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Welcome to the 456th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week.
- India has fined Google around $162 million for anti-competitive practices. It’s very similar to the EU fine in 2018. Google uses its dominance to force OEMs to pre-install apps that prevent people from looking for alternatives. We love Android around these parts, but it’s hard to defend them when it comes to things like this. Click on the link for more details.
- Samsung’s phone cameras have improved a bit this week. The first is Samsung introducing a multiple exposure mode and an astrophotography mode. These were introduced in Samsung’s Expert RAW app. The second is a new Good Lock module, Camera Assistant, which lets you customize the standard camera app. The two links will tell you more about each.
- Additionally, Samsung has also announced that it will bring more emojis to the company’s smartphones. Android 13 One UI 5 update coming to phones finally supports Unicode 14 which will add 138 new emojis to Samsung phones. Click on the link to find out more.
- An Apple executive talked about iMessage on Android this week. He called it a throwaway effort that would have hampered innovation. In essence, he claimed that Apple would not be able to deliver a good product if it had to support Android. We still think it’s because fewer people would be iPhones, but that’s what it is.
- Material You has been out for about a year now, and we’ve been looking to see how the developers are doing. It’s been a bit slow, and much slower than when Material Design first came out. However, we’re surprised to see some apps, like Spotify, adopting certain features. You can click the link to learn more.
Price: free to play
Rent Please is a landlord simulator. You play as the owner and do the kind of things owners do. This includes getting to know your tenants, improving your property, and collecting rent. You keep this loop until you get everything you want. There is a strategy involved. For example, you need to figure out how much to charge for utilities, while keeping your tenants happy. It’s a decent simulator overall, even with the microtransactions.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Yonder is a webcomic reader. You can download and read comics of different genres. It even has some exclusive stuff. In terms of usability, it’s similar to most comic book readers. You download the comic, open it and read it. It has a system where you can unlock free stuff from time to time. However, you buy coins to immediately unlock the things you want. It has a few bugs, like most new apps, but otherwise it’s not bad.
Path to nowhere
Price: free to play
Path to Nowhere is a strategy RPG with elements of tower defense. You play through the game to unlock its story. Simply put, you play the role of a cop in a city full of crime. There are gacha elements. You summon characters to help you defeat bad guys. The combat is a mix between strategy RPG and tower defense. Enemies move along a set path and you must defeat them before they leave. Arknights fans may also enjoy this one, as many of the core elements are similar.
Google Family Link
Google continues the redesigns with a new version of Family Link. The first major difference is the user interface. It’s a bit more organized than the outgoing design. The three-tab design. One tab shows your child’s usage, a second shows the control limits and the third for GPS location.
The overhaul is mostly about the UI, as most of the underlying functionality is the same as before. There are a few new features, like today’s limit, where parents can manually set a screen time limit without disturbing their daily routines. We think the redesign is good overall and should make Google Family Link easier to use.
Price: free to play
Panilla Saga is a gacha RPG. It focuses heavily on gacha elements, and new players get an absurd number of draws just for logging in for the first time. The prices are pretty decent. The rest of the game is pretty easy to play. The fight is nothing special. You send out five characters and they’ll battle enemies to see who wins. We reached the grind wall earlier than expected, so be prepared because you’ll need it early. Otherwise, the game looks and feels pretty good. This should scratch the gacha itch, but there are better RPGs out there.
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