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5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week - Android Apps Weekly
Welcome to the 408th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- WhatsApp now lets you make your own stickers. The feature was spotted in a beta release of the app. Basically, you choose images from your gallery, crop them down, and it creates a sticker. The feature is only available on the beta release on PC for right now, but we assume the mobile versions should get it eventually. Hit the link to learn more.
- WhatsApp is also letting users react to messages. It’s mostly for helping decrease clutter and keep up with Apple’s iMessage and other platforms. There are only six emoji available according to sources but we imagine that it’ll expand over time. Check out the link to see what it’ll look like and how to use it.
- The latest Wallpaper Wednesday had some nice wallpapers in it. There were a few portrait images for phones and even a couple of landscape wallpapers for desktops. I actually took a screenshot of my character from Destiny 2 to include in this week’s version of it and it’s a pretty decent little 4K screenshot.
- We received more information about AetherSX2, the upcoming PlayStation 2 emulator. The PCSX2 development team posted a blog post about it. Apparently, the developers of the two projects are hashing out some licensing terms, but everything seems to be going smoothly. Everything should get worked out before the app’s official launch.
- One of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for apps is Hulu. It’s offering a $0.99 per month plan that lasts for an entire year. It’s for the $6.99 plan that includes streaming with advertising, but that’s still a great deal for folks who want to expand their streaming library. Hit the link for more details.
Air Jordan Outlet
Air Jordan Outlet is an app for buying Air Jordan shoes from Nike. The app works about as you would expect. You open the app, shop for shoes, and then buy the ones you want. It has sales and all that jazz so you can find different stuff at different prices. In terms of functionality, it’s a pretty basic shopping app. There isn’t a lot to it and it honestly feels like a web-wrapper rather than a native app. In fact, we were encouraged to download the app from within the app. It may be a decent source for shoes and there is a WhatsApp button in case you have questions for customer service.
Downhill Legend is a fairly interesting runner. You play as a boulder and you get the Sisyfox (based on Sisyphus) character to chase you down. The goal is to get Sisyfox back into shape by making it run as long as possible. The mechanics are fairly simple. You tap and hold on the screen to increase speed and let off to decrease speed. You can either tilt steer the boulder or use touch controls, it’s your choice. What makes the game interesting is its integration with Google Fit. The game lets you import your step data into the game and add it to the number of steps Sisyfox has taken, thus accelerating the game. It’s a free game with no in-app purchases and some relatively unobtrusive ads. We hope it expands over time.
Anime TV is a streaming app for anime fans. It works okay. The app is a little difficult to use and the side-swiping is entirely too sensitive. We also would’ve appreciated a search bar as well. However, the streaming part of it actually does work pretty well. It grabs videos from a number of different sources and most of the stuff available is stuff you can’t find on conventional streaming services. That said, conventional streaming services are way better than this for most purposes.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Blue Archive is the latest game from Nexon. It’s a gacha mobile RPG with some simulation elements. Players collect characters, bond with them, and use them in combat. Combat is pretty easy with minimal input needed from players most of the time. There is a story mode to follow along with a sim element to bond with your characters. It’s similar in premise to games like Azur Lane where there’s a bigger emphasis on collecting characters than there is on gameplay. The game definitely needs some optimizations as it suffers from longer load times than we’d like, but it’s otherwise a decent little gacha.
Red Robin, the restaurant chain, launched its official app recently. The app lets you create orders for takeout to skip both the website and going into the restaurant. It also integrates with Red Robin’s loyalty program so you can turn in points for rewards. Some other benefits include a free burger during your birthday month, a free meal after every ten orders, $20 off your 6th visit, and some more perks. You can also have orders delivered if you want to. There are some bugs with the app, especially when it comes to choosing your primary store, but those will likely get ironed out in future updates.
If we missed any big Android apps or games news or releases, tell us about them in the comments.
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