Welcome to the 374th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $2.99 per year
Phocus II is a photo editor with some neat tricks up its sleeve. It primarily edits things like backgrounds, blur (bokeh), and things like that. It uses AI to detect the foreground and background so you can edit each. Additionally, you can change the background on photos, add effects like a black and white filter, and the usual stuff like saturation, highlights, and tint. The free editor gives you a lot of features. You can also watch a few ads to unlock the free version or pay the subscription cost.
Biphase is a simple arcade game with platformer mechanics. Players jump from one platform to the next. Each jump changes the colors of the level and alters how you see things. The controls are also simple enough. You use the left slider to move and tap the right side to jump and trigger mechanisms. The game isn’t terribly long, but it has that same kind of indie charm that games like Monument Valley have. It’s also entirely free, so it’s great for gamers on a budget.
Stories Now is an RSS newsreader. It lets you follow various blogs and websites for the news like most RSS readers. However, this one presents the news similarly to how you see Instagram Stories. It supports RSS and ATOM. Some other features include a dashboard for your convenience, a dark theme, and categories for you to follow. It’s simple, useful, and other than some unoptimized ads, it’s a pretty decent little newsreader.
Price: Free to play
League of Legends: Wild Rift soft-launched last year but became available in North America and other places earlier this week. It’s a five-on-five mobile take on the popular MOBA experience. It features a decent cast of champions, various strategies to learn, and more than enough social elements. You can play with up to five of your friends in a full stack. Every champion is available for free with enough gameplay, so the in-app purchases are basically entirely optional. This should easily be a top-three pick for the best Android games of 2021.
Stack is a new app from Google’s Area 120. The app lets you quickly scan and organize various documents. This is mostly for business use. It can do things like scan a receipt and praise the total amount for your records. You can scan things like your bills, receipts, and other stuff. The app puts everything into PDF format for future use. It automatically backs up all your files to Google Drive, and it uses OCR technology to do all of its stuff. The app is entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads. There are some early bugs to work out, though.
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