Welcome to the 432nd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the past week:
- Netflix is accelerating its ad-supported plan and blocking password sharing. It could unveil the changes sometime in late 2022. The report comes from a memo to employees about Netflix doing just that. Netflix appears to be reacting to the massive loss of subscribers and is trying to find ways to win people back. Of course, streaming fatigue is a thing and Netflix still can’t figure that out.
- One of the big announcements at Google I/O 2022 was the new My Ad Center. It’s a place where people can change, delete, or otherwise view the information Google has collected about them. It’s not very different from a website Google already has, but this one will be easier to find and use.
- Wear OS was another big topic at Google I/O. We’re getting an official Pixel Watch. Google also promised a greater emphasis on new apps, including some bigger names like SoundCloud and Deezer. We hope they mean business this time, because Wear OS really needs better app support.
- Google Wallet is being relaunched by Google. The new version hardly differs from the old one. You enter your payment cards, tap to pay, and can save things like membership cards. This new version also includes driver’s license support and digital car keys. These are new additions to the Android operating system and it was a matter of time before we saw support for them.
- Nothing Launcher expanded its reach to new devices this week. It is not available for all devices running Android 11 or later. We’ve seen some very mixed reactions to the Nothing Launcher, but it has the potential to get better. Click the link to learn more.
Ringtone Maker by Yogesh Dama
Ringtone Maker is what the name suggests. This allows you to flatten existing sound files on your phone and then use those sound files as ringtones. This category isn’t new, so you’ve probably seen things like this before. This one isn’t too different, except that it’s new and supposedly should get updates. You can’t say that about many of its competitors. The app lets you load the track, trim it, and then render it as usual. It can also assign the ringtone after creation, saving you the trip to your settings menu.
Price: Play for free
Dislyte is a mobile role-playing game with gacha elements. You summon various heroes and use them to fight against villains. Player growth is fairly standard with the usual upgrade structures often found in gachas. Combat is similarly fairly typical, but it looks good and that’s at least a little bit important. It differs from other gachas by having a rhythm-style mini-game in which you get additional resources. It has a superhero and mythical creatures theme, so you should be familiar with many of the heroes. It could use some tweaking and seems like it’s pretty decent.
QR Master is a QR code reader and generator. Since Android 13 has its own QR reader built in, QR readers are pretty much redundant on the Play Store. 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, WiFi password, and even download links to apps. The reading function is still pretty good, supporting things like flashlights and up to 4x zoom. It’s honestly not bad, but we wish there was a premium version so we can buy our way out of 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 as a child for 18 years, where you interact with a variety of characters in a variety of situations. You can also choose to be a boy or a girl. Each gender 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 interface and the game has some bugs compared to the Steam version. Hopefully the developer works out these bugs.
NothinK is a collection of widgets, wallpapers and live wallpapers. It uses the buzzword “bespoke” which you’ve probably seen in marketing before. Luckily, the widgets and wallpapers look and work well. You’ll need KWGT and KLWP for these to work, but other than that it’s pretty straightforward. There are widgets for calendar, calculator, music, battery, weather, volume, google search and some others. Marketing gimmicks aside, this is actually a nice little bundle of widgets and wallpapers for a fair price.
If we’ve missed any big news or releases about Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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