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

In this week's episode of Android Apps Weekly, we continue the saga of Sega removing games, talk a bit about Google I/O, and talk about some new games!
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May 22, 2015

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Sponsor: Transformers: Battle Tactics

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Transformers: Battle Tactics is an online game where you assemble a team of Transformers and duel it out online versus other players in real time. The premise is fairly simple. You build a team that can have Autobots, Decepticons, or both and then you take that team online to face other people. In battles your Transformers have their own stats and you have extra bonus powers to help you along the way. There are a whole bunch of ways to build your team and use your powers to your advantage. DeNA also throws events fairly frequently where almost every player gets a little something. It’s a good time and free to download so it won’t hurt to give it a shot.

Get it on Google Play

Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:

  • Last week we talked about Sega’s plans to remove games that didn’t fit their standard. This week, three apps got the chop including After Burner Climax, Jet Set Radio, and Super Monkey Ball 2. On top of that, 16 games were removed from the Apple App Store. We expect the removals to continue.
  • A new Humble Bundle is out now and this time it’s all about developer Artifex Mundi. You can pay whatever you want and get three games, pay the average and get four additional games, or pay a flat $9 and get all nine. These games would cost $41 if you bought them individually and it’s a great way to give to charity.
  • There is now evidence to support that Google will begin its “Designed for Families” program at Google I/O this year after developers received an email asking them to opt in by May 28th. For those who don’t know, “Designed for Families” is essentially a family friendly version of Google Play that will feature apps and games for all ages.
  • According to a report from Bloomberg, Google may be launching a new photo sharing service at Google I/O this year. It would be totally separate from Google+ photos and would let you share to other social media like Twitter and Facebook. We’ll tell you more when we find out more.
  • In our last bit of news this week, Spotify has announced a slew of new features. Among them is a new Now start page, Spotify Running which is music to specially picked for exercising, video clips, news clips, original content, and a lot more. If this hasn’t already rolled out, it will be soon.

For even more Android apps and games news, updates, headlines, and new releases, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter! There we round up everything that happened this last week and it’s the best way to stay up to date in the world of apps. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up using your email address and we’ll beam that straight to your inbox every single Friday.


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Twitch

[Price: Free]
Twitch released a sort-of update this last week that includes some security fixes, on-demand video, and the usual array of bug fixes and performance improvements. The interesting part is that instead of just releasing an update, Twitch has actually released a whole new application that starts at version 4.0. This is due to the security fixes that could not be implemented properly if it’d just been updated. So in order to get it, you’ll have to delete your current installation and download the new one which is linked using the button below.

Get it on Google Play

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Ire: Blood Memory

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Ire: Blood Memory is the first action RPG out of developers Tenbirds and this one is rather interesting. It adheres to an old-school feel which means it’s tough as nails, you will die a lot, and that’s perfectly okay with us. The game also features the ability to summon companions, and a combat system that requires actual thinking, strategy, and your environment. It’s definitely no Dark Souls, but it’s pretty fun.

Get it on Google Play

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Layout from Instagram

[Price: Free]
Layout from Instagram has actually been around for a long time as an iOS exclusive but no longer because it has been released for Android. This application allows you to create collages from your photos and then post them to Instagram. Some other features include the ability to find pictures with faces in them, integrated Instagram filters, and more. The best part is you don’t actually need to use Instagram to use this application. In fact, you don’t need an Instagram account at all. It’s worth a shot if you like collages.

Get it on Google Play
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Sunburn

[Price: $2.99]
Sunburn is a new game out of Noodlecake Studios, the developers responsible for Mikey Shorts, Punch Quest, and many others. In this retro-style game, you play as a ship captain that has lost your ship and your crew. You must navigate the harshness of space using your jetpack and find your crew without being hit by a comet. You must also do so before you run out of oxygen. It’s $2.99 with no in-app purchases and it’s a pretty decent little retro game.

Get it on Google Play

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MixRadio

[Price: Free]
MixRadio has finally made its way to the Google Play Store. The UK-based streaming service is a competitor to Pandora and attempts to create playlists of music based on your tastes. The idea is that the more you listen, the better it gets at predicting what you like but you can listen to curated playlists as well if that’s your thing. It also supports offline mode, has over 35 million tracks, and a fairly modern design.

Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know about it in the comments!