Welcome to the 436th edition of Weekly Android Apps. Here are the headlines from the past week:
- We asked our readers if they still store music on their phones locally. It turns out that nearly 70% of our readership still listens to music without streaming it. A few of our readers have shared their stories of losing their huge collections and just giving up or streaming being cheaper than buying. However, some people also talk about their rare collection of things that you can no longer easily find.
- File transfers on Android are much better than before, but they can still be quite an irritating experience. Our writer, Dhruv Bhutani, talked about how he moves File system limitations of Android with the use of know-how and applications. Click on the link to find out more.
- We did another reader poll this week ask people how they watch new TV shows. Most of our readers watch TV in all sorts of ways, but others still try to catch TV shows while they’re on the air or wait until the end of the season to binge watch. You can click the link to check it.
- Google launched Android 13 beta 3 last week. This is the first beta to reach the platform stability milestone. Betas should have minor changes until the final release. Platform Stability is where Google stops adding new stuff, so app developers have time to update their apps for the official launch of Android 13. You should see the App developers are releasing updates to support Android 13 from now on officially.
- Netflix is rumored to be in talks to buy Roku. That would be a big deal since Roku is one of the big three set-top box operating systems. However, both companies are currently struggling and a merger could help them both. This is only at the rumor stage, so we’ll keep an eye on it and let you know if anything changes.
Price: Free / Up to $4.99
Music Pro is a new app from Sony, and it’s specifically for Sony phones. In fact, it does not play music as its name suggests. Instead, it’s primarily for recording audio files. It’s ok for a recorder and you get a nice waveform animation when you do it. The hallmark of this one is the ability to monitor you while you record if you’re using wired headphones. There are also adjustment functions to help you get better sound from your recordings, but this is a premium feature. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Sony phone so I couldn’t test this one out, but it looks simple enough.
MU Origin 3
Price: free to play
MU Origin 3 is a new MMORPG and the second to launch in two weeks, Diablo Immortal being the other. This one has three customizable classes, which are basically melee, ranged, and magic. It also features an open world, cross-server PvP, tons of loot, and other MMORPG staples like flying. It’s a fairly simple MMORPG experience, but it does all the usual MMORPG stuff solidly. It has a lot of confusing menus at first, and autoplay isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It has its ups and downs, but it should be pretty popular for a little while.
Super Notes is a note-taking app with a user interface reminiscent of Google Keep. You get the main screen with your notes in different colors. It also supports lists, images, rich text, a night mode, and more. You can lock this app with your fingerprint to protect yourself from prying eyes. Additionally, you can export notes to PDF or TXT files if you wish. It costs $5.99 upfront, but has no ads or in-app purchases. Overall, it’s pretty good if you need that extra level of privacy, but other note-taking apps track pretty well.
A business story
Price: free to play
A Story of A Company is the latest game from Buff Studios, developers of Underworld Office and Buff Knight. This one is a visual novel game similar to Underworld Office. You follow the story of the everyday life of a group of hybrid humans and animals in their completely normal office environment. There’s no real mechanics, but it’s indicative of the genre as a whole. You mostly read the story, make decisions, and have fun until the end. There are multiple endings, epilogues, and achievements for the player. It’s a pretty cool game overall, and Buff Studios makes a pretty good visual novel overall.
Microsoft Lists is a productivity tool for people who use Office 365 for work. It lets you manage your work, track information, and stay organized. It’s similar to things like Asana or Basecamp, but on a smaller scale. The app comes with various templates to help you quickly create items, collaborative features to include colleagues, and integrations with other Microsoft products. Much of the negative feedback stems from the fact that it’s not a note-taking app or a list app, despite the name. However, it works well enough assuming your work uses Office 365.
If we missed any great Android app or game releases, let us know in the comments.
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