Welcome to the 283rd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- We got a glimpse of the new Pixel Themes app this week. The app is fairly basic and includes some accent color changes, home screen grid size changes, and some other stuff. It doesn’t look all that powerful, but it’s far from ready for prime time at this point. There is also font changing if you want it. Hit the link to see the screenshots!
- Disney Plus had a soft launch in the Netherlands this week. It gave us our first glimpses of the UI and available content. The app looks a bit like Netflix and includes things like a Kids-only profile and some streaming quality settings. The content includes 18 Marvel titles, various Disney movies, and some other content. Hit the link to learn more or click here to check out our Disney Plus update hub!
- Windows 10’s Your Phone app received a sizable update this week. The update lets users make phone calls and check phone battery levels directly through the app. It’s still a bit of a pain to get everything up and running. However, the new features are encouraging.
- We heard a bit more about mobile game streaming this week. Samsung’s service, GalaxyPlay Link, is available starting this week. It lets you play PC games on your Galaxy Note 10 devices through its native DeX and screen mirroring capabilities. We also received official news that Google Play Pass is a thing. We don’t have an official release date, but it is coming soon according to Google.
- Apple announced Apple TV Plus this week. It’s a video streaming service similar to Hulu, Netflix, and Disney Plus. It has some original content as well as some additional stuff as well. It’ll come pre-loaded on all iOS devices moving forward and costs $4.99 per month. It should launch November 1st unless there is a delay.
For more mobile gaming news, check out our latest Android Games Weekly!
Power Button Remapper for Note10
Price: Free / $2.99
It was inevitable that re-mapping apps would appear for the Galaxy Note 10. After all, they exist for previous version of the Note series as well as the S series. The app does basically what it says. You can use it to configure single and double tap actions on the power button to your liking. It features things like Google Assistant support, flashlight support, and you can even use it to take screenshots if you want to. The app has a few bugs here and there and it’s a bit slow, but it worked fine in our testing. We do believe $2.99 is a tad pricey compared to its competitors, but we don’t have any major complaints about this one.
Alchemy War: Clash of Magic
Price: Free to play
Alchemy War: Clash of Magic is a new real time strategy game with several interesting game modes. The base game play is your typical mobile strategy. You get troops and attack with them to conquer your enemies. The graphics are colorful and cutesy like many mobile games. However, the big draw here are the controls and the extra game modes. Unlike Clash of Clans and similar games, you control your troops so you can focus fire enemies or use various formations. Additionally, the extra game modes include tower defense and MOBA modes. It’s in beta so expect bugs, but otherwise it’s not half bad.
SHAREit is one of the most popular file transfer apps on Android. The Lite version launched this last week. The original app has a file browser replacement, the ability to send data to your own phone, and, of course, file sharing with people near you. The Lite version removes everything but the ability to share. The result is a smaller APK size and a simpler UI at the cost of some functionality. It’s a decent sharing app for those who need to send files to friends both near and far away from you. At the time of this writing, the app isn’t available in many countries, so hit the link to see if it’s available where you are.
Human Heroes Einstein’s Clock
Human Heroes Einstein’s Clock is a new kids game about time. It sounds simple, but there is actually some fairly deep stuff here. The game is narrated by an Albert Einstein character voiced by Stephen Fry. The game teaches kids how to tell time, how to read analog clocks, and some fun tidbits about time, gravity, speed, and other things that affect time. It’s entirely free with no in-app purchases, ads, or accounts. You can also play it offline whenever you want. It’s a solid kids games and Stephen Fry does a good job voicing Einstein.
Vivaldi Browser Beta
Vivaldi Browser Beta is the new mobile version of the desktop Vivaldi Browser. It was hatched from the minds of former employees of Opera employees. It’s a fairly competent browser with a bunch of little customization and functional features. The mobile version syncs with the desktop version so you can save passwords and bookmarks and such with encryption. Some of the additional features include the ability to screenshot an entire webpage, a section for taking notes, a dark mode, a download manager, and more. It’s in beta, so be prepared to leave some feedback if you see a bug or two. However, it seemed to work pretty well in our testing.
If we missed any big Android apps or games news or releases, tell us about it in the comments!