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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 172nd edition Android Apps Weekly! Also, Happy New Year! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Square Enix has put a ton of its games on sale. This is great news because their games are usually expensive. On the block are seven Dragon Quest games, most of their Final Fantasy titles, Chrono Trigger, Adventures of Mana, Secret of Mana, Chaos Rings III, and Romancing SaGa 2. Most of these are great games and faithful ports from the original.
  • Snapchat purchased an Israeli startup called Cimagine. The price was between $30 million and $40 million. The popular opinion is that Snapchat plans on delving further into the augmented reality space and this company is going to help them do it. For those who don’t know, Cimagine is a company that lets companies show how their products look in the real world with virtual devices.
  • We released our official lists for the best Android apps, best Android games, and most controversial apps and games. Our pick for the best Android app was Chrooma Keyboard. The best game was Crashlands. Finally, the most controversial app or game was Pokemon Go. The lists are live on Android Authority and on YouTube if you want to see the all of the selections yourself.
  • Nintendo has officially put up Super Mario Run on Android for pre-registration. That means the game’s release is fairly imminent. It had a good run in its first week on iOS, although things are cooling off now. You’ll also get a notification when the game is out to the public. We’re all but certain that it will be out before the end of January 2017.
  • While we’re on the topic, it turns out that Super Mario Run is having problems getting people to pay. A report this week showed that only about 1-2% of those who downloaded the game actually bought it. It has also been free-falling through the charts as the game’s hot release starts to cool down. At this point, let’s just wait and see what happens when it comes to Android.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location

[Price: $2.99]
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location is the latest game in the popular horror franchise. It brings back a number of mechanics from previous games that helped make those games popular. Yes, that includes the classic jump scares. There were also some additional stuff added in to make the game a little more well rounded. A ton of people have already been diving in to find the hidden meanings of the story behind the game. It’s pretty good, relatively inexpensive, and there are no in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyPigment

[Price: Free with optional subscription]
Pigment is a coloring book app that’s aimed at adults. Thankfully, it’s also good for kids. The base app includes 300 free pages for you to color and you can buy more if you subscribe. It features tap-to-fill mechanics and you have access to eight different coloring tools. You’ll be able to use your finger or a stylus if you have one. It has had some crashing issues, but we didn’t experience them so your mileage may vary. It’s worth a shot if you like these types of things.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyRollerCoaster Tycoon Classic

[Price: $5.99]
Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic is a port of the original rollercoaster sim from PC. This version comes with both Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 and 2 so you’re essentially getting two games for the price of one. Altogether, there are 95 scenarios to play through, controls that have been redone for touch screens, and tons of nostalgic value. It’s suffering through some early release bugs, but overall it’s been a positive release. There are also no in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyFastKey Launcher

[Price: Free]
FastKey Launcher is a new launcher that claims wicked fast app search. It accomplishes this feat by having a keyboard baked right into the home screen so you can immediately start searching. You can also make calls and perform other tasks directly from the home screen. Otherwise, it’s a simple and light launcher that works pretty well. Some have reported bugs so do beware of those. At the very least, the app is entirely free.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyThe Walking Dead: Season Three

[Price: $4.99 in-app purchases]
The Walking Dead: Season Three is the latest game in Telltale’s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead franchise. It continues the story line as per the comic books. There are even throwbacks to characters and events that happened in the first two seasons. It follows a lot of the same mechanics as the previous games and it also has similar graphics. It’s $4.99 and you can buy additional seasons as in-app purchases. Or you can buy the season pass and get every episode. There are some early issues that’ll be fixed eventually. It’s good.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 169th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Niantic and Starbucks have announced a collaboration. Over the course of the coming weeks, 7800 Starbucks locations will be turned into either a Gym or a PokeStop. This comes just a couple of weeks after a similar Sprint deal that saw 10000 stores join the ranks of PokeStops or Gyms. Additionally, Starbucks will be selling a Pokemon Go Frappuccino. This is just in time for the massive December update that promises more Pokemon along with more features.
  • Pandora has finally announced a relative release date for their Pandora Premium service. For those who don’t know, the service is going be much like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and others. It’ll have on-demand access to a larger music library, playlists, and more. It’ll still have some features of the original app. Pandora is launching the service sometime in early 2017. We don’t know how much it’ll cost, but we’re guessing it’ll be the standard $9.99 like most services.
  • Google Play is reportedly testing a new and separate apps and games section in the Google Play Store. Currently, both are in the same spot in the Play Store. Earlier this year, Google started removing the games from the app section of the top charts. This seems to be a natural continuation of that effort. We don’t know if it’s rolling out to everyone or if it’s just an A/B test, but it would be really nice if it did.
  • A while back, Sony teased that they could be getting into the mobile gaming fray. This week, they officially announced that they are working on ten mobile games. ForwardWorks will be developing and releasing all ten games. That is a company that Sony set up specifically to make mobile games based on PlayStation IP. The release date is set for 2017 for all ten games. In a surprise twist, Square Enix will also be collaborating on a game with Sony next year as well.
  • Google has officially opened up Google Home for app development. The platform should allow developers to integrate new voice commands into their apps to make it compatible with Home. A few developers are already working on it, including Yahoo, Dominos, CNBC, and others. Google will also be adding in additional features over time. Some examples are the ability to purchase things or book things like airplane flights.i

