Welcome to the 279th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- We don’t cover gaming news quite as much as we used to, but we still do a weekly roundup with the latest news! Click here to check out this week’s gaming news!
- Google Play Books has a new beta program. You can try out the latest features along with some test features. A few examples include a new custom shelf feature with tons of customization, a stronger search function, and the ability to organize your books to see the ones you’ve started but not finished. Hit the link to learn how to join the beta.
- Huawei wants in the navigation apps space. It announced a new Map Kit this last week. It’s not for consumers, at least not yet. However, the company wants developers to use it for various purposes. Huawei’s large infrastructure may actually help it do quite well in comparison to competitors. It has partners with Kayak and Booking.com, among others.
- Samsung has a game streaming service with the Galaxy Note 10. It uses your Windows 10 PC and the GalaxyPlay Link app. You can play games on your PC or your phone as you want. We don’t know a ton about it yet, but it may work like Steam Link versus something like Stadia. Hit the link to learn more details.
- This year’s YouTube stats are in. The numbers are incredibly large as usual. YouTube boasts over two billion active users, 500 hours of fresh content per minute, $140 billion market value, and five billion videos watched daily. It is, of course, the largest video streaming service on Earth and these numbers help prove it. As usual, hit the link to see all of the stats.
Type II: FPS TD
Type II: FPS TD is a unique blend of first person shooter and tower defense. Players set up defenses and shoot down bad guys like a tower defense. However, most of the game takes place in the first person perspective like a shooter. The game features a handful of levels, boss fights, one-handed controls, cloud saving, and more. It’s surprisingly intense, even for a tower defense game. We didn’t see any issues when we played it, but it is new so there may be a bug or two that we missed. It runs for $5.99 with no in-app purchases or ads.
Checketry is a fun new download manager and file manager. It actually works with PC rather than downloads on your Android phone. It boasts support for things like Steam game downloads and other file downloads in a remote desktop fashion. It works with uTorrent and qBitTorrent, Steam, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. You simply link everything up, start a download, and you can check it with this app remotely. There are a few additional features as well. It’s completely free with advertising if you want to try it yourself.
Poio is a new kids game with an educational spin. It helps kids learn how to read. The developers boast a player base of over 100,000 kids and they also conducted a study that showed 85% of kids improved their reading skills with the app. Of course, that’s a PR spin, but it’s a good one. The game features a variety of little games that challenge the child’s ability to read. Basically, the game wants your kid to read their night stories to you. The game also has achievements, tracking for parents, and more. It’s quite expensive so be sure to try it in within the refund time.
Night Vision / ToF Viewer
Night Vision / ToF Viewer is a unique, but super niche app. It lets you access the time of flight sensor with the Camera2 API. Of course, you need a phone with a time of flight sensor and support for the Camera2 API. Unfortunately, I personally don’t have a phone with those criteria so I could not use the app myself. However, the YouTube video linked just below shows what it looks like. If you have a camera with that criteria, this is a neat app to play with.
Price: Free to play
Brave Conquest is a new free to play kingdom builder game from IGG. As a free to play kingdom builder, it’s not half bad. You raise armies, do combat, and all of that usual stuff. Those who play the game actually seem to enjoy it quite a bit, although that may be because these kinds of games ask for five star reviews. It did play fine during our testing. However, what drew us to want to talk about this is the game’s hilariously misleading social network advertising. If you see any of them, don’t believe a word of it. Still, if you’re into free to play kingdom builders, this one isn’t half bad.
If we missed any great Android apps or games news, updates, or releases, tell us about it in the comments!