Android Apps Weekly
Welcome to the 204th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Google is no longer the default search engine on Google Chrome in Russia. Users will be able to choose their search engine upon opening the app. This is in response to the lawsuit that cost Google a pretty penny a while back. Hardware partners can still ship with Google apps. However, that is a decision they will have to make. Again, this is only in Russia.
  • Facebook’s Lifestage app is dead. The company removed the app from the Play Store earlier this week. For those who don’t remember, it’s was a Snapchat-style app for high school kids. It never really took off. Additionally, it had been months since its last update. Facebook released a statement saying that it was an educational experience. However, at the end of the day, it was an abject failure.
  • Disney is breaking their deal with Netflix. The media giant decided to withdrawal their titles from the service. They’re going to open two new streaming services using BAMtech as their backend. That’s the same company that does streaming for MLB and others. Netflix is keeping the Marvel TV stuff. That’s good news. However, the rest of it is going to get expensive for Disney fans.
  • Adventure Time games are the flavor of the year it seems. There’s a new one on its way called Adventure Time Champions and Challengers. It’ll feature RPG mechanics, 120 levels, 12 chapters, and more. It’ll almost certainly be a freemium game. You should adjust your expectations accordingly. The game is available for pre-registration now on Google Play.
  • Google is allegedly working on a Snapchat-style news story. It’ll work with the current AMP program along with a new thing called The Stories. The two should provide a collection of slides that people scan scroll through. It won’t deliver the detailed news, but most people read headlines these days anyway. The slides will contain words, images, and video, according to sources. Google neither confirmed or denied the rumors.

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Voletarium: Sky Explorers

Price: Free / Up to $5.99
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Voletarium: Sky Explorers is a new adventure game. The story goes that two characters seek to find what happened to their ancestors. You'll traverse a large world while flying. The game lets you design your own flying machines, collect parts for them, and explore around. There are some real life elements to the game. You can check them out if you ever make your way to Europa-Park in Germany.
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Adapticons

Price: Free / $0.99
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Adapticons brings the functionality of Android O's adaptable icons to most other devices. It allows you to theme almost any icon on your device. You simply pick your icon, pick the shape you want, and the app will make it. You can use it with your stock icons or with icon packs. The only caveat is that you'll need a launcher that supports custom icons. The free version gives you enough to try out the app. The paid version adds even more options.
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Adapticons

Carmageddon: Crashers

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Carmageddon: Crashers is a new drag racing game. It plays and feels a lot like other drag racing titles such as CSR Racing and others. You'll time your starts for a boost, then time your shifts in order to gain more momentum. However, you'll be crashing into your opponents instead of trying to beat their time. They disguise the mechanics well, but it plays like most other drag racing games. It's also quite buggy. It's not half bad when it works. We understand if you don't think it's original, though.
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Samsung Internet Browser

Price: Free
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Samsung doesn't put an app in the Play Store often. At least, not ones that compatible with non-Samsung devices. Samsung Internet Browser appears to be an exception. It has a decent set of features. They include extensions, Material Design, a night mode, and more. Many of the extensions won't work on many devices. However, at least one of the content blockers should. It's in beta. That means there are bugs and instability. It's also kind of slow. This one has good bones, though. It could be really good eventually.
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Samsung Internet Browser

Titanfall: Assault

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Titanfall: Assault is the latest game in the popular FPS franchise. This one isn't an FPS title, though. It's a real-time strategy game with card collecting mechanics. That means the freemium style is alive and well. The combat is a little more fun than usual in this genre. However, a lot of your success will depend on your card collection. It's not bad for fans of the series and fans of RTS games. It also has a few bugs like most newer games do.
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Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!