Welcome to the 206th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the the headlines from the last week:
- Android Oreo will get non-root theming. A third party app called Substratum will include the feature. There are some caveats. You have to use a computer to make it work. It also breaks a bit of basic functionality. It’s nothing serious, though. It’s a bit unconventional. However, it’s one step closer to native theming on Android. Plus, Substratum is a fairly excellent app on its own.
- Telltale Games launched a huge summer sale this week. Included are four The Walking Dead games, both Minecraft: Story Mode titles, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others. The sale includes the base game as well as the season pass for those titles. That means you can get the whole game at a discount. It might be worth it for adventure game fans.
- Google is trying to help depressed people. They’re working with the National Alliance of Mental Illness to get people help. Google Searching the right keywords now enables you to take a PHQ-9 test. The results of the test can help determine how depressed one is. It’s not a diagnosis and people should seek a physician if they have bad symptoms. However, it could push people in the right direction and that’s a good thing.
- Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition this week. It’s essentially a remake of the original game. It has simpler graphics, touch controls, and more. It tells most of the same story as the console version. They appear as episodes similar to Telltale Games titles. There are ten episodes. The first one will be free to download on mobile. The other nine will likely be in-app purchases. Final Fantasy XV proper is coming to PC later this year as well.
- Android Instant Apps rolled out to 500 million Android devices. Instant Apps are lightweight versions of the full apps. You can use them without downloading the full app. They’re mostly for quick tasks. That way you don’t use up all your storage on apps that you would only use once or twice. In any case, it’s out now. You can check around your Google Play settings to see if you have it.
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