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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:
- Netflix has announced that they plan on clamping down on proxy and VPN access in the wake of becoming a worldwide presence. The idea is to keep people from viewing content that isn’t supposed to be available in their region. It sucks, but here’s hoping that region restrictions are a short term problem. The change should be going out in the coming weeks.
- After a very long wait, Google Play has finally introduced promo codes for developers. Now devs can send people codes to their apps to give it to them for free. The codes will work on up-front prices and in-app purchases, but not subscriptions. They are also limited to giving away only 500 per quarter or about 2000 per year.
- Lenovo reps stated in a recent article that Google Play Services are returning to China sometime in 2016. This is a huge deal because there are tons of Android users in China and the hope is that Google can unify that application ecosystem and stabilize their OS in that country. Stay tuned because if this is true, things are going to get interesting.
- Google also released a master list of 154 tips that should help people use Google services better than they could before. The list includes voice commands, Chromecast tips, and more information that spans 20 Google apps and services, and even Android itself. Even the pros should take a look at this just to see if there’s anything they didn’t know.
- Apple Music announced that they have hit 10 million paying subscribers in 6 months. That’s a ridiculous amount of people signing up for the service and it no doubt has other streaming services shaking in their boots. For some context, it took Spotify six years to hit the same milestone and we’re not entirely sure Google Play Music All Access has that many, period.
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I Have No Mouth is a port of the classic 1995 PC game of the same name. It is a point and click adventure game with some text-based RPG elements that has you playing as five characters who are being eternally tortured by a supercomputer that has enslaved the world. As you can imagine, the story line is dark and graphic. There is an option to use touch controls or on-screen controls, graphics settings, alternate endings, and a lot more. Best of all, there are no in-app purchases.
[Price: $0.99 with in-app purchases]
SKRWT is a photo manipulation tool that boasts a lot of functionality. The idea behind the app is to correct issues like lens distortion, change aspect ratios, and vignette correction. However, you can get creative and warp photos into unique, abstract images that you can then post just about anywhere. It’s mostly useful for serious photographers who need to get lens correction done and there are a ton of features available. It’s $0.99 which isn’t a bad price.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Pocket Mortys is the hyped up Pokemon parody based around Adult Swim’s hit show Rick and Morty. You control Rick and you must battle your Morty with other Ricks and their Mortys must like you battle Pokemon against other trainers. There is a story about how Mortys are being separated from Ricks and it features a ton of the game’s usual quirkiness and fun phrases. It’s a fun game so pick it up, beat up some Mortys, earn some Schmeckles, and get schwifty.
Facebook Mentions was released earlier this week and this is an app that none of you will probably use. It’s meant for the popular, rich, famous, and otherwise celebrity (or celebrity adjacent) crowd to help better manage their fan pages. They can post live videos, reply to fans, and post updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I would’ve tried it out, but it turns out I’m not even celebrity adjacent so, you know, oh well.
The Room 3 will likely be the most popular and highly rated paid game of 2016. It had large shoes to fill because The Room 1 and 2 were amazing games. So far, it appears as though The Room 3 has matched and surpassed the prior titles in almost every way. It keeps to its core mechanic with clever puzzles and amazing graphics but also adds in expanded environments, a new eyepiece to help find clues, and even alternate endings. It also comes with Google Play Games achievements and cloud saves. It’s $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
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