Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:
- It was revealed at CES 2016 that YouTube will soon support HDR video, which is following the trend started by big names such as Netflix, Amazon, and others. The only downside is that you can only consume this on devices that have HDR compatibility which are pretty much limited to only TVs for right now for various reasons.
- Another big announcement at CES 2016 was from Netflix. The video streaming giant announced that it was opening its doors to 130 new countries, which increases the number of compatible countries by over 200%. On top of that, they added a few more supported languages, bringing their total to 21. This is a huge move and lots of people will be signing up for Netflix over the next few weeks.
- Over the last week, Google quietly banned 13 applications that were secretly downloading other malware applications and potentially giving themselves root access so they could install themselves in the /system partition to survive a factory reset. They have been removed from the Play Store and if you downloaded them, prepare to reflash the stock software to get rid of them.
- Adult Swim announced a new mobile game this week that will revolve around the increasingly popular cartoon Rick and Morty. The game will be called Pocket Mortys and will play much like a Pokemon game. We know it will be free to play and it’ll be released on January 14th which means we’ll be talking about it again on next week’s show.
- On top of that, The Room 3 is arriving Monday, January 11th. We were huge fans of the first two titles here at Android Authority and we’re really looking forward to the third title. It’ll follow the basic premise and game play mechanics of the prior two titles but with a new story line thrown in. It’ll cost $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
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[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Defenders 2 is the spiritual successor to the highly popular Defenders game. For those who don’t know, Defenders 2 is a tower defense game where you must build towers, summon spells, and collect runes in order to create a good defense. The title contains 40 towers, 20 spells, more than 20 monster types and 29 boss fights. You can also fight with other players and there are even environmental obstacles. There are some bugs since this is brand new, but aside from that, this game is pretty good.
Cavernaut is a minimalistic maze game where you play as a little spaceship searching for resources and treasures. Using the controls, you must avoid obstacles as well as the sides of the map in order to avoid being destroyed. It features randomly generated caves that change each time you play, five areas to play through, and there are upgrades for your ship that make stuff easier. It’s $1.99 with no in-app purchases and it’s a fun little game.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a game that was originally available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC and has now made its way to Android. Simply put, this title has some of the best graphics we’ve ever seen on a mobile game and its reflected in its gigantic price tag and 5.5GB storage requirement. It is an NVIDIA Shield exclusive which kind of sucks, but it does come with some useful features, including Play Games achievements and cloud saves. If you have a Shield and $15, consider picking this up.
[Price: $2.49 with in-app purchases]
Worms 4 is the latest game in the Worms series to hit Android. This one comes with slightly improved graphics, brand new weapons, new locations, and 80 single player missions to enjoy. You can also play multiplayer online against real people and the developers have redone the game a bit to help make matches shorter for faster play. It’s $2.49 with in-app purchases which isn’t the best pricing model, but the game is enjoyable and there is a lot of stuff to do.
Apps is a new application with a fun story. A little while back, someone found a link to Google’s top charts that showed only top apps without a bunch of games thrown in. An enterprising developer turned this into an application where you can view the real top apps charts without being assaulted by a ton of games that you would only see a second time in the top charts for games. It’s a great app, I’ll be using it every day, and you should too because it’s entirely free.
If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about it in the comments!