Don’t Miss These 5 Must-Have Android Apps This Week

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Welcome to the 518th edition of Android Apps Weekly, where we discuss the latest in mobile news and take a closer look at some of the most interesting new apps and games. Let’s jump right in and take a look at some of the biggest highlights from the last week:

item1. Google has started testing and implementing a variety of modifications to its products and services in Europe as a reaction to the EU’s updated Digital Markets Act, which takes effect this March. These changes will impact Android, Search, Chrome, and many other utilities.
item2. The Android version of X (aka Twitter) has finally integrated support for audio and video calls. Even though this feature was initially introduced to iOS several months ago, a Twitter employee has now confirmed that the Android version is rolling out the function.
item3. Major changes are on the way to Messenger soon. An analysis of the Messages app suggests that users will be able to initiate RCS chats with Bard, potentially opening the door to including Bard in conversations with other users. Users will also be able to utilize Bard to draft messages, translate languages, identify images, and more. Although these changes are still a bit far off, Google has also commenced widespread implementation of three Google Message features that were previously in beta: Magic Compose, Photomoji, and Voice Moods.
item4. Samsung is separating SmartThings Find into its own new app called Samsung Find, and it is only compatible with One UI 6.1 for the new Samsung Galaxy S24.
item5. Google Lens is introducing a new AI feature called Multisearch to the app. Essentially, users will now be able to conduct searches with both text and images simultaneously.

Android Apps Weekly: New apps and games

Looking for some new Android apps and Android games to keep you occupied? This week we have four new games to highlight, and one new app as well. 

Methods: Detective Competition

The mobile version of Methodology: Detecting Competitions has been available on Steam and various other platforms for a number of years, and it is finally making its way to Android. This visual novel game serves as the first chapter in an extensive series, allowing users to examine evidence and respond to multiple-choice questions in an effort to solve complex criminal challenges. The storyline revolves around a large-scale competition between one hundred detectives to unravel the secrets of crimes engineered by some of the world’s most notorious criminals. 

AEW: Rise to the Top

  • Cost: Free with in-app purchases

This new game immerses players in the world of AEW wrestling, allowing them to tour with major wrestlers, engage in battles, and vie for championship titles. Players can even compete against classic AEW adversaries and construct their own storylines. Though my initial experience with the game was limited to about fifteen minutes or so, it appears to be quite entertaining, although I did encounter an initial bug that caused the game to crash. On the second attempt, I did not experience any issues. While this title may not offer great depth, it still provides a fun diversion for wrestling enthusiasts.

Soul Strike! Idle RPG

  • Cost: Free with in-app purchase

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Yes, there is another IDLE RPG game, although it has been a while since I have had to suggest one. This game provides an entertaining experience, although it doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking. Players slay hordes of monsters in this roguelike game, and while they can take certain actions to enhance their character’s attacks and abilities, it is not necessary. Like any idle RPG, the game will continue to function perfectly well without player intervention. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but these types of games are actually quite popular, and this one has received positive ratings so far.

Fantasy Tales: Sword and Magic

  • Cost: Free with in-app purchases

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