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5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week - Android Apps Weekly

The 413th Android Apps Weekly is out. This week we talk about the best Android apps and games from 2021 and other news.
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January 1, 2022
best new android apps - SafeUP screenshot

Welcome to the 413th edition of Android Apps Weekly and the first of 2022. Here are the big headlines from the last week of 2021:

  • We posted our picks for the best Android apps from 2021. Our list intersected with Google’s a little bit, but we also paid homage to some more niche power user apps like LADB and coreSpec. We also really liked the Water Resistance Tester app because of how much drama it caused when it first came out. Hit the link to see our list and honorable mentions.
  • We also listed our picks for the best Android games of 2021. Again, the list intersected with Google a little bit, but we also listed some other fun games like PUBG New State, Titan Quest: Legendary Edition, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and others. Again, hit the link to check out our picks and tell us what you think.
  • Our final Wallpaper Wednesday for 2021 came out this week. The wallpapers this week have a good variety and include photos of landscapes, a bird, and an abstract looking wallpaper. We look forward to seeing your submissions in 2022, so hit the link, check it out, and submit some original wallpapers for us to check out.
  • In some actual news, LastPass users received some scary emails this week. The emails told users that they had multiple failed login attempts. However, LastPass didn’t detect any breaches. The company is continuing to monitor the situation, but for now, it looks like a false alarm right now. If anything else happens, we’ll let you know.
  • One of our newer how-to articles is about Samsung Game Launcher. I’ve been looking forward to this one as a Samsung owner and it doesn’t disappoint. You can check out the article if you have a Samsung device to see how you can make Game Launcher work better for you.

Linia Super

Price: Free

Linia Super is the spiritual sequel to the reasonably successful Linia game. It’s a puzzle game where you figure out color sequences and draw lines to connect the proper shapes on the screen. The game features non-linear gameplay, over 100 levels, and the developers promise that more levels are coming. It’s not perfect, but considering this game is free, it doesn’t have to be. It’s a fun time killer, especially for gamers on a budget.

NASCAR Tracks

Price: Free

NASCAR Tracks screenshot

NASCAR Tracks is a companion app for folks headed to a live NASCAR race. It includes a bunch of information such as the schedule for race weekend, your digital tickets to the event, maps of the venue, and more. You can chat with reps if you have questions and all sorts of other stuff. We’ve seen more and more attractions use apps like this and it does make things better when the app is properly designed.

Little Big Robots

Price: Free

Little Big Robots is a free online battle game with robots. It’s a bit low-tech. You have some limited customization for each robot and then you drop into a match and try to take everyone out. The mobility is pretty decent and the combat is alright. The fun is in the arcade feel of it. Matches are reasonably quick and things get occasionally chaotic. Other game features include team play, multiple game modes, and more. This isn’t a deep game so it doesn’t take long to see everything there is to see. It’s another free game with no in-app purchase so you can’t buy your way to a win.

SafeUP

Price: Free

SafeUP screenshot

SafeUP is a very unique idea. It’s a safety app specifically for women. The idea is that you download the app and if you start feeling uncomfortable in a situation, the app connects you to another woman so you can get help. It doesn’t replace emergency services, so make sure you call the police if anything illegal is happening. However, as an example, you’d use this app if you were at a party and something didn’t feel right or if you were walking alone and felt like you were being followed.

The app is for women only so I couldn’t personally test it. Based on user reviews, it seems the app needs another coat of paint and some extra polish before it’s ready for primetime. However, this is a great idea and we hope the developers get the kinks worked out.

Mirage: Perfect Skyline

Price: Free to play

Mirage: Perfect Skyline is a new MMORPG. It boasts a lot of the usual MMORPG stuff like eight classes to choose from, multiplayer (both co-op and PvP), above-average graphics, and more. You can play the game manually or use the Botting mode, which basically automates everything. The automation rubs a lot of MMO players the wrong way so we get it if you don’t want to try it for that reason. Other than the automation stuff, the game seems like it has a lot of potential but we’ll have to wait and see how the developers handle the complaints to be sure.


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