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

Welcome to the 154th episode of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Verizon’s urge to pester their customers seems to be reaching new heights this week because a new report talked about Verizon’s new brandware program. The idea is that app and game developers can pay Verizon an exorbitant amount of money and their apps will be downloaded by Android phones on Verizon’s network when that phone gets booted for the first time. It’s no small wonder that people are buying unlocked phones in greater numbers.
  • It was announced this week that a hallmark feature of Google+ was leaving. Hangouts On Air is officially being moved to YouTube where it will become part of the YouTube Live experience. This is yet another big feature ripped out of the social network that people weren’t really using anymore. That’s probably because the lack of reverse-chronological order made it impossible to plan a Hangouts On Air. This also comes on the heels of Google removing the requirement to have a Google+ account to post user reviews on Google Play.
  • Snapchat purchased a company called Vurb for $110 million this last week. The deal is for 75% in stocks and 25% in cash. Vurb is a search application that tries to show you local stuff based on your location, reviews, and whatever else they can pull from sites like Yelp. No one’s really sure why Snapchat purchased the company, but the popular rationale is that Snapchat’s search function sucks and that they intend to improve it. We’ll see how that works out. It’s worth noting that Vurb won Tech Crunch Disrupt in New York back in 2014.
  • Google Play made a significant move this week by releasing truly separate top charts for apps and games. Previously, you could see top charts for apps and games, but the apps section was essentially an ad hoc game section with a smattering of apps. Now, both sides are completely separate so you can find apps or games instead of just games. This is great news and something that should have happened years ago. The update is rolling out now so everyone should have it eventually.
  • With Duo released and Allo on the way, the big question has been what Google will do with Google Hangouts. A report this week indicated that Hangouts will continue to stick around after the release of the new chat apps, but will become more focused on business use over time. We imagine that means that the service will be stripped of the more consumer based features with business features added in later. At least it’ll still be around.

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It’s A Space Thing

[Price: Free]
It’s A Space Thing is a completely free game that was released this last week. It’s an arcade shooter where you play on the ground and match wits with an opponent in the air. The controls and mechanics are simple to understand but you’ll have to have some decent reflexes in order to win each round. It comes with a few boss battles, power ups, and even a local multiplayer mode where you and a friend can play on the same device. It’s all entirely free, so don’t expect the very best, but it’s still not bad.

Download now on Google Play!

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