Welcome to the 165th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- Google Chrome installations have reached the magical two billion number this last week. That includes desktop and mobile. It’s also the first Google service to boast that many. According to Google, about one billion of those installs are active users. Fun fact, Google now has seven services with over a billion installs. They are Chrome, Gmail, Google Play, Android, Maps, Search, and YouTube.
- Amazon has been ordered to reimburse customers $86 million due to unauthorized in-app purchases. This is the final verdict from a court case that started back in 2014. The court case revolved around kids being able to use them without parental consent. Both Google and Apple have had similar suits filed against them with $19 million and $32 million fines respectively. We bet Amazon is going to be more careful moving forward.
- The latest Humble Bundle is now live! The theme for this one is board games. You can pay $1 to get two games, $3 to get up to six games, and you can complete the bundle for a $5 or higher donation. There are a few really good board games up for grabs, including Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, and Catan. It’s also a fantastic deal since Ticket to Ride alone costs $6.99. Of course, it’s also a great way to give to charity.
- Xposed users were wondering if the framework would make it to Android Nougat. The developer released an update to let everyone know that it’s in the works. The bad news is there are some hurdles getting in the way. Based on the given information, overcoming those hurdles is going to be quite the task. Good luck Rovo89, we’re all rooting for you. Pun intended.
- Square Enix reportedly made over $1 billion in sales mostly thanks to mobile games. The mobile game portion of sales were over $700 million alone. This is mostly thanks to titles such as Mobius Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, and an assortment of console ports. With Final Fantasy XV coming out later this month, we’re sure that’ll add to the pot and help balance things out.
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Now that Google Daydream is officially out, we’re going to see a ton of apps for it. One of the most prominent ones this week was YouTube VR. It’s essentially just the standard YouTube platform that’s been redesigned for VR consumption. It puts a special emphasis on 360-degree videos, complete with spatial audio as well as other VR types of content. Anyone who has picked up a Daydream device should and probably will check this one out.
[Price: Free / $2.99]
Astral Frontier is the latest jRPG out of Kemco. It features a fairly familiar set of graphics and concepts. You’ll be exploring a world, following a story line, and beating up on bad guys to get to the end of the game. The combat is a pseudo-text based, first person structure like you saw in jRPGs back in the 90’s. It should run on most devices, including low end ones. It’s also fairly inexpensive at $2.99 and it also has no in-app purchases.
Android Auto has been out on Android for a little while. However, this week marked the first week where it was widely available to most Android users. You’ll be able to download this app onto your phone and use it in your car which negates the need to have Android Auto in your car natively. You’ll be able to do things like listen to music, navigate with Google Maps, send messages, and a lot more. Google is still working out the kinks, but it’s worth a shot.
[Price: Free / $2.99]
PinOut is the latest game out of Mediocre, makers of the popular game Smash Hit. This title is a hybrid of an adventure game and a pinball game. You’ll use flappers to launch the ball through the level to try to make it to the end. It features smooth, colorful graphics along with simple mechanics. You can pick up the game and play it for free with no advertising or in-app purchases. There is an optional $2.99 premium upgrade that will give you the ability to save your progress if you want it.
Microsoft released a photo app this week called Microsoft Selfie. This is a wicked simple little photo editor that’s also really easy to use. You simply open the app, take a photo, apply a filter, and share it where it needs to go. There is also a slider that lightly edits your photo automatically as well. It’s nothing overly special, but it is quick and it does seem to work okay. At the very least, it’s completely free with no in-app purchases.
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