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February 27, 2021
Top headlines this week:
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Welcome to the 368th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Now let’s get right into those headlines:

  • Samsung released a new app that lets you custom throttle your CPU. It lets you do two things. You can throttle your CPU a little bit more to lower your thermals or raise your CPU speeds a bit to get a little extra juice out of older devices. The app, Thermal Guardian, is available in the Samsung Galaxy Store if you want to try it out.
  • Last week, LastPass restricted its free tier to only one platform. We asked our readers what they thought and most of them are now seeking alternatives. Our readership doesn’t cover everyone, but it’s a pretty strong indication of how much people don’t like the new changes. We hope LastPass reconsiders its position down the road.
  • WhatsApp released its new privacy terms and people didn’t like them. Unfortunately, WhatsApp told people that they would have to accept the new privacy policy if they want to use the app. Not doing so by May 15th will cause you to lose the ability to read and send messages through the app. Hit the links to learn more details about both things.
  • Blizzard held its annual BlizzCon event. The big news was obviously the Diablo II remaster and Diablo IV. However, mobile saw some love too. Hearthstone is getting a new expansion with over 100 new cards. Hit the link above to view all of the details.
  • Google launched the first developer preview for Android 12 this week. It had some new features and UI changes. However, it also had a bunch of stuff for app and game developers. It includes faster app load times when launching from a notification, the ability to couple haptic feedback with audio effects (like video game controllers), and more. Hit the link to learn more.
New apps and games this week:

Wrestling Empire

Price: Free to play  / $3.99 per year
Wrestling Empire is a new wrestling sim on a platform without a lot of good wrestling sims. Players create their star and play in career mode. The game boasts 350 opponents across ten different rosters so there are quite a lot of people to wrestle. There is also an optional upgrade for a yearly subscription price that adds a bunch of extra features. There are some bugs on some devices, but it’s a fairly decent release considering how new it is.


ABE Integrity

Price: Free
ABE Integrity is an interesting app from Activision-Blizzard. It’s mostly for use during the company’s many eSports activities. It gives players and other participants the ability to report any potential integrity risks at any given event. This includes things like betting, match manipulation, bribery, and other such things. It helps ensure a proper outcome. Most people won’t need to use this, but we thought it was a cool idea.

ABE Integrity screenshot
Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Abysswalker

Price: Free to play
Abysswalker is a new MMORPG. It features a post-apocalyptic setting, corrupt human experiments, and tons of things to do. It has the usual MMORPG stuff like classes, quests, abilities, gear, and all of that. This one separates itself with a 20-player survival drill mode, various events and challenges, and a higher degree of character customization. The graphics could be a little better and it definitely won’t vibe well with folks who dislike auto-play MMORPGs, but otherwise it’s a relatively decent game.


FLEXI

Price: Free / Up to $1.99
FLEXI is a live wallpaper. That is its basic function and there isn’t all that much to talk about. The wallpaper includes an grid style wallpaper that ebbs and flows as you tap and swipe around your home screen. The appearance is kind of neat and the flow animations are clean and enjoyable. There are some customizations available too. The only downside is the developer’s penchant for not updating their live wallpapers. We hope this one doesn’t get the same treatment.


Greedy Cats: Kitty Clicker

Price: Free to play
Greedy Cats: Kitty Clicker is a clicker style game. You tap quickly and your little cat eats a bunch of food. Players unlock other cats as they progress, compete in eating competitions, and customize their cats to their liking. It’s definitely not the deepest game, but who can resist the allure of collecting a ton of adorable cats? There are also extra mini-games with prizes and such to keep you busy between the main events. The game includes pop up ads as well as in-app purchases, so there is a bit of a caveat with this one.

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