5 Android apps you can’t miss this week
Welcome to the 449th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:
- Netflix would launch its ad-supported subscription tier on November 1. Reports indicate that Netflix wants to compete with Disney Plus. Disney Plus is, coincidentally, launching its ad-supported tier on December 8th. We believe Netflix intends to charge between $7 and $9 for the tier. Click on the link to find out more.
- We surveyed our readers last week and asked them if they liked mobile payments. Turns out most of you do. Over 60% of our readers have used a mobile payment platform in the past week, including 70% in the past month. Only 20% of our readership has never used a mobile payment platform before.
- Google recently updated Nearby Sharing. The new feature makes it easier to share with yourself. Context is when you share stuff from one Android device to another, but you own both devices. This will remove the need to approve transfers manually. However, this only works on devices you own. It should take place in the coming weeks.
- Google is reportedly testing sleep monitoring features for Android. The new feature would detect things like snoring and coughing while the user is sleeping. This way people can see if they are sleeping well or if something is wrong. The popular guess is that it will be added to the Digital Wellbeing suite. Click on the link to find out more.
- Tim Cook threw fire on the RCS fire against iMessage this week. Apple CEO says users don’t want RCS messaging support on iPhones. He also told a reporter to give their mother an iPhone to solve the green bubble problem. Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer fired back in a tweet later. It is clear that this ox is still very much alive.
The Legend of Neverland
Price: free to play
The Legend of Neverland is a new MMORPG with a Japanese anime theme. It’s a fairly traditional mobile MMOPRG. There’s a vast world you explore, tons of quests to do, dungeons to go through, and bosses to defeat. It has one of the best character designers in the genre. Along with all the quests and such, there is also an AFK item that helps you get weapon materials. You can even turn off auto-combat if you want. It’s certainly not perfect, but it ticks a lot of boxes.
MJ PDF Reader
MJ PDF Reader is indeed a PDF reader. The application prioritizes ease of use and speed. It uses a minimal interface and is pretty easy to use overall. There are some decent features like it can open PDF links from your web browser and it will remember where you left off in case you want to use it to read books. It’s open source, free to use, and a nice addition to a space increasingly cluttered with subscription options.
Infinite Magic Raid
Price: free to play
Infinite Magicraid is a gacha RPG. In terms of gameplay and premise, it is very similar to most. You summon heroes, level them up, and use them to complete story missions and boss fights. Story missions have several waves as you usually see and you conquer them with heroes who have different specialties. He seems to throw a lot of things at you early in the game, so going through the early chapters is a walk in the park. However, we expect the free-to-play grind to intensify as the story progresses.
FM Radio by OneStop Radio
FM radio is exactly what you think it is. It is an application that streams radio over a data connection. You listen to the live stream as it plays so you can enjoy a little old school. The app offers 65,000 radio stations on AM and FM radio. Also, the quality is pretty good, and the stream is stable as long as your internet connection is. Obviously there is no offline mode as this is a live stream. Other than that, you might have to play around with it a bit at first, but it works pretty well, and it’s a nice break from streaming music.
Invasion of the Iron Marines
Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases
Iron Marines Invasions is the latest game from Ironhide Studios, makers of great tower defense games. This one, however, is an RTS game. It tells the story of an ongoing war that you help fight. Players collect heroes to aid them in battle as they progress through each stage. The controls are pretty straightforward, so you should be able to get in and play without too much trouble. It includes 25 campaign missions, 70 side missions, eight heroes, 40 upgrades and over 20 achievements. It’s a premium game and we think the price is right. There are optional in-app purchases to reduce grind times if desired, but it is not necessary to complete the game.
If we missed any important news or releases of Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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