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March 27, 2021
Top headlines this week:
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Welcome to the 373rd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Disney+ prices went up this week. The prices are now $7.99 per month and $79.99 per year. It’s not a big price jump, but it’s more or less expected. The service is still a pretty good deal and there are a lot of good TV shows and movies on it. There isn’t much else to report here. Current members still pay $6.99 per month but any new customers pay $7.99 now.
  • Two big messaging apps had outages this week. The first was WhatsApp. There isn’t much to report. It was out for a few hours before returning to service and that was that. The second outage was to Instagram. Like WhatsApp, Instagram was only down for a little while before coming back up later in the day. It wasn’t the biggest deal, but we are talking about over a billion people on both services. They were noteworthy down times.
  • WWE content is now officially available on Peacock. This comes ahead of the April 4th shut down of the WWE Network. NBCUniversal allegedly paid over $1 billion for the rights and now it has the streaming rights. Hit the link to learn more, but it’s a fairly straightforward endeavor. WWE fans need Peacock to watch wrestling now.
  • Rocket League has a mobile game in the works. Developer Psyonix announced the mobile game earlier this week. Rocket League Sidewipe is a mobile variant of the popular soccer game. It’s built around fast multiplayer matches, simplified controls and mechanics, and side-scrolling game play. We know it’s a free to play title as well. The game should launch later in 2021, but select countries can try the beta now. Hit the link for more details.
  • Google released an Android System Webview update this week and it broke a lot of things. People reported various app crashes on a number of devices all around the world. It was such a big deal that some app developers even released updates to tell users of the crash. Google launched an update to fix the issue a few hours later. Hit the link to see the whole story from beginning to end.
New apps and games this week:

MoodBites

Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $19.99 per year

MoodBites is a food diary specifically for people with digestion issues and special diets. It lets you log your food, track any symptoms you have, and get a better understanding of what makes your body angry. The app includes a diary, a calendar, and even a trend section to see the effects of your food over time. It’s not perfect with some features still in the works. Plus, editing a day can be difficult. Otherwise, it’s a neat idea, especially if your gastrointestinal problems are new and you’re still figuring them out.

Moodbites screenshot
Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Jetpack Joyride 2

Price: Free to play

Jetpack Joyride 2 is the successor to one of the most popular runners on mobile. It’s a side-scrolling endless runner just like its predecessor. Most of the same mechanics remain intact in this version as well. The new game adds a shooting mechanic along with some guns to make the experience different. It also includes better visuals, more polished mechanics, a new story to play through, and other new game elements. Of course, all this new stuff takes away from the game simplicity so obviously not all fans of the first game will enjoy the second one.


News in Bullets

Price: Free

News in Bullets is a news aggregator with a neat premise. It presents the news in a series of bullets and cuts out a lot of the fluff. It features thousands of publications, hundreds of topics, and a clean UI. You basically open the app, pick the stuff you want to see, and then see it. You don’t get the information you would normally get from reading an entire article. However, you do get the highlights so at least you know what’s going on. The app is entirely free (with ads) as of the time of this writing and it’s been well received so far.

News in Bullets screenshot
Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run

Price: Free to play

King, developers of the Candy Crush franchise, released Crash Bandicoot: On the Run this week. It’s a runner as you would expect given the character. The game is a fairly standard runner in terms of pure mechanics. You move left and right as you run and jump to avoid obstacles and collect items. There is also a small base building mechanic where you can store the collectibles you unlock as you play. The game also includes Coco, Crash’s female counterpart, a co-op survival mode, and boss fights. It’s a perfectly serviceable runner that fans of the genre and the Crash series should enjoy. The only downside are some release bugs that King is still working on fixing. It’s nothing too major, though.


Win-X Launcher

Price: Free

Win-X Launcher is a newer Android launcher. It aims to bring the Windows style desktop experience to Android. Users start with a blank desktop and can add more. Desktops basically function like home screens and can house icons and widgets. There is a Windows 10 style start menu in the bottom left corner where you can find your app drawer along with more shortcuts. It’s actually a really fun concept. The app also works surprisingly well. Your phone basically feels like a Windows 10 device but still has the widget, icon, and home screen functionality of a standard Android launcher. This app is free with no in-app purchases or ads as of the time of this writing.


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