5 Android apps you can’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

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Welcome to the 434th edition of Weekly Android Apps. Here are the headlines from the past week:

  • Google TV is rolling out profiles for real this time. Google has launched this initiative several times. This time it seems legit. Profiles allow users to maintain their own preferences on a Google TV so there’s no argument about how things are set up. Click on the link to find out more.
  • You can see more apps with snore and cough detection. Google is currently working on such capabilities on Android. The information was discovered in an APK teardown of the Google Health Studies app. The goal is obviously to help people sleep better.
  • Google Assistant has arrived on the Galaxy Watch 4 this week after a long delay. Galaxy Watch 4 users can simply go to the Play Store on their watch and install it like any other app. We’d have thought it would drop sooner since Samsung and Google worked together on the watch, but better late than never.
  • Google Photos rolled out an update this week. The new update includes Real Tone filters that we first heard about at Google I/O 2022. Real Tone filters help better correct skin tone in people of color and it’s a welcome change for the platform. It is also available for the iOS version in case anyone is curious.
  • Android apps on Windows 11 deployed in five other countries this week. They include France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. This should greatly increase the number of people who can use the new feature. It’s running as cleanly as many hoped, but it’s nice to see Microsoft making progress.

Black Catalyst

Price: free to play

Catalyst Black is a third-person shooter and MOBA game from Super Evil Megacorp, the developers of Vainglory. It’s a pretty standard experience for a mobile game. There are several different game modes, various weapons and gear to level up, and you can play with (or against) your friends. It’s primarily an online PvP experience, so you’re usually battling other players for supremacy. Luckily, there are also PvE elements so you can take a break when needed. The mechanics are pretty clean and the game ran well on our test devices. You can buy your way to an advantage, however, and that’s never a good thing for players.

Roku TV remote control

Price: Free / $4.49

2022 Roku TV Screenshot Remote Control

The Remote for Roku TV is a third-party remote for, well, Roku TVs. It works quite well. You can do basic things like navigate the UI, change the volume, and control playback with the play and pause buttons. It also allows you to stream images, videos, and audio to the TV through the app. It even lets you mirror screen to your Roku TV and we really like that. It’s pretty new, so it’s largely untested with all Roku TVs. It may work better or worse for some.

Streets of rage 4

Price: $7.99

Streets of Rage 4 is the latest game from Playdigious, developers of Dead Cells, Evoland 1 and 2, Teslagrad and others. This game is a mobile remaster of the classic 1990s game. It is a side-scrolling beat ’em up game where you complete levels by defeating opponents and bosses without being defeated yourself. This variant includes new characters, 12 stages, a few different game modes, and a Mr. X Nightmare DLC that adds a few other things. Honestly, we don’t see a lot of beat ’em ups these days and it’s not only a great recreation, but it’s still a fun game. The only issue we encountered was some crashes on startup, but that goes away once you get into the game.

Screenshot Duolingo ABC 2022

Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning apps of all time. Duolingo ABC is a learning app for kids. It helps teach them to read. Duolingo claims it improves literacy rates by 28% in as little as nine weeks, but that usually depends on the child. It is aimed at children aged three to eight and teaches them things like letters, spelling and pronunciation using mini-games and storytelling. It offers a total of 700 lessons. It’s a powerful app in a space where we don’t see many powerful apps.

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds

Price: free to play

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds is a mobile gacha game from Netmarble. It’s actually not that bad. The art style and animation are taken straight from the Ni no Kuni games and you’ll even find some familiar music if you’ve played it before. It’s an action RPG where you travel the world, experience the story and defeat the bad guys. We appreciate a good RPG in the open world. In terms of gachas, it’s pretty standard. Time will tell if Netmarble is free player friendly or not. The only other complaint is that the auto-battle system makes the game a bit boring. It’s really fun to watch, though.

If we missed any important news or releases of Android apps or games, let us know in the comments.
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