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Apollo Justice Ace Attorney

[Price: $15.99]
The cult classic courtroom sim from Capcom has hit Android! Apollo Justice Ace Attorney was released this last week to critical acclaim. The game is the fourth in the series which is a bit odd but that isn’t a bit issue. It has been faithfully ported with all of the game play of the original. The controls have, of course, been adapted to mobile for easier play. It costs exactly one arm and one leg at $15.99, but there are no in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyPayPal Business

[Price: Free]
PayPal Business was quietly released by PayPal last week. As the name implies, the app was made for business owners. It has a variety of business-oriented features, including the ability to manage invoices, send invoices, transfer money, access customer information, and you can even manage sales and account activity. It has a simple design that is quite easy to use. It’s also complete free. You could do a lot worse than this if you run a business out of PayPal.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyDawn of Titans

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Dawn of Titans is a new strategy game. Okay, it’s not exactly new. It was soft launch months ago. The game was officially launched this week. This game shares a lot of mechanics with other large scale war games and strategy games. The difference is that this one looks pretty good. You build and command a giant army that you’ll have fighting against massive titans. It has the usual array of stuff, including daily quests, events, and campaigns that you can engage with. It’s a freemium game, but it’s worth a shot if you don’t hate those.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyTrusted Contacts

[Price: Free]
Trusted Contacts is a new app from Google that tells other people your location. Thankfully, it’s only when you want it to. The app works by allowing you to define a number of trusted contacts. Those contacts can request your location at will. If you don’t respond in a reasonable time frame, the app will let them know where you are. It’s great for emergency situations, natural disasters, and especially for families. It’s also completely free.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyBully

[Price: $6.99]
Bully was originally released by Rockstar Games back in 2006. Like its Grand Theft Auto titles, it received its fair share of controversy but had a loyal cult following anyway. Now, the game is on Android. For those who never played, it’s an open world adventure game where you play as a kid. Your goal is to complete various missions, go to class, and engage in various other activities. It’s relatively inexpensive at $6.99 and it has no in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 168th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Hatch is a new start up that spun off from Rovio. Yes, the developers of Angry Birds. Hatch is working on a project that will allow you to stream Android games to your device and play them for free. There won’t be in-app purchases or updates to deal with. It’ll be just you and the game.  There are also some ambitious ideas like pulling the Internet for help inside of the game, even in single player games. An invite beta is should be out in early 2017.
  • Facebook shut down its Live Video API access for Prisma this week. Previously, Prisma was using the API to allow people to create filters while streaming live on Facebook. Now, that is no longer possible. Facebook sent Prisma an email stating that access was revoked because Facebook already supported the feature. In reality, it seems like Facebook was just shutting down some competition before their own filters option rolls out to everyone. Good job, Facebook.
  • It has been reported that one million Google accounts have been breached by a new brand of malware called Gooligan. It affects people who download third party apps not from Google Play. From there, it downloads root kits and tries to get control of your device. It’s unfortunately, but those who keep their downloading strictly to the Google Play Store don’t need to worry because the exploit is not present there.
  • A study released this week showed that consumers spent more than $1 billion during Black Friday 2016 by using their smartphones and tablets. This is the first time that number has ever eclipsed $1 billion and shows that more people than ever before are shopping online. We’ve no doubt that apps contributed to the overall total. After all, most brick and mortar stores have their own apps these days. The total online sales from the weekend topped $5 billion.
  • Google Play is now actively trying to hunt down fake reviews in the Play Store. It’s been an issue for a while now. Essentially what happens is shady developers pay people to download the app over and over again on different accounts and leave favorable reviews. The rating goes way up and people think the app is great. We don’t know how effective this fake review washing will be, but we hope it’s pretty damn effective.

