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The app is all wrapped up in Material Design which is always a plus. Muzigrid also features some of the more standard music app stuff like a tag editor, album art, an equalizer, crossfade playback, and a lot more. There is even integration with Google Search for icons, album art, and lyrics to find those easily. It’s totally free to use so check it out and show your support for Android Apps Weekly!
Let’s get into the Android apps and games headlines from this last week!
- Adobe Lightroom Mobile received a fun update late last week. Adobe has announced that the app will no longer require an Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to function. This really opens up the mobile app for serious photographers although you’ll likely still need the desktop apps to maximize use.
- The latest victim in the “in-app purchases in kids games” problem is Kanye West, who blew up on Twitter after his kid spent a bunch of money on an iPad game. It shall go down in history as one of the few times most people agreed with Kanye West.
- A new malware called Ghost Push has been discovered in a number of apps, including some in the Play Store. The malware forces root access and then proceeds to do bad things. If you think you may be affected, there is an app to help fix it called Ghost Push Trojan Killer in the Play Store.
- Google Play Music appears to still be running its “best of” promotion and now the list of free best of albums has rotated to include artists such as Europe, Alice Cooper, Miles Davis, and more. You can head over to Google Play Music to check out the new collection and pick yourself up some free music! Do keep in mind that this is likely region restricted so you may or may not be able to get them.
- Waze released a report this last week that rated how well the driving experiences were around the world. They voted the Netherlands, Latvia, and the United States (tied with Sweden) in the top 3 with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Venezuela being the three worst due to the frequency and severity of traffic jams.
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Contrast is a new atmospheric adventure game released exclusively for NVIDIA Shield devices. It’s an action-platformer where you play as a girl who can seamlessly transition between being a real person and her own shadow. You play through the game transitioning between the two to overcome obstacles and progress in the story. It’s kind of like a 3D Limbo but with a better story line and slightly more complex puzzles. The price tag is a bit exorbitant but it seems like a legit game.
Cloud Chasers is a new game that falls into the category of survival adventure. You play as a girl and her father as you traverse a dangerous desert in search of a better life. You’ll have to manage their food and health much like you did in Oregon Trail. You’ll also have a glider that can be used for various purposes. The graphics are pretty nifty and the concept is definitely fun because the world is randomly generated and there are some fun elements. It also touches on the topic of immigration. There are also no in-app purchases.
Wonderwall is a new wallpaper application that brings something a little bit different. The app is awash in landscape and nature photography that you can use as wallpaper images for your device. Each day, they add a new, hand-selected wallpaper to add to the collection. All of this is wrapped in Material Design which makes it easy enough to wander around and search through. It also comes with auto-set that lets the app set the wallpapers for you and you can even submit your own photography. It’s also totally free with no in-app purchases.
Pocket Programming is a newer application that aims to help absolute beginners get into the world of code. Unlike most, there’s no actual coding in this app, but rather a set of tutorials and lessons that explains what code does, how it works, and the various verbiage used in coding and what those words means. It’s intended as an intermediary step between knowing nothing at all about code and your first “Hello, World” app. It’s $3.00 with no in-app purchases and features a lesson a day for four weeks.
We first saw Minion’s Paradise back at E3 and we were told it was going to be released over the summer. There was some delay but now the game is out in the Google Play Store. This is a resource-builder game where you must create a paradise for the minions and, of course, the villains. It’s surprisingly in depth as you’ll have almost complete control over everything that happens in your paradise and the game comes with plenty of goofy antics from the movie. There are in-app purchases but if you can get passed them, this is a fun little game.
If we missed any big Android apps and games news, tell us about it in the comments!