Welcome to the first Android Apps Weekly of 2016! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- After about a month, Google has re-instated the little known app called Cybrary. This is actually an educational application that will teach you about Cyber Security. It was booted from the Play Store after Google mistook it for a hacking app, which it clearly isn’t. After tons of angry user emails, the app is back on the Play Store now.
- Last week, we put up our picks for the most controversial Android apps of 2015. A few of them included Android Pay, Telegram, and Yik Yak, among others. It was a pretty dry year comparatively speaking, but you can check it out for yourself and see which Android developers caused the biggest stir in 2015!
- At the end of 2015, it appeared as though T-Mobile and YouTube were having a little spat. The issue is that YouTube accused T-Mobile of throttling YouTube videos to 480p with T-Mobile claiming that the videos were being optimized as part of their Binge On program. Hilariously, T-Mobile flat out said that calling it “throttling” is misleading, but calling it “downgraded” is, apparently, perfectly okay.
- In an effort to remain relevant, Facebook has been testing multiple topic-based News Feeds for mobile devices. It’s a tabbed thing that lets you check out Travel, Style, Headlines, and other topics very quickly. It could be a fun idea if it ever rolls out to audiences and we don’t know if it ever will.
- Square Enix released a teaser trailer this week for Final Fantasy IX showing that they plan on bringing one of the most iconic and enjoyable Final Fantasy titles ever to mobile. Android users are still waiting on Final Fantasy VII as well so we don’t know how long the wait will be, but I’m excited. The trailer looks fantastic, by the way.
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TrainCrasher is a 2D beat-em-up game that features fluid game play, decent graphics, and an anime theme. You control a character as you run through levels taking down as many bad guys as you can. The game includes boss fights, leveling up so you can make your characters more powerful, and there is even a story line you can follow. The game saw some early release issues so the ratings are a bit low but the game is actually pretty fun.
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Don’t Screw Up is a simple puzzle game that insults your intelligence and, on occasion, also just plain insults you. The mechanics are pretty simple because it follows the classic Bop It style of game play where you tap, hold, swipe, or any combination of those things. When you get it right, the game insults you and when you get it wrong, the game insults you even more. This is not for those who can’t handle a little a little verbal abuse and is rated Mature 17+ on Google Play.
AutoMate is a car dashboard application that recently relieved itself of its beta tag and is now a full-fledged application in the Google Play Store. This app strives to show you information as you need it, including messages, calendar events, maps, frequent contacts, and more. It also comes with gesture controls. If you fork out for the premium version, you’ll get hands-free gesture controls, traffic camera alerts, and customized wallpapers, along with other features.
Last up this week is a new platformer called Blown Away. This unique platformer has you warping from platform to platform instead of jumping and you’ll have battery packs that much recharge before you can teleport again. It’s a simple premise and you’ll have 120 levels to enjoy it. The free version comes with the first 30 levels with the remaining 90 being unlocked if you pay for the game. It’s a fun little time waster that’s free to try out.
If we missed any great Android apps and games news, tell us about it in the comments below. Thanks for watching and reading, we’ll see you next week!