Welcome back to the 134th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:
- Google is continuing their big changes with Google Wallet, but this one isn’t so great. As of June 30th, the Google Wallet debit cards that were issued will cease to function. While it was a cool idea that some people used, it just never took off and Google likely wants people to focus more on Android Pay. Hence, the card will go the way of Google Helpouts.
- One of the funnier April Fool’s jokes was Gmail’s mic drop. It added in a gif of a Minion and then permanently archived and muted the email thread, never to be seen again. Unfortunately, some weren’t paying attention and ended up sending it to inappropriate people, like their bosses, and ended up getting fired. That’s like 45% funny, and 55% horrible.
- A new study by Statista showed us which applications received the largest amount of growth between December 2014 and December 2015. The list isn’t what you’d expect with apps like Lowe’s, GIF Keyboard, SiriusXM, and others showing incredible growth. There were some familiar faces though, including Airbnb, and Microsoft’s OneDrive.
- It was announced this week that Cortana will soon be able to show you notifications from your Android phone on your Windows PC. This is an often sought after feature that would be a welcome addition for many and we hope that one day we’ll even be able to respond to notifications using Windows 10.
- It’s no secret that Riptide GP2 was one of my favorite racing games ever so it should surprise you little that I’m wicked stoked that Riptide GP: Renegades is arriving this Spring. The trailer was released and the game looks really good. It should have a decent campaign mode, multiplayer, and plenty of stuff to do.
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The official Google Calculator has hit the Google Play Store and is ready for download whenever you want it. It’s a fairly solid calculator that will do most basic stuff without breaking a sweat, but it’s no replacement for something complex like a graphing calculator. It’s entirely free, but it’s not available for all, or even most devices. If it’s available for you, it’s a flashy and good looking calculator that’s entirely free to use.
LEGO Jurassic World is a new game out of Warner Bros that lets you replay the memories of all of the Jurassic Park movies, wonderfully recreated in LEGO format. It features a ton of scenes and content from the movies, including all of the various chases, dinosaurs, and intense moments that we all remember. The game mechanics are interesting although the controls could use a little bit of optimization. It’s $4.99 with no in-app purchases and it looks really good.
MailTime is a new email application that organizes your emails into conversations like you would see in a text messaging app. It allows you to view the email thread as a conversation and respond in kind. This is a unique premise since everyone uses email but the mechanics of email have remained largely untouched in its entire history. It supports group emails, voice email, and more. It’s a bit buggy since it is so new, but the idea is definitely solid.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Miitomo has finally received something akin to a worldwide launch. It’s available in more than just Japan although there are still a ton of countries that can’t get it yet. For those who have been living under a rock, Miitomo lets you make a Mii character and then customize it with clothing items and interesting tidbits about yourself. You make friends, answer questions, and get points. You can even use the platinum points for 3DS content if you link your Nintendo account. It’s kinda fun, kinda creepy, and definitely Nintendo.
Related best app lists:
- Yes, Riptide GP2 still adorns our best Android racing games list!
- Check out the best email apps for Android!
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