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Distraint: Pocket Pixel Horror

[Price: Free / $1.49]
Distraint is a horror-adventure game that runs on the same engine as the Five Nights at Freddy’s games. For you PC gamers out there, yes, this is the same game that was released on Steam last year. In this title, you’ll play though a 2D experience and solve puzzles. The controls are rather simple and it shouldn’t take you long to learn how to play. The developers claim that the game should take around two hours to complete. You can download it for free or fork out the very reasonable $1.49 for the full game.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyGoogle Santa Tracker

[Price: Free]
Google has released their yearly Santa tracking app. With this one, you’ll be able to quickly access a countdown to the big night track Santa as he makes his rounds around the world. The app also features a variety of mini-games that you can play to pass the time. Some reviewers have noticed the occasional bug so do look out for that. Otherwise, the app is completely free to download and use if you’re interested.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyHill Climb Racing 2

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Hill Climb Racing 2 is the successor to the very popular Hill Climb Racing. In this title, you’ll pick a vehicle and go racing. The game features the ability to perform tricks, access boosts, and there are a variety of tracks that you can play on. It’s a 2D game and the mechanics are simple so it doesn’t take long to learn the game. It also has a cartoon graphic style to give the game an atmosphere of being silly. It supports online multiplayer as well. You can pick it up for free if you don’t mind the in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyClip Layer

[Price: Free]
Clip Layer is a new app from the Microsoft Garage Project. This is an overlay app that lets you quickly copy and paste items from your screen. It launches uses the home button so you’ll need to have this set as your assistant app. Once that’s done, simply long press and you can copy and paste any text on your screen. Once copied, you can quickly send it to an email address or add it to Wunderlist if you prefer. It’s a completely free app but do beware of those early release bugs.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklySamorost 3

[Price: $4.99]
Samorost 3 is the latest game in the Samorost franchise. It’s a quirky little adventure game where you play as a space gnome with a flute. Your job is to travel the cosmos and visit nine planets to complete various challenges. It has a strong showing in the graphics, sound, and music departments which adds to the overall ambiance of the title. The game runs for $4.99 but there are no in-app purchases to get in the way of you having fun.

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These are Google Play’s best apps and games of 2016

It’s December already… crazy, right? As the year 2016 winds down, it’s time to look back at what new and notable apps and games made a splash in the Google Play Store.

To help us look back at what was most popular in 2016, Google Play has released its “Best of 2016” list for apps and games. It’s certainly no surprise that Pokémon Go and Nintendo’s Miitomo games made the list, though there are a handful of titles on the list that may not have been on everyone’s radar.

Below you’ll find Google Play’s “Best of 2016” global lists for trending apps and games. Which ones came out on top this year? Find out below:

Google Play’s top trending apps and games of 2016 (Global)

Top trending apps of 2016

  1. Face Changer 2
  2. Lumyer – Photo & Selfie Editor
  3. Castbox – Podcast Radio Music
  4. Emoji Keyboard Pro
  5. MSQRD

Top trending games of 2016

  1. Pokémon GO
  2. Clash Royale
  3. Traffic Rider
  4. slither.io
  5. Dream League Soccer

So that was a look at what’s been trending in 2016 on a global level. If you’re curious about all the notable apps and games in the U.S., we’ve got you covered on that front, too. Below you’ll find Google Play’s top trending apps and games in the United States, plus awards for the most innovative and best indie games of 2016. Without any further delay, check out the lists below:

Google Play’s best apps and games of 2016 (U.S.)

Top trending games of 2016

  1. Candy Crush Jelly Saga
  2. Clash Royale
  3. Pokémon GO
  4. slither.io
  5. Color Switch

Most innovative games of 2016

  1. Reigns
  2. Pokémon GO
  3. Her Story
  4. Rodeo Stampede: Sky Zoo Safari
  5. The Trail

Best indie games of 2016

  1. The Last Vikings
  2. Rolling Sky
  3. Abyssrium
  4. PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator
  5. Riptide GP: Renegade

Top trending apps of 2016

  1. Miitomo
  2. Google Duo
  3. MSQRD
  4. Reddit: The Official App
  5. Opera News Lab

There you have it, Google Play’s best apps and games of 2016. Are there any apps or games you feel should have made the list? Be sure to speak up in the comments below!

10 best new Android games of November 2016!

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a beat more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from passed months by clicking here!


