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Welcome to the 209th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Google Chrome is changing how auto-play videos work. Starting January 2018, the app will no longer allow auto-play videos to play unless they’re muted. Additionally, it lets you mute entire websites. That should persist even if you close the app. They seem like minor changes. However, with auto-play ads being more popular than ever, this will be a welcome change.
  • YouTube TV announced eight new markets this week. They include Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Greenville, Norfolk, Portland, Raleigh, and Sacramento. The new markets brings the total up to 49 total cities with YouTube TV support. Cleveland, Ohio and Grand Rapids, Michigan should be good to go in a couple of weeks.
  • Google handed out their Material Design Award winners this week. Some of the winners include Blinklist, Eventbrite Organizer, NPR One, and Momondo. The annual award is for the apps with the best Material Design interface. Functionality usually doesn’t matter as much for these awards. However, all of these are actually pretty decent.
  • Square Enix announced a new mobile game this week. It’s King’s Knight, the game the characters play in Final Fantasy XV. The game is a top-down shooter with a fantasy theme. It’s going to be a freemium game. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. We don’t know about the release date just yet.
  • Google is allegedly investing over $1 billion in Lyft. That’s interesting because they did the same for Uber back in 2013. The move would allow Lyft a variety of new business opportunities, including expansion into other countries outside of the U.S. It would certainly help keep Uber from running a worldwide monopoly on transportation. The deal isn’t official yet, but it could happen any time.

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Gemini

Price: $1.99
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Gemini is a new atmospheric adventure game. You play as a star. You find a second star and together you do a bunch of stuff. It features simple controls, fun visuals, and a decent soundtrack. It plays mostly like a runner. However, it doesn't really feel like one. It's not too difficult. Most people should be able to pick this one up and play it. It runs for a very reasonable $1.99 with no in-app purchases or advertising.
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Hurricane Impact

Price: $3.99
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Hurricane Impact is the official app of HurricantTrack.com. It offers up news, updates, and other data about potentially upcoming hurricanes. The news comes in the form of blog and Twitter posts. They also offer live cams of hurricanes in progress when available. There is video content and hurricane statistics to round out a decent set of features. The interface is fairly antiquated. Those who prefer good design may not like it. Otherwise, it's a decent little app. It runs for $3.99 with no in-app purchases.
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Hurricane Impact

Don't Starve: Shipwrecked

Price: $3.99
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Don't Starve: Shipwrecked is the latest game in the popular survival franchise. This one takes place near a beach after a shipwreck. Your goal is to literally survive. That includes finding food, building shelter, and defending yourself against various bad things. You can also craft a boat and explore the sea around you. It's every bit as fun as the first one. It is in beta, though. That means there are bugs. It currently runs for $3.99 with no in-app purchases.
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AMOLED mnml X

Price: Free
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AMOLED mnml X is a wallpaper app. The app has wallpapers that work best on AMOLED and OLED displays. They are mostly black with a splash of color or some other fun little designs. The collection isn't overly impressive yet. However, there is enough there to find something decent for the time being. The wallpapers are high quality. They should work on any modern phone screen. The app is currently free and supported by advertisements.
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AMOLED mnml X

Iron Marines

Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases
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Iron Marines is the latest game from Ironhide Game Studio. They also did the popular Kingdom Rush franchise of tower defense games. This one is also a tower defense game. It features a 14-mission campaign, various heroes to unlock, upgrades, and a bunch of bad guys and towers to play with. There are also additional levels called Special Operations. They add a bit of a puzzle aspect to the game. It runs for $4.99 with in-app purchases. That might be the only part about the game we're not thrilled about.
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If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about it in the comments. Check back next week for new releases or hit me up on Twitter to tell me about new apps or games you might have found!

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