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

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

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Welcome to the 430th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:

  • A report released this week outlines Elon Musk’s alleged ideas for boosting Twitter revenue. Among the ideas are monetizing tweets, increasing celebrity engagement and cutting the salaries of high-level executives. This was apparently part of his bid to buy Twitter. We don’t know how feasible many of these things are, but you can click the link to learn more about it.
  • Google gives users more power to remove personally identifiable information from the web. This week, Google gave users the option to request that phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses be removed from Google search results. Google processes requests within days and your information should be gone. We really like this move and recommend people do it.
  • Last week we talked about the shutdown of the disaster that was CNN Plus. Turns out it was worse than we thought because it actually closed two days earlier. It was supposed to close on April 30, but closed on April 28 instead. It’s one of the worst streaming service launches of all time and compares a lot to Quibi.
  • Several big tech companies have been tricked into giving personal data to hackers. The process is a bit complicated. However, the short version is that the hackers pretended to be a legitimate company and submitted fake legal claims. Big tech companies responded and gave data. Google, Apple, Twitter, Discord and several others have been included. Click on the link to find out more.
  • The Google Play Store now shows you how apps collect and share your data. It is 100% mandatory for app developers to include this data starting July 20, 2022. The information includes what data is collected, how it is used, third parties it is shared with, and several other data elements. You should see this rolling out in the coming weeks.

Ghost

Price: Free

Phantom is a crypto wallet that was originally for desktop browsers. The company launched its Android and iOS apps a few weeks ago. The app has many of the same features as the wallet itself, including fast transactions, low fees, and Solana DAPPs for added functionality. As an app it’s not terrible but it still needs some optimizations. It tends to charge slowly and sometimes becomes unresponsive. However, a little tweaking here and there and the app should prove very useful. People who already use Phantom should definitely check it out.


Seven Deadly Sins X-Tasy

Price: free to play

Seven Mortal Sins X-Tasy is a mobile JRPG with the usual gacha elements. You play through the story as you summon and upgrade your units. Some other game features include voice actors, the story having unique reactions based on player decisions, and hidden stories that your characters can unlock and play through. The honeymoon phase is friendly enough, though the grind eventually catches up with you. It’s definitely one of the best options for this kind of recent memory.

Juggernaut 2022 screenshot

Mastodon is a decentralized social network that looks a bit like Google+ and Twitter mixed together. The service launched its official Android app last week, presumably in response to Musk’s purchase of Twitter. The app is decent for being so new. You can join various communities, post your thoughts, post polls, get notifications, and more. There are growing pains. For example, it’s hard to switch instances without having to log in multiple times, and there are other UI/UX issues that we hope the developers will fix soon.


Mana Echoes

Price: Free

Echoes of Mana is the latest gacha RPG from Square Enix. This one revolves around the existing Mana series. It plays like many Square Enix gachas where you can summon new and old Mana Series characters, play through a storyline, and enjoy a bit of nostalgia mixed in with a bit of novelty. This one is a little more aggressive in terms of microtransactions than most Square Enix gachas and some of the gameplay is a bit jerky on lower end devices, but Square Enix will continue to improve over the long haul, so keep one eye on this one.


thrower of nothing

Price: Free

Screenshot of Nothing Launcher 2022

Nothing, the company, launched Nothing Launcher as a publicity stunt to market its upcoming phone. The launcher is what will work on the new device. The launcher is a bit bland. There are widgets, unique wallpaper and some customization options. However, it’s very bland and basic, so we don’t expect it to take the place of apps like Nova Launcher anytime soon. Still, we’ve seen OEMs upgrade and evolve their launchers with great success before, so we won’t be counting this one yet.


If we missed any important news or releases of Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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