Asphalt Xtreme

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Asphalt Xtreme is the latest game in the Asphalt franchise. Unlike the prior game where you drive cars over tracks, Xtreme has you driving off-road vehicles over various off-road courses. You’ll have about three dozen vehicles to unlock and play with. It includes a rather lengthy campaign mode that includes various challenges to help keep things fresh. There is also online multiplayer mode if you want to play that. It’s a good looking game with decent mechanics. The only caveat is that it’s rather aggressive with its freemium content.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Astral Frontier

[Price: $4.99]
Astral Frontier is the latest game out of Kemco, a developer known for its mobile RPG titles. It plays like a classic jRPG from the 1990s. You’ll be exploring various places, fighting bad guys, and trying to save the world. It also includes an elemental stone mechanics to help liven things up a bit. Players will notice that is a little dry and there is tons of dialog. Otherwise, it’s a fun experience for those who like a retro feel to their RPG experience. It’s $4.99, but there are no in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Batman – The Telltale Series

[Price: Free / $4.99 per episode]
Batman – The Telltale Series is an episodic adventure game about Batman from Telltale Games. This adventure follows Batman through a new story line that promises to be as gritty and violent as the Batman series can get. You’ll also meet a number of characters from the Batman universe. This one is having more issues than usual for a newly released game which is a bit of a bummer. However, Telltale is known for their high quality game play so we imagine these issues will be worked out eventually. For now, keep this one on your radar.

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10 best new Android games of November 2016!Eisenhorn: Xenos

[Price: $5.99]
Eisenhorn: Xenos is an adventure game that takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It’s also based on a book by the same name. You’ll play Gregor Eisenhorn, an Inquisitor that has some stuff that needs done. You’ll be fighting bad guys and exploring the world under this premise. It has pretty decent graphics and game play along with some special powers to help you along the way. It’s also fully voice acted if that matters to you. It’s $5.99 with no in-app purchases.

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10 best new Android games of November 2016!Gear.Club

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Gear.Club is a new racing game that tries to focus more on realism. It boasts a mechanics engine that adheres to realistic expectations of what a car can do. It also has some pretty decent graphics. On top of its looks, you’ll be racing through various courses, upgrading and unlocking new vehicles, and there is an online multiplayer mode that you can engage with. Like the Batman game mentioned earlier, this one has a few more issues than what would be considered normal for a new game. It’s free to download if you want to try it.

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September 4, 2016

10 best new Android games of November 2016!Jade Empire: Special Edition

[Price: $9.99]
Jade Empire is actually an old Xbox game from Bioware that has been officially ported to Android. This new special edition contains the entire game that we all know and loved from many years ago along with additional content specific to this mobile version. The mechanics have been adapted for mobile and it turned out pretty well. This is a rather large and epic game that boasts about 40 hours of game play. It costs $9.99, but there are no in-app purchases.

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10 best new Android games of November 2016!Microsoft Solitaire Colleciton

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Microsoft released their eponymous Solitaire game to Google Play. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection comes with a total of five variants of Solitaire, including Klondike (traditional), Spider, Freecell, Tripeaks, and Pyramid. The game is entirely free to play and you can replay them as often as you want. You’ll have to deal with some advertisements, but otherwise the game is free. You can pop down some money for platinum status which actually doesn’t add all that much.

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10 best new Android games of November 2016!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Neko Collector

[Price: Free]
Neko Collector is a port of the Easter egg game in Android Nougat. It allows most devices to play the game for a little bit of fun. Truth be told, there isn’t a lot to this game. You’ll lay out some food, a cat shows up, and you add it to your collection. The goal is to collect every cat. It’s a simple game that doesn’t take much battery and it seems to work rather well. It’s completely free which is also a plus.

Download now on Google Play!

10 best new Android games of November 2016!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!PinOut

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Pinout is an arcade pinball game from the same developers that brought us Smash Hit. This is an endless runner game with pinball mechanics. You’ll try to shoot the ball through an infinite level to see how far you can get. It features bright, neon colors, smooth game play, and it culminates in an excellent experience that should leave you feeling elated. It’s a time waster style of game, but it’s free to play with no advertising. You can throw down for the full version which includes a couple of additional features.

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10 best new Android games of November 2016!The Trail

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The Trail is a freemium game created by Peter Molyneaux. For those who don’t know, he’s done a lot in the God Game genre, including the mobile game Godus. The Trail will have you traveling down a trail, meeting travelers, trading for stuff, and eventually settling down to create your own town. You’ll also craft stuff, explore various places, and more. It has a unique graphical style and it’s an overall enjoyable experience. The only caveat is that it is a freemium game with the usual pitfalls.

Download now on Google Play!


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10 best new Android apps of November 2016!

App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! You can watch the videos from passed months by clicking here!


