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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[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.

Download now on Google Play!

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.

Download now on Google Play!

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.

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 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.

Download now on Google Play!

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.

Download now on Google Play!

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

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Uber’s “misrepresentation” of its service may get its apps banned in Taiwan


If you asked the average man on the street what Uber is, nine times out of ten they’d tell you it’s a transportation service. I suspect very few – if any at all – would tell you it’s an internet-based technology platform. But that seems to be the tax-dodging wool Uber is trying to pull over Taiwan’s eyes. Taiwan isn’t having any of it though and is planning to ask both Google and Apple to pull all Uber apps from their respective Taiwanese app stores.

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Taiwan’s government has already accused Uber of misrepresenting its services in the country and ordered it to pay back taxes as a transportation company. Uber claims it is in compliance with all local regulations and is refusing to pay up. Taiwan’s not buying the story and will now attempt to have Uber’s apps banned.

Liang Guo-guo, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Directorate General of Highways, told Reuters that “Uber has not done what it says it will do, so we are looking at another way by requesting its apps be removed from Apple and Google (app stores)”. The move would not only affect the ride-hailing app, but also UberEATS.

Uber has not done what it says it will do, so we are...requesting its apps be removed from Apple and Google (app stores).

While there would be nothing to stop Taiwanese locals from sideloading the Uber app, having it removed from the official Google Play and Apple app store would put a dent in Uber’s expansionist ambitions in the island nation. Sideloading would deny users the benefits of automatic updates as issued by Apple and Google’s app stores, as well as increase the risk of users installing malicious apps posing as Uber APKs.

Taiwanese police have already begun issuing fines to Uber riders delivering food for UberEATS customers and suspending licenses for between two to six months. The murky legality of Uber’s status in Taiwan may temporarily shield them though, with Google indicating to Reuters that it will only remove apps that are illegal in nature.

Uber is under scrutiny in several other Asian countries for similar claims of misrepresentation.

Do you think Uber is being sneaky? Would you sideload Uber if it were banned in your country?