5 Android apps you can’t miss this week

Welcome to the 438th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:

  • Gaming Chromebooks are apparently on the way from Lenovo and HP. They will even include some gaming features such as RGB keyboard support and other stuff. However, it seems that the primary purpose of these Chromebooks is game streaming rather than direct gaming. Reports say they will come with Stadia installed out of the box with access to Nvidia GeForce Now game streaming. Click on the link to find out more.
  • Google’s password manager can now be used directly from your home screen. Basically, you just need to open the password manager, tap the Settings cogwheel, and add it to your home screen. It will add an icon to your home screen that you can use to access your passwords much faster. Here’s a handy guide in case you want step-by-step instructions.
  • Twitter’s board has already approved the takeover of Elon Musk. However, Musk is delaying the sale. This week, we uncovered a few reasons why that might be. The problem of fake accounts is one we already know. In addition, arranging financing and obtaining shareholder approval are still hurdles. A shareholder vote is scheduled for late July or early August.
  • Samsung Pay morphed into Samsung Wallet this week and with that comes good news and bad news. We’ll talk more about the new features later, but one downside is that it no longer works on non-Samsung devices. People without a Samsung phone can’t install it and even if they can, it doesn’t work anymore. It is kind of a shame.
  • Telegram Premium was officially launched this week and that’s a big deal. It costs between $5 and $6 per month and includes new features. The premium version comes with up to 4GB download size, up to 1000 channels, voice-to-text conversion, faster download speeds, no ads, and more. It is still perfectly usable for free. Click on the link to find out more.

Bloodline: Heroes of Lithas

Price: free to play

Bloodline: Heroes of Lithas is a mobile RPG and part strategy game. The goal is to become a successful leader of a town while exploring the world and defeating evil. It features a huge number of character races and lots of places to explore and discover. You will also be in charge of rebuilding a city and expanding it. There is also a story to play and the graphics are pretty decent. It was a little rocky to launch and the combat mechanics feel a bit like an idle game, but we’re sure it will find its way over time.


Health Connect by Android

Price: Free

Screenshot of Health Connect by Android

Health Connect is a new app from Google. It aims to share data between your various health, fitness and digital wellbeing applications while remaining private. It stores all your data in one place and should work with most mainstream apps. Personally, I only use Fitbit, but it worked pretty well. The user interface is very clean and easy to use. This should work fine for the most part, and we look forward to better support later.


pettiness

Price: free to play

Petness is a pet grooming simulation game. Pets come into your store and you groom them within a certain time. This earns you stars for each level. They will get up and move around to make things a little more difficult for you. The game also includes booster packs to make things easier, a story to play, and some extras to collect. It’s not a super serious or deep game. It’s also reasonably family-friendly with a bunch of cute animals. It’s something you would play if you like games like Candy Crush or a restaurant simulator.


Samsung Wallet

Price: Free

Screenshot Samsung Pay 2022

Samsung started rolling out its Samsung Wallet app last week. It still goes through Samsung Pay in the Play Store, but when I tried it on my S22, the UI says it’s Samsung Wallet. The new Samsung Wallet works like the old Samsung Pay, except it now stores ID cards, boarding passes, digital keys (if your car supports it), vaccination records, and more. In terms of usability, everything works the same. The tap-to-pay still works and everything seems to be in order. The only downside is that it no longer works on non-Samsung phones.


Disney’s Mirror Universe

Price: free to play

Disney Mirrorverse is another new mobile RPG, except this one is an action RPG. It features both Disney and Pixar characters in an original story. Each character you unlock has its own set of spells, skills, and abilities to help you get through it all. It’s one of the most proficient western gachas we’ve played and it has a lot of potential. The only issues are a few sometimes janky on-screen controls and the game’s UI isn’t the most visually appealing. Hopefully the developers will improve these elements over time.


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