Adobe Apps

[Price: Free (may require Adobe CC subscription)]
Adobe released three new apps in the month of November. The first was Photoshop Fix. This app lets you retouch photos and it also comes with some restoration features. The second was Adobe Photoshop Sketch. As the name implies, this app gives you a variety of tools to sketch and create original pieces of artwork that can then be ported to Adobe’s desktop apps. The last one is Adobe Comp CC. This one allows you to design wireframes using images, text, shapes, and fonts. They’re all free to download, but you’ll need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to use all of the features.
Download Adobe Photoshop Fix from Google Play!
Get Adobe Photoshop Sketch from Google Play!

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10 best new Android apps of November 2016!Android Auto

[Price: Free]
Android Auto was released to the world this last month. It was out previously but only for a few devices whereas this release is for pretty much everybody. It integrates Android Auto directly into your device so you won’t need a smart car in order to use it. You’ll be able to to a basic set of tasks including checking and sending messages, navigation, and listening to music and playlists, and more. It still needs quite a bit of work. That said, it is free and we expect the platform to get better sooner rather than later.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android apps of November 2016!AutoTools

[Price: Free / $2.99]
AutoTools is a no-root extension for Tasker. It allows you to easily create some stuff in Tasker that would otherwise be a little more tedious or difficult. You can have it create toasts, badges, time calculations, and even gestures. AutoTools also has support for data processing, Chrome Custom Tabs, a flashlight, and more. You can try the app out for free for 30 days. After that, you can buy the app for $2.99.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android apps of November 2016!Brave Browser

[Price: Free]
Brave Browser had actually been out for a while. However, it was re-re-branded as Link Bubble and a new Brave Browser was released in its stead. This browser comes with built-in ad-block as well as a range of security features and battery optimizations to help keep things running smoothly. Along with that, it supports the usual range of features, including private tabs, bookmarks, history, and more. It’s a fairly decent little browser if you’re in the market for one.

Download now on Google Play!

10 best new Android apps of November 2016!


10 best new Android apps of November 2016!Fingerprint Gestures

[Price: Free / Optional donation]
Fingerprint Gestures is a fun little customization app. It allows you to use your fingerprint sensor as a sort of track pad. You’ll be able to assign gestures along with various tap patterns to perform various tasks. For instance, you can have it show your notifications if you swipe down. It seems to work well for the most part, although some devices have better luck with it than others. It’s a free download so you can see if it works for you. You’ll need a device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow at the very least.

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10 best new Android apps of November 2016!


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10 best new Android apps of November 2016!Learn How to Draw

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Learn How to Draw is a simply named app that, to the surprise to no one, helps teach you how to draw. It features lessons for beginners, intermediates, and even some advanced lessons if you already know a little bit about drawing. The tutorials were created by Will Sliney who is a known comic book artist. There are hundreds of tutorials to go through. The app is reasonably priced and you can try it out for free before you dropping the $0.99 to get the full version.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android apps of November 2016!Microsoft Selfie

[Price: Free]
Microsoft Selfie is a simple camera app that takes selfies. It features a very simple interface that allows you to get in, take your selfie, and then send it where it needs to go. It has an editing tool that lets you move a slider back and forth. According to Microsoft, the slider is backed by technology that takes into account things like age, skin tone, gender, lighting, and other variables. It works pretty well if you need something simple.

Download now on Google Play!

10 best new Android apps of November 2016!


10 best new Android apps of November 2016!PhotoScan

[Price: Free]
PhotoScan is an app by Google that helps you port your actual photographs into your device. Basically, it’s a scanner app that you use to scan your photographs. It has a tool that lets you outline the photo so you can easily remove things like the frame or any background that you may get. Once it’s digital, you can back it up or post it to social media if you want to. It takes a moment to get used to, but otherwise it’s a simple app to use. It also works pretty well.

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10 best new Android apps of November 2016!Pulse SMS

[Price: Free / Subscription / $10.99]
Pulse is an SMS application that also has cross-platform support. On its own, on a single device, it functions like a simple SMS app. However, you can install it on your computer, tablet, and other devices and sync your SMS between all of them. You can pay a recurring monthly subscription for multiple device support or you can buy a lifetime license for $10.99 and not have to worry about it again. It works pretty well although there are some bugs as you’d expect with a newer app. It’s worth a shot.

