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Welcome to the 368th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the top headlines from the last week:
- Apple TV Plus is rolling out to Google Chromecasts with Google TV. Google made the announcement this last week. Additionally, support is rolling out to Android TVs with Google TV support as well. There isn’t much else to say about it. You should be able to watch Apple TV Plus stuff on Chromecast now.
- The Google Play Store now lets you share apps with other people. It uses Android’s Nearby Share feature. You simply send a copy of the APK to another device. There are some limitations, though. You can’t send some apps (such as the Stadia app) and you also can’t send premium apps for obvious reasons. Hit the link to learn how to do it.
- Google Pay and Samsung Pay are adding more support for cryptocurrency in the near future. The service BitPay announced upcoming support for both tap-to-pay apps and you can pay for goods with your Bitcoin with it. BitPay also supports Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum as well as a few others. Look for the roll out within the next month or so. Coinbase already lets you use cryptocurrency, but it’s nice to see more options.
- Google Maps received an update this week. It now lets you pay for parking and transit rides within the app. You don’t even need to touch the meter when you use it. Maps teamed up with Passport and ParkMobile to make it possible. You’ll even see a timer in Google Maps to see how much time you have remaining on your parking meter. It should officially rollout in the coming weeks. Hit the link for more details.
- LastPass put an awful restriction on its free tier this week. Now, users have to choose between only mobile or only desktop for its free tier where the old version let you use both. This made a lot of people angry and we’re working on a list of alternatives for people who want to jump ship. Hit the link for more details.
Pirates of Freeport
Pirates of Freeport is a roguelike game with RPG elements. Players create a team, explore various dungeons, and upgrade their characters as they progress. The game is difficult and encourages players to have a varied team of fighters with varied stats. It is predominately text driven so you won’t get any rich graphics or anything like that. Your goal is simply to build the best team possible and survive. There are a few bugs here and there, but otherwise this should turn out to be a fun game in the genre.
Word Clock Watch Face
Word Clock Watch Face is a Wear OS watch face. It creates a word clock on your home screen. The clock is simple overall. It has a bunch of words on it and it lights up the ones that correspond with the current time. It works in English, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. You can also customize the colors, see a battery indicator, and a minute dot feature to see more granular time. It’s a neat and cheap little watch face that worked fine in our testing.
Price: Free / $1.99
Sudoku Plus is a new Sudoku app. It joins a very crowded market with a ton of great Sudoku apps, but it should compete well. The game includes multiple difficulty levels, a relatively simple UI, daily challenges, and performance tracking with statistics. It uses a 9×9 grid with only one solution per puzzle so more or less a classic Sudoku experience. Finally, there is also a mode where you can play with shapes instead of numbers. The premium version is relatively inexpensive and it should be a good new entrant for puzzle fans.
TikTok for Android TV
The world’s fastest growing social media platform is now viewable on Android TV. It works basically just like the phone app, but adapted for 16:9 TV displays. TikTok for Android TV works just like the phone app. There is the For You Page and then your feed based on who you follow. It’s a relatively simple app so there isn’t a lot of customization or anything. The only thing you can’t really do is upload or create videos since you’re not on a platform conducive for it. It’s free with advertising if you’re interested.
Jemeyah is a free adventure game with some decent game play. Players run around on 2D levels until they reach the final boss. The game includes three levels, one boss fight, offline game support, and its content is safe for both kids and adults. It’s a free game so it’s difficult to levy a lot of criticism at its length, although we do wish it were longer. You’ll likely beat it in a rather short amount of time, but it’s a good play either way.