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


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Google Play’s Cyber Week deals are live: save up to 80% on select apps, books, movies and more

The Google Play Store is currently home to a range of deals to coincide with Cyber Week; everything from games, movies and TV shows, books, apps, and more have seen steep discounts.

Below we’ve listed a few highlights from each category, which are on sale until November 29. If you’re more interested in hardware, don’t miss our Black Friday tech deals article to see what else you can get your hands on.

Apps

Movies

You can also get 50% off any one movie or film bundle purchase in Google Play with a coupon code. Details of that can be found here.

TV shows

Comics

Books

As for music, Google has discounted a number of albums in the Play Store and is offering its Google Play Music subscription with four months free – the regular price is $9.99 per month.

You can also get up to 80 percent off selected games this week: check out those in detail in our best Black Friday Android game deals article.

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


Related best app lists:

If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.