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Welcome to the 199th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:

  • It appears Ticketmaster is partnering with a company called Lisnr. The idea is to make it easier than ever to get into venues when you have tickets. Lisnr’s technology transmits data at high frequencies. Ticketmaster wants to build scanners that can handle those signals. Thus, instead of a paper ticket, your phone just plays an absurdly high pitched noise that tells the scanner that you’re ready to go. It’s neat technology, but we’re not sure when it’ll be ready for prime time.
  • Google Drive’s has a big update that’s being delayed. The service would allow you to backup pretty much your entire computer if you wanted it to. However, there appears to be some rather large glitches in the Matrix. In other words, it has some pretty massive bugs. The delay will likely last until everything is ready. The update’s original release date was June 28th.
  • We asked all of you what your favorite launcher was. The winner by a large margin was Nova Launcher. Action Launcher and Google Now Launcher rounded out the top three. That’s really interesting considering that the Google Now Launcher doesn’t exist anymore. Evie Launcher, Arrow Launcher, and ASAP Launcher finished out the list. There were also some fun ones in the comments. Check the link to see the results for yourself!
  • The Google Play Store received an update this week. It is now easier to see what’s new in an app update. There is a new down arrow on the update page for each app. Clicking it shows you the change log for that app. That means it’s much easier checking out what’s new in an app update. It’s a small change and one that most people likely won’t use. Tech nerds will be happy to see it, though!
  • Pokemon Go is hitting its one year anniversary soon. Niantic plans to make it a special event. To celebrate, the game will include a special edition of Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat. Additionally there is also an anniversary box that you can purchase in the in-game store for a discount. There is also an even in Chicago on July 22nd. The event runs from July 6th through July 24th. .

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Phantasy Star II

Price: Free / $1.99
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Phantasy Star II is one of several recent Sega games. It's a sci-fi RPG that you can play for free. It features a story line and campaign that lasts around 30 hours give or take. It also features retro style combat, various gear to collect, and eight playable characters. This is one of those games that helped defined what were like in the 1990s. It's free to download and play in its entirety. You can pay the $1.99 to remove ads if you'd like.
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Vizmato

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Vizmato is a simple video editor app. You can use it to do things like add filters, effects, and other small things like that. It boasts a collection of over 40 video effects, some basic photo editing tools like clipping, filters, and even music. Some of those things are premium features that you have to purchase through in-app purchases. It's good for super basic stuff like an Instagram video or something for Facebook. However, it's not replacing Adobe Premiere Pro anytime soon.
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Vizmato

Kid Chameleon

Price: Free / $1.99
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Kid Chameleon is one of the best platformers from the old Sega days. It's about a kid who can wear masks to obtain their powers. The game is a faithful recreation of the original. It includes over 100 levels with various secrets and hidden areas to find. There are also nine masks to collect, save/load support, offline play, and more. It's part of the Sega Forever collection. That means it's free to play with ads or you can pay $1.99 to remove the ads.
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LightX Photo Editor

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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LightX is a new photo editor app. It's has a decent selection of features. They include photo frames, stickers, a background changer, blur effects, and more. It also comes with some actual photo editing tools including curves, levels, vignette effects, brightness, exposure, contrast, and the usual array of other sliders. It's simple enough to use and most of the features are free. It is still in beta so there may be some bugs here or there.
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All That Remains: Part 1

Price: $1.49
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All that Remains: Part 1 is the first in a new series of escape room games. Your character and your sister have been placed in a bunker for some reason. Your goal is to find your sister and then find your way out. It has a horror element to the story along with some quirk in the dialog. It also includes a mechanic to take pictures of clues so you don't have to back track. The reviews have been extremely positive so far. It's also a pay-once game for $1.49.
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If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about it in the comments. Thank you for reading and come back next week for more apps and games news!

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!