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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines from the past week.
- With a little bit of tinkering, it’s been found that you can, in fact, control Windows 10 with your Android smartphone. It requires the use of Tasker and a couple of plugins so there is a learning curve, but it’s really cool to see this being done.
- Earlier this week, the esteemed and unique browser Link Bubble received a huge update to version 1.5. On top of getting an update, the app also got a new owner as developer Chris Lacy announced the sale. It was for an undisclosed amount and to an undisclosed company. I’m sure we’ll know soon enough.
- Speaking of things being sold, Nokia offloaded their acclaimed HERE Maps to various German auto manufacturers such as Audi and BMW for about $2.8 billion USD. This is a huge deal, but interestingly enough, Nokia took a loss because they originally paid $8.1 billion for it.
- Square Enix announced a huge sale this week that includes a number of their biggest titles, including some Final Fantasy games, Secret of Mana, and Dragon Quest VIII. Square Enix is known for putting out some expensive games so this is a great chance to get them a little cheaper.
- A new Humble Bundle is out now and it includes nine games from Games Workshop which means there are a ton of Warhammer games to be had. The whole package would cost $44 if you bought them separately but you can get them all for just about $4 and donate to charity in the process. That’s a win-win.
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The beta version of Google’s Chrome browser received a fairly significant update this last week. It will now have Chrome Custom Tabs enabled which, for those who may not know, is something that was announced for Android M back at Google I/O. Along with that came an update to the bookmark interface and media playback controls. If you want to see the future of the Chrome Browser, then give this app a try.
Barmark is an interesting and unique adventure game that has no point. By that I mean there is no score, no goals, and no 3-starring anything. You walk around in a fairly well designed world and alter the landscape based on what you think it should look like. It’s kinda weird because it doesn’t have a goal or a point which technically doesn’t qualify it as a game but it’s an interesting app nevertheless. It is $2.99 but do beware of those release day bugs.
Gunjack is a new game that was developed specifically for the Samsung Gear VR platform by the developers who bought us the EVE series of games. It’s a first person shooter where you sit in a turret, spin around, and shoot bad guys. This is an awesome premise and one of the few VR games that really takes advantage of the platform without feeling like it was intentionally built around it. It’s done but won’t be available to owners until this autumn.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
FishBrain is an app for fishing enthusiasts that kind of turns the actual act of fishing into a video game. It’s a crowd sourced application that allows you to see what fish are biting, where, and keep track of where you are when the fish start biting. There are also leaderboards per location so you can see who has caught the most and biggest fish. It’s a fun little app and one that all anglers should definitely try.
Shooting Stars is the latest game out of Noodlecake Studios. This one has you suiting up and battling aliens that are mostly disguised as celebrities. It’s an arcade shooter with retro graphics and tons of rainbow lasers, explosions, and bright colors. The game also includes over 60 ridiculous weapons, plenty of celebrity cameos, and there’s even a hover board. It’s fast paced and utterly ridiculous. There are also no in-app purchases.
If we missed any great Android apps or games news this week, tell us about it in the comments! Thanks for checking out the show and we’ll see you next week!