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10 best new Android apps of November 2016!SnipBack

[Price: Free]
SnipBack is a voice recording app with some unique features. It gets the basics right. You can record your voice, share or backup that recording, and recordings are listed by session for easy organization. However, the app also includes background noise reduction and the ability to record audio before the app starts running. It runs as a service and you can actually recover the last 30 seconds of audio even if you’re not recording. It works well enough, although running it as a constant service may not always be the best idea.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 167th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Google Play is currently trying out individual game ratings. The way it works is you rate titles based on game play, controls, and graphics. The scores for each category lets people know how good those qualities are for a more comprehensive look at the game. It can also warn people if games don’t have good controller support or have great graphics but otherwise suck. We’re not sure if this is going to roll out to everybody, but it seems like a good idea.
  • So Twitter banned its own CEO this week. In an act that essentially summed up how bad it’s been at Twitter lately, Jack Dorsey spent a good portion of the day not being able to view his own Twitter account. He did eventually make it back on and told everyone that it was an internal problem that caused the ban. There’s nothing of real note here, but it was kinda funny.
  • It was announced this week that Google is ending Google Play Services support for Android Gingerbread. The change will happen in early 2017. By removing Gingerbread, Google Play Services will become a little more modern in nature and give developers more options for building apps. The number of devices that even use Gingerbread is only about 1.3%. Also, most apps don’t support Gingerbread anymore anyway.
  • The latest Humble Bundle is live! This bundle features tons of games from HandyGames and includes Clouds & Sheep, Rocket Island, 1942 Pacific Front, and plenty of other games that would cost you $42 to buy individually. You can pay what you want and get five games, pay a $3 minimum and get up to 11 games, or pay $5 or more to get the whole bundle. It’s a good way to get some games on the cheap and give to charity.
  • Google Play is tossing a huge games, apps, books, movies, and more sale in honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can get stuff for up to 80% off and some of the titles are rather expensive without deals. It’s a good time to stock up on some stuff. We don’t know how long these deals will last, though, so be sure to get them while you can. Click the previous links to see the deals!

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Eisenhorn: Xenox

[Price: $5.99]
Eisenhorn: Xenos is an adventure game that takes place in the Warharmmer 40,000 universe. It’s an adaptation from a book of the same name. You’ll be able to explore the world, take part in various quests, and the game comes with full voice acting. The graphics are also pretty decent. Unlike most Warhammer games these days, this one is a pay-once title with no in-app purchases. It also has full game controller support if that matters to you.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyChase Pay

[Price: Free]
Chase Bank has released its own NFC payment app called Chase Pay. It’s about what you’d expect from an NFC payment app. You’ll be able to log into an existing Chase account and use the cards on file to make purchases. It’s brand new which means there are plenty of bugs that need to be worked out. Also, the app only works at Best Buy and a few other places right now but we expect that to increase over time. It’s not very good right now, but members of Chase Bank should keep an eye on it.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyGear.Club

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Gear.Club is a racing game that boasts a realistic experience. Underneath its bravado, it’s a fairly standard freemium racing game. You’ll race various tracks at various locations to win various championships. Above that, there is a large selection of cars to collect, optimize, and upgrade. The graphics are simply astounding although other parts of the game could use a little bit of work. It’s not quite prime time yet but we’re sure it’ll get there eventually.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyPulse SMS

[Price: Free / $0.99 per month / $1.99 per 3 months / $5.99 per year / $10.99]
Pulse SMS is a hybrid of a texting app and a Pushbullet competitor. On its own, the Android app functions as a good, if slightly basic SMS app. However, you can download the app on various platforms and share the SMS messages between them. That means you can text on your tablet or your computer if you want to. Like Pushbullet, there is a subscription service although you can get a lifetime license and not have to worry about it if you want to. It’s a little buggy as new apps are, but it’s definitely going to get better over time.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyMicrosoft Solitaire Collection

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Microsoft Solitaire Collection is an Android port of the popular Solitaire games available on most Microsoft Windows machines. The game includes five total variants of Solitaire, including Klondike (classic), Spider, Freecell, Tripeaks, and Pyramid. This adaptation also includes daily challenges as well as Xbox Live login support where you can earn actual achievements. It’s a time waster through and through. You can also get a premium membership for a recurring charge that removes advertising and gives you in-game boosts.

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Google Play trialing individual game ratings for gameplay, controls and graphics

Some users of Google Play have begun seeing ‘feature ratings’ for games in Google’s marketplace, according to Android Police, who have received screenshots of the changes. The shift takes the familiar “one rating fits all” approach and breaks it down into more detailed aspects including gameplay, controls and graphics.

The idea makes a lot of sense, as a game might have brilliant gameplay and graphics but be let down by sub-standard controls. In cases like this the game might still be worth installing, assuming you have an Android controller. Or, a game might have beautiful and enticing graphics but simply awful gameplay that makes it not even worth a trial run.

Google Play trialing individual game ratings for gameplay, controls and graphics Android Police

If you want to see if you have the feature enabled on your device, head to the games section of Google Play, pick an app and scroll down to the normal overall rating. Below that you’ll either see the usual review highlights, or you’ll see circular feature ratings before the review highlights start.

