Welcome to the 440th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the top headlines from the past week:
- Diablo Immortal is gaining popularity. If you are interested in giving the game a try, check out our tips and tricks guide for beginners. It’s supposed to help you get through the first few hours and walk you through some terms of the game.
- Writer Dhruv Bhutani is an avid Plex user who is unhappy with the service’s feature creep. According to Dhruv, the service is moving away from its roots and has a lot of extras that hardcore old-school Plex fans wouldn’t want. We asked our audience and many of them use Plex or have an interest in doing so. Nearly 50% of our readers are happy with Plex as it is now, but that’s a bit less than we’d expect for the service. Click on the different links to check them out.
- Netflix in a strange space. It has received a lot of barbs lately, but it is still the number one streaming service in the world. We suspect it’s the old option and people are comfortable with it. In addition, some programs like Stranger Things are really good. It’s still curious when there are other streaming services like Disney+ and Hulu and people seem less unhappy with them.
- WhatsApp may add a new feature sometime soon. The new feature allows you to reveal (or hide) your online status. Other services have this feature and have had it for a very long time. WhatsApp will play catch-up. However, we found some screenshots of this feature. There is something similar at the moment, but the screenshot shows a second part that specifically allows you to show your online status to specific people. Click on the link to find out more.
- Google’s Pixel Pass holds a lot of hope. It gives you an upgrade path for your phone every two years, 200GB storage in Google One, YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, and Google Play Pass. It’s honestly not a bad deal. Unfortunately, it’s not great to sign up for it. People with existing accounts must close them before signing up. In addition, people with family accounts do not have the option to share their account with their family. Hit the link to learn more, but we hope Google will upgrade the Pixel Pass over time.
Woice is an interesting messaging app. It allows you to send voice messages to your friends or co-workers. It is asynchronous, which means it will send the message and they will see it when checking the app. It not only tracks your conversations but also provides text versions of your messages. This means that they will be able to read your messages as well as listen to them. We don’t know if this idea has enough to become a big thing and it seems mostly geared towards professional use. However, it’s a great idea overall.
Heroes of Crown is an animated RPG with some gacha elements. That’s a lot of talk, but it basically means that the game is capable of playing by itself and all you really have to do is make the decisions. The game makes you win against monsters, bosses and other villains. It allows you to grind in the background as an idle game so you can do the previous things without having to spend a lot of time grinding manually. The game also features a PvP mode, although perhaps not the most fun thing about the game. The idle elements make you feel like you should be watching the game more than playing it, but it’s a decent casual experience for those who don’t want to try too hard.
Capsll is a different type of application. He wants you to store the memories of your life, but instead of sharing them with everyone publicly, everything remains private until you decide to share them. The video that starts when you open the app is a nice touch. The user interface is very good and straightforward. You can upload things and organize them into memories, and then you can share those memories later. It means a vault of some kind with the intent of sharing content with your children or grandchildren and not with your random friends. The free version gives you 1GB of storage space and a few other things. A subscription allows you to select the following next of kin so that your things can be transferred to them as you pass by. It’s a little expensive, but the idea is great.
Tales Noir is another new gacha game with more than 100 collectible characters that you can get hold of. It is an open world game where players explore the game world and reveal different things. Combat is a very basic hacking and slashing RPG. There is also a fictional story to play through. There are other things to do in the game as well. The different princesses you summon have different abilities so you can define your party the way you need them most often. The audio feedback is a little dry and there are some early bugs, but this is very typical of a newer game. It has a lot of potential.
Volume is a news and discovery app. It takes a bunch of topics and makes it small so you can take it up quickly. Plus, the whole experience revolves around listening rather than reading. The app features algorithm-based curated content and editors, so you’ll see what the app wants you to see. Time will tell if this is a good idea or not. You can check out the different categories to learn new things, join communities, and see stats about what you’re consuming so you can see why your algorithm is choosing what you’re choosing. There’s really nothing wrong with that, so hopefully the developers keep up the good work with this.
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