[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Space Climb is a fun little time waster game that’s difficult in the same kind of way Flappy Bird way. The idea is you drag your finger across the board to move your little icon in hopes to avoid hitting the walls while also collecting coins. It’s tougher than it looks and you can keep going if you watch an ad video or pay up in coins. You can also earn more by connecting to Facebook and there are Google Play Games achievements which is nice. It’s free to play so why not give a shot?
Welcome back to the Android Apps Weekly show! Here are your biggest headlines from the last week:
- A few weeks back we talked about how Google Map Maker was making a comeback. This week, we’re finally seeing it starting to roll out to select markets along with the new moderation tools put in place to prevent pranksters from messing things up again.
- Piracy has been a problem on Android for a while and occasionally devs fire back against those stealing their property. This week, Noodlecake decided to take action and uploaded a tweaked APK that made the third level impossible to beat if the game was pirated. Despite the 89% piracy rate, Noodlecake is taking it all in stride. Good for you.
- Niantic Labs, the development team responsible for the hit game Ingress, has announced that they are becoming a company independent of Google and they’re taking Ingress and their other app, Field Trip, with them. This doesn’t mean much for players, but congrats to Niantic Labs.
- PornHub, one of the premiere porn streaming sites out there, is thinking of going legit. They’re working on a streaming service akin to Netflix which will include a paid subscription service along with apps. The app will never make it to Google Play so parents won’t have to worry about kids stumbling onto it that way.
- Last up this week, Google has announced a new initiative called Android Experiments. This is a little thing where app developers who do something special and unique can be promoted by Google. There’s a website and the whole nine yards and it should yield some awesome results.
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[Price: Free with subscription]
LastPass is a world-renown password manager and this last week the app got a huge update. Before you used to have to pay for a subscription just to use it on mobile. Those are now gone as LastPass is now free to use on mobile. There is still a subscription if you want cross-platform syncing to your computer, but if you want something just for your phone, this is an amazing options for password management. Give it a shot.
[Price: Free / $3.79]
Focus is a new gallery application that is no joke. It’s smooth and clean with easy access to literally every image on your device. It has a host of organizational options to keep your photos in line and provides a truly smooth experience. If you fork out the money for the premium version, you’ll have advanced tagging so you can organize your photos even more, a dark theme, and plenty of other features. I have it on good authority from the developer that Google Photos will also be supported in an upcoming update.
Dreamify is a new application that warps your photos. It’s based around the Deep Dream project that Google had going to show people how neural networks actually work and using that premise, turns your photos into something that looks like it belongs on the cover of the next Tool album. It’s really quite entertaining although your results will vary as there are some release day bugs that haven’t quite been ironed yet. At least it’s free to use.
Tunnel Vision is one of a few new applications out of Google Creative Labs that came out this week. This one is an application that allows you to record your surroundings but instead of just taking pictures or video, this one adds a number of filters to the images to give it a little flair. It works pretty well and it’s an open source application so developers can contribute to it as they please. It’s free and a fun little app.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Last and certainly not least this week is Fallout Shelter. Android fans have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on this one since it was announced at E3 and it has finally been released. This game is closer to a simulation than an actual Fallout game, but Bethesda has managed to make it fun and entertaining enough to where we don’t care. You’ll build a Vault, play matchmaker to your Dwellers, and explore the wasteland. It’s a lot of fun and it’s free to play.
If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know about it in the comments below! Thanks again for watching and reading and we’ll see you next week!