If you can see the new feature ratings you’ll also be able to submit game reviews that take advantage of these new granular ratings. After first assigning an overall rating for the game you’ll see an additional three screens for rating each individual aspect of the game mentioned above.

Let us know if you like this new option and if you’ve got the feature on your phone.

10 best personal assistant apps for Android


Personal Assistant apps have been around for a while. However, it wasn’t until Siri that they became a really big deal. We now have tons of options in the space, including offerings from Google, Microsoft, and SoundHound, among others. It’s an interesting space to be in right now. You can take advantage as well with the best personal assistant apps for Android! Let’s get started. Also, if you’re into hardware, check out Google Home and Amazon Alexa as they combine the concept of a personal assistant app with a hardware device to control.


AIVC (Alice)

Price: Free
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AIVC (Alice) is a pretty standard virtual assistant with an above average track record. It includes the ability to ask for simple things such as starting various apps, the weather, time, calendar, reminders, and even simple math problems. You can also ask it about fun facts about stats, stocks, and more. Of course, it also includes the basics like calling, sending SMS, navigation, alarms, and translation. It’s not as complex or smooth as something like Google Now but it’s not a bad option if you just need something simple.
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10 best personal assistant apps for Android

Cortana

Price: Free
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It is true that Cortana still needs some work but it has too much potential to leave off of a list like this. Microsoft’s answer to Siri has a ton of things that it can do and it’s integrated into Windows 10 for near-seamless cross-platform support. Among its many features include the ability to call people, send SMS and email, track packages, tell jokes, take notes, add stuff to your calendar, and more. Again, it is a little rough around the edges right now, but Cortana is still better than most and it’ll only get better over time.
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Cyman Mark 2

Price: Free / $4.59
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Cyman Mark 2 is one of the lesser known personal assistant apps. It does the basic stuff, such as automating tasks, sending messages, finding information, and more. The developers also boast future IoT support when that proliferates a little more. Some additional features include language translation, task list management, alarm setting, unit conversion, and scheduled commands. You can download a free version to try it out or go pro for $4.59.
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Dragon Mobile Assistant

Price: Free
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Dragon Mobile Assistant was released by Nuance Communications, the same company that brought us the once iconic Swype keyboard. It comes with the basic features so you can expect pretty standard functionality. This one includes something called Attentive Mode which allows it to be activated even when the screen is off and locked. That makes Dragon Mobile one of the few that offer this functionality. You can also choose between several voices and even name your assistant what you want. It's one of the more underrated personal assistant apps.
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Google Allo

Price: Free
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Google Allo is kind of a wild card in the personal assistant apps space. It's a messenger application that is still fairly new. However, it also houses Google Assistant. Google Assistant can do a variety of things like deliver information at requested times, tell jokes, answer questions, search for things, add stuff to a calendar, and a lot more. It can be invoked during any non-incognito chat and be used by everyone in the chat. It's a nifty little thing that you can actually talk to that's also combined with a messenger service. It still needs work, but this could get really good in a short period of time.
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Google Now

Price: Free
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Google Now is pretty much the undisputed champion of personal assistant apps on Android. It comes with a metric ton of features which includes the basics, more advanced stuff like anticipating your needs, activation from anywhere, Google Now on Tap, and a lot more. It’s not enough that this app is solid as a brick wall but it’s also updated on an almost constant basis by Google which seems to only add to its stability and range of features. If your device has Google Play Services, you probably already have this installed which means you just have to turn it on. You can also get Google Now Launcher which puts Google Now at the forefront of your device interactions.
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Hound

Price: Free
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Hound is another one of the upcoming personal assistant apps alongside Cortana. This one is done by SoundHound and it’s actually pretty decent. The basics are all covered here and includes some advanced stuff like a mortgage calculator, integrated Expedia support for hotel booking, and the SoundHound Now which opens a sing/hum music search. You can even play interactive games like Hangman. It’s only for United States residents right now, but it is out of beta and ready for public consumption. It is still a bit buggy though, so do beware of that.
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Indigo Virtual Assistant

Price: Free
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Indigo Virtual Assistant is a personal assistant app that tries to focus a little more on personality and the developers encourage you to talk to it like you would a normal person. You can do the basics including sending SMS and emails, phone calls, navigation, and the usual stuff. You can also save favorites so you can repeat them later, translate stuff very quickly and for various things, and a lot more The Indigo developers admit that their speech recognition is a beta and, thus, errors may occur but otherwise it feels like an enjoyable experience that works rather well.
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Jarvis

