Welcome to the 272nd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Android Auto’s new UI is rolling out. A Redditor noticed the change on their device this week and we assume it’s only a matter of time before everyone has it. The new UI is sleeker, easier to use, and requires fewer taps to do the things you want. Android Auto users should keep an eye out for the server-side switch.
- Telegram had an interesting update this week. The new update lets you share your contact details with people in your immediate area. Additionally, you can now share contact details without revealing your phone number. We’ve seen both of these features before in other apps, but it feels right at home with Telegram, especially with how many folks use it for business.
- WhatsApp is preparing an update now. The new update lets you share your WhatsApp Status to Facebook Stories and other platforms. It doesn’t connect your WhatsApp and Facebook account. The app appears to use the native sharing function on Android to simply share it that way. Hit the link to learn more!
- SwiftKey had a bit of a bad week. Gmail may push SwiftKey out for not complying with its new data policies. Gmail also sent an email to SwiftKey users to explain the change. SwiftKey has until July 15th to fix things up or it can’t use the Gmail account for suggestions anymore. It affects functionality because SwiftKey can pull suggestions from Gmail. However, it won’t prevent the app from working if it can’t pull recommendations from there anymore.
- YouTube is adding some control back to the recommendation system. A new categories menu, viewable during actual video playback, lets you see more videos about various topics. They generate from various bits of info, including the channel you’re watching, channels you subscribe to, and the topics of the video. Hit the link to see screenshots!
Enlight Pixaloop is a photography app with some neat little tricks. You can create various effects and animations with a few simple swipes. It only really works well in some instances, like waterfalls or when there's a good pattern. You do get a fair amount of control over the animation and you can even anchor parts of the image to ensure they don't move. It's a bit pricey for our tastes, but the free version was fun to play with.
Layton: Diabolical Box is the latest game from Level-5, developer of a few popular games on console and Nintendo's DS and 3DS platforms. This game is a port of the same game from the Nintendo DS from 2007. It's a puzzle-adventure game where players control Professor Layton. You solve puzzles and help Layton complete his adventure. The game sold more than one million units by September 2009 and it's actually pretty fun.
Human: Fall Flat is a new puzzle-platformer with a good sense of humor and fun game play. Players can interact with almost every element in the game to some extent and the elements react to players messing with them. The game also includes multiplayer support, various customizations, and even hardware controller support. There is even a Discord server if you have issues with the game. It runs for $4.99 with no additional in-app purchases or ads.
Philo is the latest live TV app to hit the Google Play Store. It has a lot to offer as well. That includes 58 channels in its base subscription for $20 per month. You can add more for additional costs as well. The app isn't available for all mobile devices yet and it has some bugs, but it generally seems to work okay for a new service. We recommend waiting a few weeks for the app to get a couple of post-launch updates and then give the free trial a shot to see if you like it if you're in the market for a new live TV app.
If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about it in the comments!