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Welcome to the 238th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the biggest headlines from the last week:

  • Google Play removed a bunch of mining apps this week. The apps would act like they did something normal. However, they would farm for cryptocurrency in the background. Their front would be something like streaming video. Thus, the excess CPU usage wasn’t overly noticeable by users. Obviously, Google removed the apps from Google Play post haste. Kaspersky Lab found the apps during a security check.
  • It turns out the Cambridge Analytica thing was worse than expected. Estimates now put the number of affected people to 87 million rather than the original 50 million estimate. Facebook is still on the defensive. Many changes they’ve made recent are for user security. Additionally, Facebook plans to make people more aware of what apps they use and what information those apps have.
  • Facebook is also using a new tool for fake news. The idea is to prevent the spread of bad information. However, given how politically biased social media can be, we have our reservations on how effective this will really be. The tool lets you view Wikipedia entries about the site posting the news. However, many trash sites have Wikipedia entries, so it may or may not work. We’ll see.
  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is launching on April 25th. We also have some more details on the game. It will feature actors and actresses from the original movies. It’ll be mostly teachers as the game centers around the school itself. Otherwise, we anticipate a popular game with a huge start that many people will scrutinize because it’s almost certainly a freemium game. Pre-registration is available now on Google Play. Follow the link for more!
  • Fruit Ninja Fight is coming soon to mobile. It’s a competitive online multiplayer game. Players try to cut more fruit than their opponents. The winner is the one who cuts the most fruit. Loot boxes are a prominent feature as well. It soft launched in Australia and New Zealand this week. A worldwide launch should be coming soon.

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The Cat in the Hat Builds That

Price: Free
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The Cat in the Hat Builds That is a new kids game with the popular Dr. Seuss character. It's based on the PBS series that also features The Cat in the Hat. This game includes three mini-games, all with educational value. Additionally, it has parent-child activities, support for Spanish, and a bunch of silly things like you'd expect from a Dr. Seuss character. The game is entirely free with no ads or in-app purchases. It's also published by PBS Kids. They're a relatively trustworthy developer.
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BudRey

Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $99.99 one time purchase
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BudRey is a new budget app with a lot of promise. It lets you create budgets, manage your money, and track your expenses. The app also features Material Design, a simple layout, and no logins or anything like that. It works fairly well as a minimal budget app. The only downside is the price. The ad-free, premium experience runs for $1.99 per month or a single $99.99 purchase for a lifetime license. That's entirely too expensive for this app. However, the free version seems to work pretty well for basic stuff.
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BudRey

Tower One: Sky Defense (beta)

Price: Free / Up to $7.99
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Tower One: Sky Defense is a new, simple tower defense game. You play as a single point on the map. The goal is to shoot down as many bad guys as possible. Players have decent control over their weaponry. The tower is also upgradeable for more powerful weapons. The game also includes boss fights, strategic combat, and simple mechanics. It's not as deep as something like Iron Marines or Bloons TD 5. However, it should work well for tower defense fans who also like casual games. The game is in beta. Thus, expect some bugs.
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Seven - 7 Minute Workout (beta)

Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $79.99 per year
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Seven is, well, a seven minute workout app. It has a variety of workouts. They all take about seven minutes to complete. The app has workouts for growing strength, losing weight, or just general fitness. It also features achievements, custom workouts, and a variety of personal trainer types for better motivation. The app has quite a bit of stuff for free. However, getting everything requires a subscription of either $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. That's a little much, but the premium version does include 200 more exercises and better custom workout support.
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GET HER BACK: A Journey To The Creature Island

Price: $0.99
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GET HER BACK: A Journey To The Creature Island is an action shooter and platformer. Your goal is to rescue your love interest. The game gives you all kinds of weapons and challenges to get through. It also features over 20 levels, over 30 achievements, and 60 individual objectives to complete. Overall, it's not a bad game for its extremely reasonable price tag. The game also has no additional ads or in-app purchases. Of course, we like that.
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If we missed any big Android apps or games news, updates, or releases, tell us about them in the comments below! Check back next week for more!

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