5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly!
Welcome to the 206th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the the headlines from the last week:
- Android Oreo will get non-root theming. A third party app called Substratum will include the feature. There are some caveats. You have to use a computer to make it work. It also breaks a bit of basic functionality. It’s nothing serious, though. It’s a bit unconventional. However, it’s one step closer to native theming on Android. Plus, Substratum is a fairly excellent app on its own.
- Telltale Games launched a huge summer sale this week. Included are four The Walking Dead games, both Minecraft: Story Mode titles, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others. The sale includes the base game as well as the season pass for those titles. That means you can get the whole game at a discount. It might be worth it for adventure game fans.
- Google is trying to help depressed people. They’re working with the National Alliance of Mental Illness to get people help. Google Searching the right keywords now enables you to take a PHQ-9 test. The results of the test can help determine how depressed one is. It’s not a diagnosis and people should seek a physician if they have bad symptoms. However, it could push people in the right direction and that’s a good thing.
- Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition this week. It’s essentially a remake of the original game. It has simpler graphics, touch controls, and more. It tells most of the same story as the console version. They appear as episodes similar to Telltale Games titles. There are ten episodes. The first one will be free to download on mobile. The other nine will likely be in-app purchases. Final Fantasy XV proper is coming to PC later this year as well.
- Android Instant Apps rolled out to 500 million Android devices. Instant Apps are lightweight versions of the full apps. You can use them without downloading the full app. They’re mostly for quick tasks. That way you don’t use up all your storage on apps that you would only use once or twice. In any case, it’s out now. You can check around your Google Play settings to see if you have it.
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Android Apps Weekly newsletter! Subscribe to the Apps Weekly newsletter. Bola is a new budget manager app. It's also rather simple. You track your paychecks, expenses, and budget. The goal is to keep yourself appraised of your own spending habits. It also supports multiple currencies, multiple budgets, and cloud syncing. There aren't a ton of bells and whistles. It does do the basics very right, though. Those who need hardcore expense reports will need to look elsewhere. You can get into the door for free. The full version costs $3.49.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Cavefall is a new infinite runner. You won't run in a straight line, though. The player falls infinitely through a cave instead. You tap the screen to jump from side to side. The goal is to get items, avoid obstacles, and kill bad guys for as long as possible. It also includes hidden levels, power-ups, daily challenges, achievements, and leaderboards. It is a freemium game but it won't ask you to make $99.99 purchases either. It's not bad for what it is.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY Style Music is an interesting new music app. It does the basic music app stuff. That includes showing you music. It comes with a traditional media player view as well as a folder view. Some other features include Chromecast support, 24-bit FLAC support, and more. The most interesting feature is the ability to stream one of the 50,000 radio stations. This is definitely one of the better apps that can do both radio stations and your library. It's a bit rough around the edges, though.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Combat Squad is a new FPS game. It's about as standard as an FPS title gets on mobile. It comes with a variety of multiplayer modes, including one vs one, five vs five, and seven total game types to play. The graphics use Unreal Engine 4. The game also boasts advanced tactical AI, but we're sure that's probably mostly marketing talk. FPS fans should be able to enjoy this one for at least a little while if not longer.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY WallR is a new HD wallpaper app. It boasts a massive collection of over 100,000 wallpapers. It can also auto-set wallpapers periodically, download wallpapers, and more. You can also have any wallpaper crystallized into a low-poly image for even more options. The free version does little more than let you wander around the app. You have to dish out for the full version in order to play with most of the app's features. DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
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