Welcome to version 430 of Android weekly apps. Here are the top headlines from the past week:
- A report circulated this week outlines Elon Musk’s alleged ideas to increase Twitter revenue. Among the ideas are monetizing tweets, increasing celebrity engagement, and lowering the salaries of high-ranking CEOs. It was apparently part of his attempt to buy Twitter. We don’t know how useful a lot of this stuff is, but you can click on the link to learn more about it.
- Google gives people more power To remove personally identifiable information from the web. This week, Google gave people the ability to request that phone numbers, email addresses, and physical addresses be removed from Google search results. Google processes the requests within a few days and your information should be gone. We love this move so much and recommend that people do.
- Last week we talked about stopping the disaster that was CNN Plus. It turned out to be worse than we thought because It was actually closed two days ago. It was scheduled to close on April 30, but closed on April 28 instead. It’s one of the worst streaming service launches ever and compares a lot to Quibi.
- Many major technology companies They were tricked into giving out personal data to hackers. The process is a bit complicated. However, the short version is that the hackers pretended to be a legitimate company and made fake legal requests. Big tech companies responded and provided the data. Google, Apple, Twitter, Discord, and many others are included. Click on the link to find out more.
- Google Play Store now shows you How apps collect and share your data. Including this data is 100% mandatory for app developers starting July 20, 2022. The information includes what data is collected, how it is used, the third parties with whom you share it, and many other data. You should see this rolled out in the coming weeks.
Phantom is a crypto wallet that was originally for desktop browsers. The company launched Android and iOS apps two weeks ago. The app features many of the same features as the wallet itself, including fast transactions, low fees, and Solana DAPPs for increased functionality. As an app, it’s not terrible but it definitely still needs some improvements. It tends to load slowly and sometimes becomes unresponsive. However, it should be a little tweaking here and there and the app is very useful. People who already use Phantom should check this out.
Seven Deadly Sins X-Tassi
price: Free to play
Seven Mortal Sins X-Tasy is an animated JRPG with the usual gacha elements. Play through the story as you summon and upgrade your units. Some of the other game features include voice actors, the story has unique reactions based on player decisions, and hidden stories for your characters to unlock and play. The honeymoon stage is completely free to play, although the mill will catch up with you eventually. It is definitely one of the best options for this genre in recent memory.
Mastodon is a decentralized social network somewhat similar to Google+ and Twitter mixed together. The service launched its official Android app last week, no doubt in response to Musk’s purchase of Twitter. The app is apt because it’s very new. You can join different communities, post your ideas, post polls, get notifications, and more. There are some growing pains. For example, it’s hard to switch states without having to log in multiple times and there are some other UI/UX issues that we hope the developers will work on soon.
Echoes of mana
Echoes of Mana is the latest gacha RPG from Square Enix. This game is about the current Mana series. It plays like many Square Enix games where you can summon new and old characters from the Mana series, play through a story, and enjoy a bit of nostalgia mixed with a bit of modernity. This is a little more aggressive in terms of microtransactions than most Square Enix gachas and some of the gameplay is a little anomaly on minimal hardware, but Square Enix will continue to improve in the long run so keep an eye on this.
Nothing, the company launched the Nothing Launcher as a publicity stunt to market its upcoming phone. The launcher is what will run on the new device. Cute little launcher. There are some widgets, a unique wallpaper, and some customization options. However, it’s very nice and basic, so don’t expect this to take the place of apps like Nova Launcher anytime soon. However, we’ve seen OEMs upgrade and upgrade their launchers before with great success, so we’re not going to count this one out yet.
If we missed any great Android app, news or big game releases, tell us about it in the comments.
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