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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.

Download now on Google Play!


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.

Download now on Google Play!

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.

Download now on Google Play!


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.

Download now on Google Play!

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.

Download now on Google Play!


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Pokemon Go combines Nearby and Sightings in new global update

Niantic has never quite recaptured the initial user friendliness of the nearby Pokemon tracker found in the original version of Pokemon Go. That feature disappeared, supposedly due to a problem with the game’s Google Maps integration, but the Sightings feature that replaced it was far from popular and it too disappeared.

When Nearby returned in modified form, it only revealed Pokemon in close proximity to PokeStops, a decision that severely limited its usefulness to anyone outside metropolitan areas. Niantic has now updated the game once more, changing Nearby’s mechanics and bringing Sightings back to work in tandem with Nearby. Both features have now been rolled out to “most regions of the world”.

With the new update announced on Friday, Pokemon Go will now supplement Nearby Pokemon with Sightings. If there aren’t enough PokeStops in your area to make Nearby useful, or if there are less than three Pokemon on the Nearby tracker, the game will now add a Sightings list to Nearby.

This is especially useful for players in rural areas, where they may only see Sightings due to a lack of PokeStops in their vicinity. However, if you live in a city with lots of PokeStops around you won’t have access to Sightings at all, because Nearby takes priority over Sightings.

Niantic specifically calls this update a test, so there’s no guaranteeing this will be the way the game remains for long. If The Silph Road sub-Reddit is anything to go by, most players would prefer to have the choice between seeing Nearby Pokemon or Sightings. With Niantic seemingly paying closer attention to what its users want, that request may well appear in future.

How do you think Niantic should handle Pokemon tracking?

UPDATE POKEMON GO

Pokémon Go code leak may reveal what will be in the game’s Dec. 12 update

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Developer Niantic Labs has already confirmed it will reveal some major updates for its augmented reality game Pokémon Go on Monday, Dec. 12. Now, some people have code dived into the latest version of the game and discovered what may be included in that update.

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How to battle in Pokemon Go

October 9, 2016

Many previous rumors claim that the game could see 100 new Pokémon creatures added to next week. However, the code inside the new 0.49.1 version for Android shows that might not be all that will be added to the game. If you don’t want your experience ruined beforehand, consider everything beyond this sentence as a spoiler.

The code reportedly shows that Niantic could add Male and Female genders to the creatures in the game. Also, some creatures will get very rare shiny color variants, according to the code. Avatar customization might be in the works, as players can change the avatar’s hair, shirts, pants and much more. Finally, the code suggests that the creatures could get optional costumes to wear, perhaps in a holiday-themed event.

It’s important to keep in mind that the developer might decide not to put in some or all of these features in the next update, as the code might just be placeholders for future versions of the game. Which new feature are you most excited about for Pokémon Go?

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The Pokemon Go Starbucks collaboration is official

When you’re out hunting Pokemon this holiday season, you can now officially rest your weary feet at one of your numerous local Starbucks for a Pokemon Go Frappuccino and a little monster battling action. Starbucks has made official what has been frequently rumored lately: 7,800 Starbucks locations will be evolved into either PokéStops or Gyms.

At 2 PM EST/11 AM PST the transformation will be begin and you’ll be able to get the exact same Starbucks experience you know and love, but with Pokemon. The promotion comes hot on the heels of the Sprint Pokemon Go collaboration, which turns over 10,000 Sprint stores into PokéStops or Gyms as well.

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Niantic: There’s a secret in Pokemon Go that nobody knows about

4 weeks ago

Niantic has promised to reveal the details of its massive December update on Monday December 12. Current rumors claim over 100 new Pokemon will be added to the game and at least one legendary Pokemon will be included. Other additions are expected to include in-game trading, PvP battles and the ability to raise Pokemon like Tamagotchi.

If all that sounds exciting, stay tuned for more details on Monday, and don’t forget your Pokemon Go Frappuccino, which consists of a “Vanilla Bean Frappuccino blended beverage and raspberry syrup blended with freeze dried whole blackberries and topped with whipped cream.” So once you’re done training in the Starbucks gym, you can go make an appointment at the dentist.

What legendary Pokemon are you expecting on Monday? What feature does Pokemon Go still need?

Pokémon Go creature reveal due Dec. 12, Sprint stores to become PokéStops and Gyms

Pokémon Go is finally getting close to adding some new Pokémon creatures to the mobile augmented reality game. Developer Niantic Labs has confirmed it will reveal the details about the additions on Monday, Dec. 12.

See also:

How to make Pokestops in Pokemon Go

October 13, 2016

Rumors about the game adding as many as 100 new creatures have been making the internet rounds for the past few weeks, but it looks like Niantic now has a firm date for when they will be let loose for players to catch em all.

In the meantime, the game has received a new update to version 0.49.1 for Android. That update will allow trainers to transfer multiple Pokémon at a time to Professor Willow by pressing and holding on a Pokémon.

The update also adds Pokémon-type icons to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen, and the total Candy count for your Buddy Pokémon has been added to the buddy info screen. Finally, you can check out the total number of kilometers a Buddy Pokémon has walked on that same info screen with this update.

As if that were not enough for fans of Pokémon Go, Niantic Labs and Sprint have announced a partnership that will turn 10,500 Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack locations in the U.S. into PokéStops and Gyms. In addition, Sprint stores will feature in-store charging stations for players of the game to keep their smartphone powered up.

