Welcome to the 432nd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines of last week:
- Netflix speeds up its ad-supported design and blocks password sharing. It may reveal the changes sometime in late 2022. The report came from a note to employees that Netflix did just that. Netflix seems to be reacting to the massive loss of subscribers and trying to find ways to bring people back. Of course, streaming fatigue is one thing, and Netflix still can’t figure it out.
- One of the big announcements in Google I / O 2022 was the new My Ad Center. It is a place where people can change, delete or otherwise view the information that Google has collected about them. It’s not terribly different from a website that Google already has, but it will be easier to find and use.
- Wear OS was another big issue in Google I / O. We get a formal Pixel watch. Google has also promised to focus more on new applications, including some big names like SoundCloud and Deezer. We hope they are serious this time around, because Wear OS really needs better application support.
- Google Wallet is being re-released by Google. The new version is not much different from the old one. Enter your payment cards, click to pay and you can save things like membership cards. This new version also includes support for driving licenses along with digital car keys. These are new additions to the Android operating system and it was only a matter of time before we saw support for it.
- Nothing Launcher expanded its reach to new devices this week. Not available on all Android 11 or later devices. We’ve seen some severely mixed reactions to Nothing Launcher, but it has the potential to be better. Click the link to learn more.
Ringtone Maker by Yogesh Dama
Price: $ 1.49
Ringtone Maker is what the name says it is. Allows you to trim existing audio files on your phone and then use these audio files as ringtones. This category is not new, so you’ve probably seen such things before. This is not so different, except that it is new and, apparently, should receive updates. This is not something you can say about many of its competitors. The application allows you to upload to the track, cut it and then render it as you normally would. It can also map the ringtone after creation, saving you a trip in your settings menu.
Price: Free to play
Dislyte is a mobile RPG with gacha elements. You summon various heroes and use them to fight evil. The development of the players is quite typical with the usual upgrade structures commonly seen in gacha. The battle is just as typical, but it looks nice and that counts at least a little. It is separated from other gacha by a rhythm-style mini-game where you receive additional resources. It has a superhero theme and a mythical creature, so you should be familiar with many of the heroes. It could use some optimization and it seems to be quite decent.
QR Master is a program for reading and creating QR codes. Since Android 13 has its own built-in QR reader, QR readers in the Play Store are quite redundant. Fortunately, this also generates QR codes and that is what makes it useful. You can create a QR code in 24 different ways and include items like your contact information, Wi-Fi password, and even app download links. The reading function is still quite good and supports things like lenses and up to four times zoom. Honestly not bad, but we wish there was a premium version so we could make our way through the ads.
Price: Free / $ 4.99
Chinese Parents is a life simulator where you grow up in a Chinese family. The game allows you to live 18 years as a child where you will interact with different characters in different situations. You can also choose between being a boy and a girl. Each gender has its own story path. The game has over 100 endings, mini-games to keep things interesting and more. Some people are not fans of the UI and the game has some bugs compared to the Steam version. Let’s hope the developer fixes these bugs.
NothinK is a collection of graphic elements, wallpapers and live wallpapers. Uses the “custom” buzzword you’ve probably seen in marketing. Fortunately, the graphics and wallpapers look and work well. You need KWGT and KLWP to work, but otherwise, it’s quite easy. There are widgets for calendar, calculator, music, battery, weather, volume, Google Search and more. Aside from the marketing tricks, this is actually a nice little pack of graphic elements and wallpapers for a fair price.
If we missed news or releases of great Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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