Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! This week we talk about Rocket Player’s return to the Google Play Store. Google has cleaned up all of the Swing Copter clones which is a good thing. As it turns out, Amazon bought Twitch and not Google. A new study came out that shows that mobile usage trumps desktop usage but people aren’t using that many apps. T-Mobile’s Music Freedom promotion added a number of new streaming services, but still no Google Play Music. Finally, here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week.
First up this week is Locket Lock Screen. You may remember this as the app that let you click on ads to make money but they have since changed their tune. Their new app is a lock screen replacement app that shoots news directly to your lock screen. It’s pretty well designed and works well even though it’s in beta. It’s also free which is nice.
Google News and Weather was brought back from the dead this last week and with it came a huge update. First and foremost, it’s not available in the Google Play Store free of charge. It’s also received a huge UI update that brings the popular card UI into the mix. It’s rolling out right now so it may still read as incompatible for some. Otherwise, why not check it out?
PushBullet got an update this last week that seems pretty innocuous except for one big thing. With this update, you can now reply to text messages directly from your computer (using any app) instead of just seeing the notifications. This practically doubles the usefulness of PushBullet and the app is free to use so why not right?
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Lockable is an application that lets you put a lock screen on your Android Wear device. It’s a fairly simple premise and lets you do things like have a pin on your Wear device so that you can keep it secure. The app is free to use but to get the pin and pattern unlock, you’ll have to pay for it via in app purchases.
[Price: Free / $4.00]
Last up this week is an update to Nova Launcher. Along with the usual bug fixes and performance improvements you’ll also get several new app drawer transitions to let you customize your app drawer more. The transitions are circle, slide up, zoom, and fade which are pretty self-explanatory. If you’re a Nova user already, the update should be rolled out by now.