Welcome to the 178th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- The latest Humble Bundle is now live! This time around it’ll feature tons and tons of RPGs. Some of the games include Evoland, Doom & Destiny, Shadowrun Returns, Star Wars: KOTOR, and more. You can pay what you want and get three games, beat the average to get four additional games, or pay the flat $6 to get every game in the bundle. Some of these are awesome RPGs and there are enough games here to last you a year.
- Mozilla announced this week that half of its staff were being laid off. They have also decided to redirect their focus to Internet of Things technology. Some have also reported that Mozilla will begin looking into AR and VR technology as well. We also hope that their browser gets some love. It’s a rough day for about 50 people, but we hope that it leads to better things going forward.
- Hatch had some big announcements this week. Their mobile game streaming service will offer over 90 games on its service for free. Some of the games include Alto’s Adventure, Evoland, and others. For those who don’t know, Hatch is a spin-off from Rovio. Their premise is to create a game streaming service for mobile games. It’ll have no in-app purchases or anything like that. They’ll also have a paid version of the service but we don’t know much about it yet.
- Google Now Launcher will be removed from the Google Play Store by the end of March. Additionally, GMS partners won’t be able to pre-package the launcher on their devices. A recent update allows third party launchers to integrate the Google Now panel directly on their launchers. Thus, Google Now Launcher is apparently no longer necessary. At least according to Google. We thought it was great. We do have a list of alternatives if anyone is interested.
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LEGO Life is a community app for LEGO fans. The idea is that boys and girls can join up, check out LEGO stuff, and communicate with one another. The app comes with LEGO videos, information about various sets and games, and all kinds of other stuff. You can also share photos and updates about what you’re doing in the world of LEGO. The target audience are kids ages five to teen. It’s also completely free to download and use although there are some bugs that need fixed. There are no in-app purchases
A Boy and His Blob is a remake of the original NES game of the same name. Aside from the graphical remaster, the game is the same as it always was. The world is threatened by an evil emperor. Your job is to stop that from happening. It’s a classic platformer. The controls are smooth, the graphics are colorful, and there are plenty of puzzles and challenges to overcome. Of course, you’ll have your blob friend to help you out. It’s $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
Camarada VR Camera is something a little bit different. You can use this app to link smartphones together to create your own VR camera rig. It also includes a single user mode that lets you record a video. The app then tries to render it into a VR video for your enjoyment. It then has a dual phone mode that lets you capture stereoscopic 3D videos. It’s a bit challenging to use and it’s also new. Between the bugs and the new landscape, you may run into a few issues here and there. Thankfully, the app is completely free. It won’t cost you anything to check it out.
Good Dogs is a new infinite runner about dogs. It was made by Fourthwall along with the popular Twitter account WeRateDogs. The game has a simple premise. Your run through a dog park and try to avoid obstacles. When you lose, you’ll be rated based on your performance. It includes seven dogs to unlock, some customizations, and the developers promised a different park to run through every month. It’s a fun little time waster for dog fans. It’s free to download and play. The in-app purchases are just little customizations that you can unlock with money.
Email by EasilyDo is a new and simple email app. It boasts a simple, no frills interface that puts nothing between you and your email. It also has an assistant built-in that tries to help you organize and find important emails. Aside from that, it supports a variety of account types, real-time notifications for things like package tracking and flight info (if you have those emails), and you can unsubscribe from junk mail quickly. The only downside is the app is still in beta so there will be some bugs here and there. It’s otherwise completely free.
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