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5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

The 207th Android Apps Weekly is out! This week we talk about The Walking Dead in AR, Cortana and Alexa's new collaboration, and more Android apps news!

Published onSeptember 4, 2017

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Welcome to the 207th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the biggest headlines from the last week:

  • Google is trying for more standalone Android Wear apps. A big change this week makes standalone apps compatible with Android Wear 1.0. It was available only on Android Wear 2.0 previously. The change also affects iOS with Android Wear. Hopefully this motivates developers to make more Wear apps. The pickings are a little thin. The change will take affect in January of 2018.
  • The Walking Dead: Our World was announced earlier this week. The game is an AR experience. Players can slaughter zombies in the real world wherever they are. There are cameo appearances from the show. They show up to help you kill zombies. There’s no release date just yet. However, it should be sometime soon. Season eight is just around the corner.
  • The Google Play Indie Game Festival finalists were announced this week. Some of the finalists include Crashy Cars, 7 Pin Pool, Star Vikings Forever, Slayaway Camp, Storm Wars, and Topsoil. There are just shy of two dozen total finalists. The event itself takes place on September 23rd. Thus, we only have a couple of weeks until we find out the winners.
  • Amazon Alexa and Cortana have some big updates coming. Namely, they will soon talk to each other. The idea works like this. You can use Windows 10 to tell Cortana to talk to Alexa and vice versa. This collaboration won’t make either better than the competition individually. However, the two combined is definitely the best personal assistant experience out there. That’s assuming they do it right.
  • Google Assistant may be getting a huge feature in Android Oreo. There is code that suggests that third party apps can open Google Assistant. That means you can have the experience without leaving whatever app is open. There are a laundry list of requirements. The app has to work on Oreo, the phone has to be on Oreo, and then developers can add Google Assistant integration.

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