Welcome to the 163rd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- Pokemon Go will have its first in-game event for Halloween. During the next week or so, you’ll be able to find spooky looking Pokemon with higher frequency. You’ll also get more candy than usual for doing the various tasks. The event lasts until November 1st so you don’t have much time left to take advantage. This also comes on the heels of an update that adds some additional features like different colored eggs and various bug fixes.
- Google Allo received its highly anticipated 2.0 update this week. The changes includes Direct Reply support from the notification shade as well as multitasking support for Android Nougat. It most notably didn’t come with SMS/MMS support, a desktop client, or any of the other changes that we were hoping for. However, it is worth noting that it took months for Hangouts to get SMS support as well. The update is rolling out right now.
- Facebook announced this week that it would stop censoring content that is NSFW. The catch being that it has to be newsworthy. Previously, the site would censor or delete posts if it contained content that they decided was unsuitable for general audiences. Moving forward, that will no longer be the case. Prepare to see some potentially graphic content the next time it also happens to be newsworthy.
- Minecraft: Pocket Edition received a rather sizable update this last week. The big addition in this update is the inclusion of add-ons. These will add a significant amount of content to the game. There are also now Withers and slash commands. This opens up the game quite a bit, especially with the new add-ons that can add all kinds of in-game content. It’s one of the biggest updates the game has ever had.
- Vine is officially shutting down. The somewhat popular network of six second clips had its ups and downs, but was ultimately not the cash grab that Twitter had hoped it would be. Vine remains functional right now, but it won’t be forever. The company also announced a round of layoffs to the employees. Those that use the service should have ample time to download their Vine collection. Twitter has had a lot of issues here lately and this seems to be just the latest one.
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Neko Collector is actually just the Easter egg game from Android Nougat. It’s an open source port of the game and you’ll be able to open it up, select a food item, and then wait for cats to show up. There are hundreds to collect overall. The game is extremely low energy since all you have to do is put a food item down and then wait. Eventually, you’ll receive a notification telling you that a cat has arrived. Unlike the Nougat Easter egg, this should work on most devices. It’s free with no in-app purchases.
[Price: Free / $ 0.99]
Learn How to Draw is an app that houses tons of drawing tutorials. It focuses mostly on drawing people. The guides contain things like how to draw various parts of the body and how to bring it all together to create a character. There are three levels, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced tutorials based on your current skill level. It’s also worth noting that the tutorials were created by noted comic book artist Will Sliney. You can download the app for free to try it out.
[Price: Free / up to $ 2.99]
Masky is a new, minimal rhythm game. The central premise is that you control a dance line and you must move the dance line side to side in order to acquire more dancers. There is a very lively soundtrack that you’ll get to dance to. Along with that, there are masks that you can collect and upgrade as you play. It features ten worlds to visit, more than ten songs to dance to, and more. Good rhythm games are difficult to find and this one is worth checking out. It’s free to download if you’re interested.
AutoTools is the latest Tasker add-on app from a developer that’s made a ton of them. This one aims to extend the functionality of Tasker by making certain commands and processes easier to create. Some of the things it helps do is create toasts, use OCR, gestures, time calculations, and even Chrome Custom Tabs. Of course, Tasker is still a fairly difficult app to use, but apps like this should help make it a little easier. It’s free to download and use for now.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Batman is the latest title out of Telltale Games. It features a new, gritty Batman story that is told with the same kind of structure as most other Telltale Games titles. Your decisions in the game will affect the final outcome and most of what you’ll be doing focuses around that central narrative. It has decent graphics, semi-good controls, and it seems to play okay. Many have been complaining about release day issues so do beware of those. The game is free to download for the first episode, but you’ll have to purchase the other four when they come out.
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