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5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly
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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines from the last week:
- Google announced earlier this week that the minimum price for an application in India has gone down. Originally, the price was set to 50 rupees and that has now dropped to 10 rupees. This will allow app devs to sell their application for less money and, hopefully, encourage people to buy more apps.
- In an unusually stupid move, Pandora will being offering a one-day pass of ad-free listening for $0.99. This adds up to about $30 per month and at that point, you might as well just use Spotify, or Google Play Music, or, you know, anything else. We don’t foresee this being too big of a deal although you never know with how people spend money these days.
- Earlier this week, Ironhide Game Studio, developers of the famed Kingdom Rush franchise, announced on Twitter that their first Kingdom Rush game is now free (with in-app purchases) and will remain that way. Even if it’s old, it’s still a solid little tower defense game and worth checking out.
- A new Humble Bundle is out now and includes such games as One More Line, Toy Defense, the Double Dragon Trilogy, and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath. You can get all of these games for the average price of just over $4 which is far less than you’d pay normally and this is a great way to give to charity!
- Last up this week, it was announced that YouTube has found a way around AdBlock. In a hilarious twist, users of AdBlock and similar apps go from not having to see ads to not being able to skip them unless they disable AdBlock. Users are understandably pissed and I’m sure the comment section will reflect that.
For even more Android apps and games headlines, updates, and new releases, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter! There you’ll find the complete list of stuff that happened this week, including the stuff we didn’t have time for here. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up for the newsletter using your email address and we’ll send it straight to your inbox every single Friday!
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You Sunk for Android Wear is, as you’d imagine, a game for Android Wear. In this simple game, you’re tasked with sinking all of the enemy battleships using a variety of weapons. The game can be played on either a phone or an Android Wear watch but it seems to be a little more fun on the watch. There are also power ups, different time settings, and even nukes if you want them. It’s free to download but do beware of the release day bugs.
VirusTotal Uplink is a newer antivirus application and virus scanner that scans your files and apps on command or you can have it run in the background. It’s well designed and comes with a very small footprint at 1.4MB. I know a lot of people don’t use antivirus apps and that’s okay but this seems to be something worth trying for those who do use Android antivirus applications. It is totally free with no in-app purchases
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Kill Me Again: Infectors is a match-3 puzzle game with some fighting game elements mixed in. Unlike most puzzle games that use these mechanics, this one actually kind of has a story line. It is a zombie game where you must survive in a world run by zombies but the cinematic graphics are pretty decent, the mechanics are solid, and it’s actually a pretty fun little time waster. It’s also free to download if you’re interested but again, watch out for those early bugs.
In an amusing bit of irony, the Adblock Browser was released earlier this week. In terms of pure browsing power, the Adblock Browser isn’t all that special. It does the basic browser stuff without a lot of bells and whistles. Obviously the main focus of this application is to block advertising and that is something that it does well. It’s worth a try if ad-blocking is something that’s important to you. As with most new apps, there are also a few bugs out of the gate.
In anticipation for the upcoming Android Pay rollout, Google has taken the Google Wallet functionality and put it in its own application. With this app you’ll be able to view your balance, manage your Google Wallet card if you have one, send and receive money, and a lot more. It’s essentially what the current Google Wallet app did except this one doesn’t do tap-to-pay transactions. If you use any of these features, you’ll want this app because we imagine that it’ll be leaving the current Google Wallet app once it turns into Android Pay.
If we missed any awesome new Android apps and games news or releases, tell us about them in the comments below!