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March 13, 2021
Top headlines this week:
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Welcome to the 371st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • CBS All Access received a full name change late last week. It now goes by Paramount Plus (or Paramount+). In addition to changing the name and branding, the service intends to offer a lot more content a lot like Hulu, Netflix, or Disney+. There are a lot of plans for this one. Hit the link to learn more and click here to grab a 30-day trial (available until March 31st only).
  • WhatsApp is apparently working on encrypted chat backups. The feature allows users to lock chats in the cloud behind passwords. You would need the password to restore the chats on a new device. It’s still very much in the works but you can see some screenshots at the link if you want to check it out.
  • Chrome OS received a bunch of new features on its 10th birthday. Included in the package is a phone hub that lets you do things like locate your phone and enable a WiFi hotspot. Most of the rest of the features are for Chrome OS, such as a screen capture tool, media controls in the settings menu, and other things. Still, we hope that phone hub feature ends up pretty good because Microsoft Your Phone is still a bit better.
  • Disney+ is officially at 100 million subscribers. The company had its annual shareholders meeting on March 9th and confirmed the subscriber count then. It took the service only 16 months to achieve the number. The achievement vastly succeeded Disney’s expectations. The company originally had the goal of 90 million subscribers after five years. Hit the link to learn more.
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift is opening up its beta to North America on March 29th, 2021. The game is a contender for game of the year once it fully releases and it’s one of the most hyped games in a long time. In fact, many of our readers wanted us to put it on our 2020 games list despite it only being available in beta in a few countries. Hit the link to learn more.
New apps and games this week:

Photo Snatch

Price: Free / Up to $4.99

Photo Snatch is an image and video downloader app. It lets you download videos and images from sites like Instagram, TikTok, and similar sites. Additionally, there is a gallery for viewing your gains as you need them. The app had a bit of a rough start but newer updates seem to be righting the ship slowly but surely. The UI could be a little better, but it functionally works so at least there’s that.


Queen: Rock Tour

Price: Free / $2.99

Queen: Rock Tour is a rhythm game with a bunch of Queen songs in it. The game features over 20 tracks by the band with the full version unlocked. The mechanics are about what you would expect. You can tap and swipe the notes to keep your streak going. It also has separate parts for the various instruments in any given song. It’s not a huge or deep game. However, at $2.99 for the premium version, we’re not sure it’s meant to be. It’s fun for what it is even if rhythm game fans finish it within a week or two.


Last Time

Price: Free

Last Time is an activity timeline manager. Basically, it helps you remember the last time you did a thing. This is potentially useful for things like mowing the yard, got your hair cut, or, in these modern times, the last time you took a COVID-19 test. There is a simple, but effective UI, various ways to categorize your activities, and even widgets if you need them. It’s entirely free as of the time of this writing and it worked well in our testing.

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Arcana Tactics

Price: Free to play

Arcana Tactics is a new mobile RPG with some gacha mechanics. Players collect various characters, put them into battle, and try to get further into the game. There is a decently large cast collectible as cards. You cast those cards and the heroes do battle. The game also has a story mode, a quest mode, online PvP, and a co-op option as well. The game has spent a good portion of its release in maintenance as the developers hammer out bugs, but otherwise it’s a decent game in its genre.

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Hypernotes

Price: Free

Hypernotes is the latest app from Zenkit. It’s mostly built for teams or groups of people so solo note takers probably won’t get as much out of it. The app lets you create notes, link notes together, and basically break down large bits of information into smaller, more manageable tasks. Each note also comes with activity tracking. Again, this is for power users mostly and teams of people rather than individuals, so keep that in mind if you decide to try it out.

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Thank you for reading! Try these app and game lists out!

If we missed any big Android app or game release, email me at joe.hindy@androidauthority.com. Check back next week for more!

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