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Welcome to the 481st version of Android Apps Weekly. Listed here are the large headlines from the final week:
- Fb settled a court docket case concerning the 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal this week. The reward is $725 million. People who have been on Fb through the scandal could also be entitled to compensation. You’ll be able to observe the hyperlink for directions on easy methods to declare any winnings you might be entitled to.
- Netflix plans to cost people for password sharing as of this summer time. We knew this was taking place months in the past, however Netflix dragged its heels on really doing so. The corporate introduced it might roll out the characteristic by June of this 12 months in a shareholder letter. Netflix says it’s anticipating a lack of subscribers at first however that long-term income ought to go up. It’s going to make lots of people mad, and we expect the anger is justified.
- Google is increasing the Google Play Factors characteristic. It’s now usable for DoorDash and Instacart reductions. You may also use it to acquire Google merchandise. The merchandise is simply okay. There are some sun shades, socks, and shirts, together with a water bottle up for grabs. It’s not a lot, however Google Play Factors are sort of a distinct segment characteristic proper now, so it’s good to see extra causes to make use of them.
- Samsung is speaking about changing Google with Bing as its default search engine on Galaxy telephones. It might’t as a result of agreements with Google prohibit such conduct, but it surely was sufficient to get individuals speaking. It was additionally sufficient so as to add to the assorted motivators Google has to get AI getting in its widespread Search. There are numerous plans in motion, together with producing photographs primarily based on Google picture searches. Hit each hyperlinks to study extra.
- Google’s messaging apps are at it once more. Google started encouraging people to uninstall the previous Google Meet so they might set up and begin utilizing the brand new Google Meet. Yeah, it’s complicated, as Google’s messaging ecosystem appears to at all times be. In brief, they need you to uninstall the Google Hangouts Meet app so you need to use the brand new Google Meet app that was previously Google Duo.
Dragon Cliff is a cell RPG. You kind a celebration of heroes, degree them up, and tackle numerous bosses and dungeons. The sport options an open map that you would be able to discover, easy fight mechanics, and loads of methods to customise your get together. It has an old-school feel and look, with a decently massive emphasis on conventional RPG components like min-maxing stats. There’s additionally an idle aspect the place you get rewards even for those who’re not on-line. The sport does really feel repetitive after a bit, and it’s not as social as some others. Some people might admire the older really feel, however others might not.
PlainApp is a free and open-source app that allows you to handle your telephone by means of your PC’s net browser. It has some good options, similar to AES 256-bit encryption for safety functions. When it comes to usability, it’s really fairly simple to arrange. Every little thing takes place in your telephone, so all you want is an online browser to entry the whole lot. There are some gimmicky options, like Chat GPT help, however the whole lot comes with Chat GPT help today. There are additionally built-in stuff like a note-taking characteristic, an RSS reader, and extra. It does plenty of stuff, however the core performance is there and it labored effectively in our testing.
The Story of Meals
Worth: Free to play
The Story of Meals is a cell gacha sport with restaurant sim components. You gather characters named after meals, which fulfills the gacha aspect. There’s additionally a restaurant to handle and a home to furnish as effectively, which satisfies the restaurant sim portion of it. This sport is in a subgenre generally known as husbando video games, which is a rarity exterior of East Asia. The overall thought is that it’s a comfy sport the place you gather male characters. The alternative, waifu video games (similar to Azur Lane), are fairly plentiful, so it’s good to see some illustration from the opposite aspect of the fence. In any case, it is a pretty chill sport with an honest characters and world tales. Followers of the style ought to get pleasure from it.
SoundCrowd Music Participant
SoundCrowd Music Participant is an alternate music participant for SoundCloud. It options extra fluid controls, a contemporary Materials Design, and extra. The builders say it’s made for listening to longer tracks, like DJ mixes, dwell units, and audiobooks. It’s made largely for SoundCloud but in addition consists of plugins for YouTube, Spotify, and Beatport as effectively. It’s a younger app, and a few customers have had some points with the UI and a number of the stuff. Nevertheless, it labored wonderful in our testing, so we expect the Google Play ranking will enhance over time.
Worms WMD: Mobilize
Worms WMD: Mobilize is the most recent cell sport within the Worms franchise. For the uninitiated, Worms is a bit like a aggressive model of Offended Birds. You and an opponent sq. off to see who can blow up one another’s worms faster. There are numerous weapons to make use of with completely different methods relying on the terrain. The sport consists of 10 coaching missions, 20 marketing campaign missions, and a neighborhood or on-line multiplayer mode the place you may face actual individuals. We like this one as a result of it’s a single $5.99 buy, so there isn’t any technique to pay to win this sport. Our solely criticism is the overall lack of polish. We hope the builders clear up the expertise a bit of bit, but it surely’s nonetheless positively playable.
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