shows or movies and then stream directly on the application. It’s linked with your PlayStation Network account so you can stream them on your PlayStation as well. The interface works for the most part, although there are some optimizations that probably need to be made because the app does feel a bit clunky. Otherwise, this is probably a must have app for PlayStation owners who intend on using the service.
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