Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines from the last week:
- An enterprising group of developers have found a way to port exclusive Oculus Rift games to the HTC Vive. So far, two games have been ported and they both seemed to work rather well. According to Polygon, the game actually played better on the Vive which we found interesting. You also must own the Oculus Rift version of the game before the Vive version will work.
- Google Play Music is reportedly going to launch their podcast platform on April 18th. Apparently, there was an embargoed email sent to NPR which was then leaked to the general public. In any case, the podcast platform will be a welcome addition and assuming the leaked emails are correct, we’ll see it live on the 18th.
- Mojang has announced that Minecraft: Pocket Edition is going cross-platform through an add-on to the game called Minecraft: Realms. The idea is to get everyone from every platform on the same version of Minecraft so we can all play together, no matter what system we’re rocking. The open beta is out now with no indication on a release date.
- Two months ago, Google announced that their Safe Browsing initiative would do away with phony download buttons and deceptive ads. This last week, the company finally made good on that promise and these new features should be rolling out to everyone. Once it’s done, it should be a cold day in hell before you see another fake download button.
- Miitomo is having a hell of a release on mobile. The app currently sits with over four million downloads, or about 370,000 downloads per day and makes about $280,000 per week. About 80% of all of that is iOS users which brings up the old debate as to which platform is actually better for game developers. Nevertheless, the app is doing amazingly well.
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HTC Boost+ is a new app from HTC that is included on many HTC devices and, surprisingly, available to pretty much everyone. The application has a few functions, but it’s basic premise is that it’s another one of those cleaner apps that claims to boost performance, save battery life, and clear out storage. The good news is that it will clear your cache and junk files but the bad news is that the rest of it is probably snake oil. It’s free so you can grab it if you want it.
Aurora: Quarantine is a new puzzle game where you must roll a ball around and solve some puzzles. The game’s immediate claim to fame is its graphics which are much better than most other puzzle games. The story of the game is that the Earth is polluted and you’re essentially a non-copyright infringement version of Wall-E. The controls appear to be a little glitched according to user reviews, but the developers claim that controller support and better on-screen controls are on the way. It’s $1.47 and has no in-app purchases.
You may remember ustwo as the developers that gave us the smash hit game Monument Valley. Well, this week they have launched an Android Wear watch face maker aptly named Face Maker. The application gives you two watch faces called Classic and Trio and from there, you can customize them to your specifications. There are a decent number of options although those looking for some hardcore editing may need to look elsewhere. It’s free with no in-app purchases, so at least there’s that.
Super Arc Light is a minimalist arcade shooter with a ton of colors and lots of spinning. The central premise is that you’re a dot rotating around a focal point. Your job is to shoot down bad guys as they try to infiltrate the center. The controls are easy enough. You press to shoot, hold to shoot more, and then you reverse course as soon as you’re done. It’s challenging and fast paced and you can also unlock stuff as you go. It’s a decent price and a fun little time waster.
Quote is a new RSS reader which is a rarer and rarer occurrence these days. Quote features a minimal style and takes a no-nonsense approach to RSS. It has the capacity to sync to Inoreader as well as Feedly and you can manage both feeds from this app. It has basic controls and settings, including the ability to schedule syncing and more. If you go pro, you can get rid of ads, use multiple accounts, and use more themes. If you’re looking for a simple RSS reader that syncs to Feedly or Inoreader, this is a good option.
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