Welcome to the 307th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Security firm Threatfabric found a new style of malware this week. This new malware can steal two-factor authentication codes from Google Authenticator with a vulnerability in the Accessibility privileges. It’s a variant of the Cerberus banking trojan. There is no indication that it’s in use, but it’s good to know.
- Google applied for a license to continue working with Huawei this week. The government hands out such licenses and has already done so for Microsoft so Huawei can keep using Microsoft Windows on its laptops. It’s good to see Google keeping Huawei in the Android family, even if the company tells people not to sideload its apps on Huawei devices.
- T-Mobile is giving away free MLB.TV subscriptions again this year. The giveaway is part of T-Mobile Tuesdays and this year’s subscription is available on March 24, 2020. T-Mobile subscribers need the T-Mobile Tuesdays app and to sign in on the date to get the service.
- Many websites have top ten lists for Netflix content. Netflix plans to get in on the action. A new Top 10 feature launched on the service this week. It aims to help people find good content in a variety of genres. It was tested in the UK and Mexico for the last six months or so.
- Last week, we talked about WhatsApp chats and how easy they are to find on Google searches. This week, Facebook said it was aware of the issue. The company says it can’t control what other companies put in search results and there’s nothing they can do about it. At the very least, WhatsApp has a dark mode coming across all of its platforms so there is some good news.
LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed
Price: Free to play
LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is the latest LEGO game. However, this one is by Gameloft instead of LEGO. This one is a gacha style RPG with a variety of themes from various LEGO sets and properties. It is a free to play game with the usual free to play pitfalls, including an energy system and high upgrade costs. It’s fun for the first 20 or 30 levels or so and then things slow down to the usual free to play grind. However, you can bypass all of the pay-to-win elements with a little effort and patience.
Price: Free / $6.99+
Autosync is a neat app. It lets you sync with your cloud storage of choice on a regular basis. For example, if you want to keep a specific Google Drive folder on your phone and the cloud and also keep them synced at all times, this app does that. It works with a variety of cloud storage services, including OneDrive, Google Drive, MEGA, Box, Yandex Disk, pCloud, SharePoint ONline, and others. The developer has individual apps for each service already, but this is more of an all-in-one app. It’s in open beta so expect bugs. The app is free to try for 14 days and includes single $6.99 purchases (not subscriptions) for each cloud storage service you intend on using.
Love Live! All Stars
Price: Free to play
Love Live! All Stars is a free to play game about the idol anime. It’s a rhythm game with RPG elements. Players perform songs to advance the story and level up your characters. It’s a cutesy game and it should appease fans of the show. The game’s story and RPG elements are a bit shallow. This one is all about collecting various outfits and other customizations for your character. It’s fun and something a little different. Of course, do beware of those free to play mechanics.
AppNotifier is a replacement for an old Google Play feature that some people don’t have anymore. It shows a notification each time an app is newly installed or updated on the Play Store. It also works for side-loaded applications. Additionally, it uses app data from your phone and not Google Play so the name of the app in the notification may be different. For instance, Allrecipes Dinner Spinner may just be Dinner Spinner in the app. In any case, this super simple (albeit niche) app does just one thing and it does it admirably.
Dragon Quest of the Stars
Price: Free to play
Dragon Quest of the Stars is a new free to play game from Square Enix. It follows the Dragon Quest universe the same way the company’s Final Fantasy free to play games follow Final Fantasy. The game features a simple UI, colorful graphics, and a decent soundtrack. You basically unlock various characters and weapons to do battle against bad guys. Those who enjoyed games like Final Fantasy Record Keeper or Star Ocean Anamnesis may also like this title.
If we missed any big Android apps or games news or releases, tell us about it in the comments!