Welcome to the 373rd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
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.
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 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.
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 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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