5 Android apps not to be missed this week

Welcome to the 426th edition of Android apps weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • WhatsApp had some news this week. First, WhatsApp has improved its voice messages. Playback is slightly different and you have new options like fast forward mode. Click the link to learn more. And in addition, WhatsApp experiments with larger file sizes when it comes to sharing. The service wants to improve that to up to 2 GB. This is good news for users.
  • Sony has announced a new PlayStation Plus this week and competes better with Xbox’s Game Pass. It essentially adds a new tier to the existing PlayStation Plus, which lets you do things like download and play games without paying, and it includes cloud gaming. It won’t be available in all markets at launch, but it’s coming anyway.
  • Microsoft has fixed one of the most annoying problems with Windows 11. As of this week, users with the stable version can switch their browser with one click. It used to take a lot of clicks. That’s all there is to this news. Before it was very annoying and now it’s fixed.
  • Xiaomi joins Samsung in the throttling kennel. John Poole, co-founder of Geekbench, discovered that Xiaomi throttled Geekbench when disguised as a game, but not when viewed as a benchmark. This is the same type of behavior Samsung has been exhibiting that got Samsung in hot water a few weeks ago. We hope Xiaomi will fix the problem like Samsung.
  • Many services move away from Russia after the war between Russia and Ukraine. Sanctions are currently preventing Russian developers from doing so don’t get paid, so they’re working on their own version of the Play Store. The new App Store appears to be launching on May 9th this year, so work is progressing rapidly.

Tamashi: Rise of Yokai

Price: Play for free

Tamashi: Rise of Yokai is an anime-themed MMOARPG. This one has a lot to do. There is the usual storyline with various quests. There are also a few PvP modes so you can compete against other players. The graphics are good, the controls are decent even if the buttons are a bit small, and it worked pretty well. However, there are some complaints. The in-app purchases help you excel in PvP play, so there’s a pay-to-win element. Also, the game progresses so fast that the progress doesn’t feel very good. It definitely needs some tweaking, but it does have some potential.


range of Autodesk

Price: For free

Area of ​​Autodesk Screenshot 2022

Area by Autodesk is a kind of social network for 3D artists. You download the app, create a profile, and start sharing your work with other creators. Of course, you can also just create an account and browse. It’s a decent place to store your 3D portfolio as it’s specifically designed for that purpose. It also offers some learning materials that people can use to further improve their craft. This won’t be more than a niche app, but it works well for what it does.


Weapons highly mobile

Price: Play for free

Guns Up Mobile is a PvP tower defense game. Players build their defenses and defend against enemy attacks. Players build their defenses and armies at the same time. You probably know the gameplay from there. Everything can be upgraded so the gameplay loop consists of attack, defense and upgrade. You can also join alliances with other players to compete for leaderboard placement as well. It’s a bit slow as you progress through the upgrades, but otherwise this has the makings of a decent time killer.


symphony

Price: Free / $3.99

Symfonium screenshot 2022

Symfonium is a lightweight music player with some really nice features. Not only does it play local music, but it also works with a variety of self-hosted services like Subsonic, Plex, Emby, and more. So it’s actually a nice all-in-one solution for people who want to use a specific service, but the mobile app for that service isn’t great. As a music player, Symfonium is pretty good. It’s one of those music players that will get you there without any complaints, and it’s easy to use. It also has Material You, so it’s good in the themes section too.


M&M’s adventures

Price: Play for free

M&M’s Adventure is the latest simple arcade game with a well-known brand. At its core, it’s a match-three puzzle game. You tap the matching candies to clear the board, and once you’ve cleared that many, the level ends. There’s a three-star system based on how few moves you can complete that generates the replay value. There are also regular challenges to complete, items to collect, and more. It’s kid friendly, just make sure you have a password for your Google Play account as this game contains microtransactions.


If we’ve missed any big news or releases about Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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