Welcome to the 432nd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:
- Netflix is accelerating its ad-supported plan and blocking password sharing. It could unveil the changes at the end of 2022. The report stems from a memo to employees on Netflix doing 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 that one out.
- One of the big announcements from Google I/O 2022 was the new My Ad Center. It’s a place where people can edit, delete, or view the information that Google collects about them. It’s not much different from a website that Google already has, but it will be easier to find and use.
- Wear OS was another big topic at Google I/O. We get an official Pixel Watch. Google has also promised to put more emphasis on new apps, including some big names like SoundCloud and Deezer. We hope they’re serious this time because Wear OS really needs better app support.
- Google Wallet is relaunched by Google. The new version is not very different from the old one. You enter your payment cards, tap to pay, and you can store things like membership cards. This new version also includes support for driving licenses as well as digital car keys. These are new additions to the Android operating system and it was only a matter of time before we supported it.
- Nothing Launcher expanded its reach to new devices this week. It is not available on all devices running Android 11 or later. We’ve seen very mixed reactions to the Nothing Launcher, but it has the potential to be better. Click on the link to find out more.
Ringtone Maker by Yogesh Dama
Ringtone Maker is what the name suggests. It allows you to reduce existing audio files on your phone and then use those audio files as ringtones. This category isn’t new, so you’ve probably seen things like this before. This one isn’t all that different, except it’s new and, apparently, should get some updates. That’s not something you can say about many of its competitors. The app lets you load the track, cut it, and then render it as you normally would. It can also assign the ringtone after creation, saving you a trip to your settings menu.
Price: free to play
Dislyte is a mobile RPG with gacha elements. You summon various heroes and use them to fight the bad guys. Player growth is fairly typical with the usual upgrade structures commonly seen in gachas. The combat is also pretty typical, but it looks cool and that at least matters a little. It differs from other gachas with a rhythm-style mini-game where you get extra resources. It has a superhero and mythical creature theme, so you should be familiar with many heroes. It could use some optimization and it looks pretty decent.
QR Master is a QR code reader and generator. Since Android 13 has its own built-in QR reader, Play Store QR readers are pretty superfluous. Luckily, this one also generates QR codes and that’s what makes it useful. You can create a QR code in 24 different ways and include things like your contact details, Wi-Fi password, and even download links to apps. The playback feature is still quite good and supports things like flashlights and up to four times zoom. It’s honestly not bad, but we wish there was a premium version so we could get away with the ads.
Price: Free / $4.99
Chinese Parents is a life simulator where you grow up in a Chinese family. The game lets you live for 18 years as a child where you will interact with a variety of characters in a variety of situations. You also have the choice between being a boy or a girl. Each genre has its own story path. The game features 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. Hope the developer fixes these bugs.
NothinK is a collection of widgets, wallpapers and live wallpapers. It uses the buzzword “tailor-made” that you’ve probably seen in marketing. Fortunately, the widgets and wallpapers look and work well. You need KWGT and KLWP for this to work, but otherwise it’s pretty easy. There are widgets for a calendar, calculator, music, battery, weather, volume, Google search and several others. Marketing gimmicks aside, this is actually a nice little pack of reasonably priced widgets and wallpapers.
If we missed any important news or releases of Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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