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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Let’s check out the biggest headlines from the last week!
- Sony announced that they will soon be developing games for mobile. They’ve established a new company called ForwardWorks that will take some old PlayStation properties and create new mobile games out of them. Sony has promised that these will be full-fledged games which is something everyone has been pining for.
- A study was released this week that shows that the majority of in-app purchases take place over the first three days of an app’s’ existence and, more interestingly, half of all in-app purchase revenue comes from a measly 1.9% of mobile gamers. This is a vastly different figure than most were probably expecting.
- There is so much hype for Miitomo right now that you could probably put it on a plate and eat it. The app was released in Japan this last week and has already netted over one million downloads. That’s quite impressive and we expect the numbers to be similar or better when it gets a worldwide launch.
- We received our first official look at Pokemon GO this week with app screenshots. This is shortly after a video was leaked at SXSW that showed how the game will be played. We still have no idea when the game will be released, but expect it to be a huge hit when it does come out because it looks like fun.
- Google is engaging in a little bit of April Fool’s day tomfoolery this week as an astronaut named Alex Scott has been posting app reviews all over the place in the Play Store. The gag is that Alex Scott is posting from low orbit using a Nexus 16 and he’s using spaceships instead of stars. Very amusing, Google.
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ProtonMail is a new email application that features end-to-end encryption. This adds in a layer of security and privacy that other email clients generally don’t have. You can set message passwords, use swipe gestures, and even search through your email if need be. It features a clean, useful design with easy controls. It’s entirely free to use without advertising for single users, although enterprise users may have to pay a premium.
DIRAC is the latest game from Mediocre, the creators of Smash Hit and Do Not Commute. In this little puzzle game, your job is to connect various dots but you must avoid the wrong colors. The better you do, the more points you get. It has a sci-fi theme to it and the game tends to rest on the easy side according to most reviewers. It’s not the most exciting game ever, but it is relatively inexpensive and has no in-app purchases. It also has Google Play Games achievements.
Reverse Tethering NoRoot is an application that does what the title says it does. It allows you to hook your device up to your computer and then you can use your computer’s Internet connection on your phone. This is useful in those rare cases where you don’t have a steady web connection for your device. It doesn’t work with every application, such as the Google Play Store, but it does work surprisingly well. There is a free version with some limitations and a paid version with no limitations.
Total War Battles Kingdom is a new strategy game out of SEGA. In this title, you’re tasked with building a base, battling bad guys, and taking on opponents online in real time. It’s not quite as in-depth as an Age of Empires game, but it should provide more depth and game play than something like Clash of Clans. It looks good and the mechanics seem to work pretty well. It’s free to play with in-app purchases. It’s also cross-platform so you can play on phones, tablets, or even computers.
DroidID is a very creative application and perhaps the best one yet that uses Android Marshmallow’s native fingerprint scanner support. This app allows you to lock your computer and then unlock it by using a fingerprint on your device. You’ll have to install the app and the computer companion but our testing shows that it actually works. For now, it only supports Mac but word is that Windows support is coming soon. You can bet I’m going to have this one for a while.
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If we missed any big Android apps or games news, releases, or updates, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.