Price: Free / Up to $1.25
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Jarvis hit it big with the Android community thanks to its obvious reference to Iron Man. Along with the basics, Jarvis comes with widget support, the ability to set wallpapers, device controls (turn off WiFi, for instance), reminders, and it’s one of the few personal assistant apps that can be used on wearables such as Android Wear. One caveat is that it only supports English for right now so be prepared for that. At the very least, the app is free to download and use to see if you like it.
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Robin

Price: Free
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Robin was one of the original “Siri challengers” and, as such, as been around for quite some time. Despite that, the developer still proclaim Robin as a beta application which means they definitely want everything to be just right before release. It supports the basic commands such as calling and sending SMS and it can also respond to gestures, find out about parking and traffic alerts, gas prices, and more. It still needs some work but it’s a pretty decent option and should become a lot better over the long term if the developers keep working on it.
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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 166th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • The developers of Critical Ops announced this week that their game has over ten million downloads and 300,000 active players. For those who don’t know, Critical Ops is a first person shooter that’s been in a perpetual beta since its release. Even so, it’s a solid game with decent graphics and mechanics. It’s a free download in the Play Store if you want to try it out. It’s a worthy competitor to more popular shooters like Modern Combat 5.
  • A new study done this week shows that Android users are more than twice as likely to uninstall apps and games than iOS users. The study indicates that 43% of games and 21% of app downloads eventually get uninstalled on Android. On iOS, those numbers are 13% and 9%, respectively. Whether Android users simply try more things or are more particular about their apps is up for discussion. Either way, it’s interesting.
  • Word around the digital grapevine is that Telltale’s upcoming 2017 Marvel game will be based around Guardians of the Galaxy. The information comes from a supposed leak originally covered by ComicBookMovie.com. Along with that, the leak also allegedly lists The Walking Dead Season 3 as a game that’s happening. We hope all of these leaks are true because that would be awesome.
  • Taiwan is currently trying to have Uber banned from every app store in its country. Here’s what happened. In Taiwan, transportation services pay a different set of taxes from technology platforms. Uber classified itself as a technology platform while the Taiwanese government is well aware that it’s essentially a transportation service. We’ll have to see how this turns out in the long run, but it’s not the first time Uber has been in hot water.
  • Facebook and Google are making some moves to help prevent the circulation of fake news. Facebook will simply stop allowing those stories to trend on its site while Google removes their AdSense money. We don’t know what this will mean for the satire community, but it’s actually kind of sad that we have the culmination of human knowledge at our fingertips via the Internet and this is still somehow a problem.

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SnipBack

[Price: Free]
SnipBack is a voice recorder app that lets you record yourself. It does the standard recording stuff pretty well. You’ll be able to record yourself doing whatever and then export those files to your internal storage, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Another feature is the ability to let SnipBack run as a service that can temporarily record audio all the time and then let you recover it if you want to. We don’t recommend leaving it on all the time, but it’s a nifty little thing to have.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps WeeklyHaunted Rooms

[Price: Free]
Haunted Rooms is a VR puzzle game that was released this week. It’s an escape game which means you’ll spent most of your time solving puzzles to get out of wherever you are. It boasts decent graphics, a short story line, and a spooky ambiance. The developers have also stated that they’d like to add more episodes to the adventure over time. It was made for Google Cardboard so it should work with almost any similar VR headset. It’s also a free download.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps WeeklyFingerprint Gestures

[Price: Free / Varies]
Fingerprint Gestures is an app that allows you to use your fingerprint scanner as a gesture pad. The way it works is you assign actions to an activity. For instance, you can set “Recent Apps” to a single tap of your fingerprint scanner. When you perform the activity, it performs the action. It’s a little rough around the edges and it doesn’t work with every device. You’ll also need a device that’s running Android Marshmallow in order to use it.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps WeeklyJade Empire: Special Edition

[Price: $9.99]
Jade Empire began life as an action RPG on the original Xbox back in the mid 2000s. It was eventually ported to PC and now, Android. The game takes place in a land inspired by ancient China and the characters were as well. It’s a Bioware title so fans of their games know what kind of experience they’ll get with this one. It’s a tad expensive at $9.99, but it comes with full controller support, on-screen controls, and additional content that wasn’t in the original release.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps WeeklyPhotoScan by Google

[Price: Free]
PhotoScan by Google is an app that helps you digitize your photographs. You use it to kind of scan your real life photos which are then added to your gallery. It also has a few tools to help things along. For instance, you can use the crop tool to get rid of any frame or background. It doesn’t take long to learn how to use and it only really does this one thing. Anyone who’s been meaning to get digital copies of their old photographs, you should definitely try this.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly


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