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May 8, 2021
Top headlines this week:
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Welcome to the 379th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • PUBG Mobile is making a comeback in India where it was banned last year. It’s called Battlegrounds Mobile India and it’s a bit different from other variants of the game. There are India-specific events and content. Hit the link to learn more.
  • The Google Play Store is getting some neat privacy features in the next little while. The new feature lets you see what data apps send, whether or not its encrypted, and some other stuff. App developers also don’t have long to declare their data uses so you can see it. Of course, there are more details at the link.
  • Google launched its first Wear OS app in a very long time. It’s really just a Wear OS version of Gboard. The popular keyboard app now has some functionality specifically for watches. The app apparently works pretty well and also includes voice texting since it’s a bit easier on a watch.
  • This last week was World Password Day. We asked all of our readers if they used password managers. You can view the poll results here. Google also took the opportunity to announce that 2FA will eventually be mandatory with all Google accounts. Many of us use it anyway, but eventually you won’t have a choice. Hit both links to learn more.
  • There is a Rocket League style game on its way. However, it’s possible the full game may end up on mobile too. Leaked internal documents seem to discuss the idea as early as June 2020. There isn’t much else, but there is an Epic Games beta apparently coming in Q2 2021, which is right about now.
New apps and games this week:

Raging Loop

Price: $29.99

Raging Loop is a visual novel style game from Kemco, developer of a large number of popular RPGs on mobile. The game has a psychological thriller story. Players are encouraged to break free from a death loop using the tools in the game. There aren’t a ton of actual game mechanics. You read the various dialog, make choices, and play through the game. It’s rather expensive at $29.99, but there are no in-app purchases or ads. It’s a bit over-priced, but otherwise it’s pretty decent.

Get it on Google Play


Microsoft Edge Canary

Price: Free

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Microsoft Edge Canary is just like any other canary build of a browser on mobile. It gives you a chance to check out the latest features, bug fixes, and improvements before they hit the stable release. Obviously, the canary version of Microsoft Edge has more bugs than the stable release. That said, the app still works more than well enough for most daily use. It’s quick, effective, and still syncs with the desktop version of Edge.

Get it on Google Play


Mystery Match Village

Price: Free to play

Mystery Match Village is a mystery-adventure game set in the 1930s. It also uses match-three game mechanics. Players progress through the game to solve the story’s mystery. There is also a hidden object mechanic to keep things interesting. The mechanics are pretty decent although some stuff can be a bit clunky on occasion. It’s not the best mystery game on Google Play, but it’s nice to see a new one released every now and then.

Get it on Google Play


Sketch 360

Price: Free

Sketch 360 is a unique drawing app. The app lets you draw stuff like any other drawing app. However, this one lets you draw 360-degree panoramic drawings. You draw them and move the camera around to see the full effect. It claims to work well on multi-screen devices although I was unable to test that particular feature. There are some bugs here and there, but when it works, it works really well. Plus, it’s entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads as of the time of this writing.

Get it on Google Play


Ludo Party

Price: Free to play

Ludo Party is a new board game. Players throw some dice and move across the board to try and win. It’s a variant of Parchisi, but with simplified mechanics designed for beginners. The game includes between two and four players with online PvP, and an offline practice mode, and some extras. One example is a master mode that is harder than the normal mode. It’s a nice time waster, especially for competitive folks. The only issue are the microtransactions, which seem to ruin the experience for some players.

Get it on Google Play


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