Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

Welcome to issue 452 of Android Apps Weekly. These are the big headlines of the last week:

  • We wish Firefox a happy birthday this week. The famous browser turned 20 on September 23. Click the link to see what we had to say about it.
  • We also rounded up the best new Android apps and games of the last month. Loyal subscribers and readers already know all of these since we covered them, but you can also click the links to see them.
  • Google Search will add a new forums and discussions feature in the near future. The new feature will crawl sites like Reddit or official product forums to get answers to the questions you’re looking for. Google announced the change after learning that many people simply add the word “Reddit” to Google searches to avoid websites and go straight to forums.
  • Intel is working on a new app for Android and Windows PCs. The app would work similar to Microsoft’s Your Phone app, where you can connect your Android and Windows devices. It is expected to launch with Intel 12th generation systems in 2023.
  • Google quietly expanded Game Dashboard to more devices this week. It’s only for a few additional Pixel devices, but it’s a step forward. We think Game Dashboard will come to non-Google devices in the future, but for now, it’s good to see it rolling out to more phones.
  • Google Wallet was throwing some bugs last week. The app told people that their phone was running uncertified software. That’s usually the nomenclature for when an app thinks your phone is rooted. Google’s security systems are almost certainly overreacting, and the problem should be fixed soon if it hasn’t already.

Buy Heroes Legends

Price: free to play

Shop Heroes Legends bills itself as an idle simulation tycoon RPG. It’s quite a mouthful, and it’s also not as exciting as it sounds. The main loop of the game is a classic idle game, where you build resources over time, even when you’re not playing. Next, decide how to spend the resources. The game features over 500 blueprints for you to craft, various workers to hire to make things go faster, and skills to make things even better. The game is not bad for an idle game when it works. Unfortunately, the developer shipped it with some bugs that prevent some features of the game. Obviously we expect the developers to fix it over time, so keep this on your radar if you like idle games.

Railroad 2022 Screenshot

Railway is a new crypto wallet that uses the Railgun privacy protocol. It allows you to perform Defi activities on the Ethereum blockchain while also hiding it from Etherscan and other similar tools. Aside from the privacy features; the app acts as a normal crypto wallet. You can send and receive tokens, use apps within the main app, and more. To be honest, I don’t have Ethereum, so I couldn’t test all the features. In any case, it’s free, open source, and definitely a good idea.

bubble shooter kingdom

Price: free to play

Screenshot of Bubble Shooter Kingdom 2022

Bubble Shooter Kingdom is a new bubble shooter game. It uses the same old mechanic where you shoot bubbles and try to match colors to remove them from the board. As you progress, you unlock various things that you use to decorate your home in the game, which is a castle. The game also offers pets, multiple areas to decorate, special events, and is played offline. It works pretty well for a bubble shooter, and there aren’t too many in-app purchases or ads to get in the way. It’s a pretty relaxed experience overall.

official nba app

Price: Free / $99.99-$129.99 per year

NBA 2022 screenshot

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

The NBA relaunched its official application and it has a completely new experience. The UI takes a social media style approach where you see things in infinite scroll, similar to Instagram. It still has the usual stuff like highlights, scores, stats, news, recaps, and rankings. It’s really just the way it’s presented in the app that has changed. It’s also still home to NBA TV, the annual subscription service that lets you watch live basketball games. We think it’s more optimized than the previous app and should work better overall once it’s matured a bit.

Desta: The memories between and Oxenfree

Price: free to play

Desta: The Memories Between (linked on the button below) and Oxenfree (Google Play) launched this week as part of the Netflix Games platform. We don’t usually cover such releases, but they are actually two excellent games. Desta: The Memories Between is a roguelike that mixes sports with combat and a story that takes place in a dream world. Oxenfree is a suspense game in which you explore a haunted island in search of clues about its origins. Both games are usually premium titles, but you can play them for free with a Netflix subscription. Netflix subscribers should check them out. they are pretty good

If we missed any big news or Android app or game releases, let us know in the comments.
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