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Boot Loops Cereal | Podcast 090

While Josh is out, for the third (and potentially final) time, to acquire Snapchat Spectacles, the rest of the gang gets together to talk about the week’s Android news. This episode, we have Jonathan Feist, Joe Hindy, and David Imel to talk about the potential of Google Assistant coming to the Nexus devices, the arrival of even MORE Pokemon in Pokemon Go, and the woes of Cyanogen and their recent dramas. Check the timecodes below if you want to jump to a specific topic!

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Rough Timecodes:
After Josh rants about Snapchat Spectacles, our check-in includes another crazy story from David Imel
01:00 – Spectacles Debacle
30:00 – Pokemon Go Updates
42:00 – Android Nougat 7.1 for Nexus
47:00 – Nexus 5X recalls and refunds by LG
60:00 – Cyanogen craziness

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That big Pokémon Go update with 100 new creatures could go live this week

Pokémon Go fans have been hearing rumors for weeks that the popular AR app will add 100 new creatures to catch soon. Now, new leaks suggest that big update could happen this week. The game’s developer, Niantic Labs, will also reportedly announce new partnerships with at least two companies in the U.S. this week as well.

See also:

How to train on Gyms and how to train your Pokémon in Pokémon Go

October 15, 2016

The one thing we know for sure is that Sprint and Niantic plan to make a joint press announcement on Wednesday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT) on something related to the wireless carrier and Pokémon Go. Exactly what that reveal will be is currently unknown, but it would be a perfect time for Niantic to officially announce a huge update for the game.

That big Pokémon Go update with 100 new creatures could go live this week

Another big partnership for the game could go live the next day, on Thursday, December 8. Reddit users leaked what they claim are internal documents from Starbucks earlier this week. They show that starting on Thursday, the majority of Starbucks’ company-owned stores will become official PokéStops or Gyms for the game. Players who show up at those stores will also unlock a virtual Pokémon Go Frappuccino Blended Beverage. Finally, that same drink will be available for all Starbucks customers in the real world to purchase and drink.

All of this would strongly suggest Niantic is prepared to make a big push to update Pokémon Go with a major content update, at least in the US. While it was hugely popular when it launched in July, the game’s player base has declined from its extreme highs since then.  Clearly, Niantic wants to claim some of those lost players back with these new partnerships and, hopefully, a big update.

If the game does indeed add 100 new creatures, will you come back to Pokémon Go to try to catch ’em all?

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Pokemon Go’s Nearby feature rolls out across continental US and large parts of Europe

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The Pokemon Go team has announced that it is expanding the Nearby tracking feature to large parts of Europe, as well as the continental US regions which were yet to receive it. The statement was made via a post on the official Pokemon Go blog yesterday.

Pokemon Go developer Niantic first began testing the feature in August in San Francisco, before expanding it to further cities in November. The function helps trainers discover the location of nearby Pokemon by showing a picture of them at the Poke Stop they are closest to. If a trainer taps Poke Stop icon, the featured Pokemon’s approximate location will be revealed.

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100 new creatures tipped for Pokemon Go update in December

5 days ago

“We will continue to review the feedback submitted on our official social media accounts and in other channels and make changes if necessary,” said the Pokemon Go team in the announcement.

In other recent Pokemon Go news, weight was added to the rumor that an influx of 100 new Pokemon is on the horizon via an analysis of recent game code. The new Pokemon are now speculated to arrive in an update this month.

100 new creatures tipped for Pokemon Go update in December

A massive December update for Pokemon Go is reportedly on the way, delivering “more than 100 new normal and Legendary Pokémon, player-versus-player battles” as well as Pokemon trading and the ability to raise your Pokemon like Tamagotchi. Perhaps the biggest news though is that legendary Pokemon Mew and Mewto are finally expected to appear in the game.

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Niantic: There’s a secret in Pokemon Go that nobody knows about

2 weeks ago

The information comes via an analysis of game code performed by developers associated with the Pokemon map PokeVS, shared with Venture Beat. “PokeVS showed before-and-after comparisons of the code that indicated where the updates are expected to be implemented. This code could change, but as it is, it shows what’s coming.”

All of these features have been discussed publicly by Niantic Labs’ CEO John Hanke already, but no official confirmation of the update has yet been made. According to Venture Beat, a Niantic spokesperson has simply confirmed that “Gen 2” is coming, but didn’t explain what that update will entail. If you want to read the exhaustive list of new Pokemon expected next month, hit the source link below.

Are you still playing Pokemon Go? Will you pick it up again when this update drops?

Ditto has now been discovered in Pokemon GO

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At long last, the elusive Ditto has appeared in Pokemon Go. The only non-legendary Pokemon of the original 151 that hadn’t yet made an appearance can now be captured and, as those familiar with the Pokemon may have anticipated, Ditto hides in plain sight.

Ditto is known for taking on the form of other Pokemon and thus you won’t see it in its natural form in the wild. Instead, you may find that after catching a Pokemon – reportedly common Pokemon like Rattatas, Pidgeys, Spearows and Magikarps – a cutscene will play to reveal that you, in fact, caught Ditto. Reports also suggest that Ditto can still be caught using lures and incense as with other Pokemon.

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Pokemon Go update brings double XP and Stardust from Nov 23-30

2 days ago

Ditto was rumored to make its debut in the game after code from a Pokemon Go update earlier this month was discovered to include the Transform move used by Ditto (among other Pokemon). In the same code references to 100 new Pokemon were also discovered. Could this mean that they’re also on their way soon? We’ll keep you posted.