5 Android apps you can’t miss this week

Welcome to the 417th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:

  • Android has a lot of really cool gestures. We’ve collected over 40 of them in this article and it’s paired with a video to show you most of them. Our hope was to have cool gestures that you might not know about. Click the link and watch the video to learn more.
  • WhatsApp makes switching from Android to iOS easy. The reverse is already quite easy to do. We saw screenshots this week showing that the company is readying the feature and that it should be rolling out sooner rather than later. The screenshots were from the beta version of the iOS app (version 22.2.74), so it’s very close to being finished.
  • Android skins aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but some people like them. One flaw is that it’s not always easy to understand all the unique characteristics of your skin. We wrote a comment here where we talk about how OEM skin developers should have an app that directs users to the unique features and that’s pretty good.
  • Google is sued again. This time it’s to track people even if they have location tracking turned off. The lawsuit alleges that Google continued to track people even after telling them that disabling location tracking would stop the behavior. You can read more about the lawsuit from the link.
  • Microsoft has finally released a timeline for Android app support on Windows 11. The company says the feature will arrive sometime in February. This will be a sort of public preview, so it won’t be the full rollout. However, it was about time it happened as it was one of the main features of the new operating system. Click on the link to find out more.

ChocoboGP

Price: To free

Screenshot ChocoboGP 2022

ChocoboGP is an arcade game from Square Enix and it’s not very good if you don’t adjust your expectations. It’s little more than a publicity stunt to announce the real Chocobo CP game coming in 2022. The mobile version has two controls. Players use them to complete levels as quickly as possible. The game also includes leaderboards, character customization, and obstacles to move around. This game isn’t deep and it doesn’t feel good unless you’re playing it for its intended purpose which kills short periods of time.


Smart Redial

Price: Free / Up to $3.49

Screenshot SmartRedial 2022

SmartRedial is a niche application. It basically allows you to redial a phone number if the connection is busy until you are connected. It automatically redials the number once you set it and it will dial, wait for an answer, then redial the number if someone doesn’t answer. The app shows you the redial history so you can see how boring you were and you can customize the app to some extent. For example, you can change the number of redial attempts before giving up and trying again later. It’s good for what it does, but we don’t see a ton of people needing an app like this.


Headquarters: Apocalypse

Price: free to play

Seige: Apocalypse is a card-based strategy game. It plays like many other strategy games where you put units on the field and fight. You simply put the units into the field with cards instead of the usual means. The game features PvP duels, various cards to collect and upgrade, alliances, leaderboards, and a PvE mode where you can practice your strategies before jumping into PvP. Unfortunately, the game relies heavily on its PvP, and so far the meta is pretty balanced.

The game has a lower Google Play rating because its initial launch had a crashing issue as well as connection issues. The developers are working on it, but it might take a week or two to get it right.

Screenshot Pointz 2022

Pointz is a really great idea that needs time to develop. Basically, it shows you maps for bikes, scooters, skateboarders, etc. Routes are growing as users add additional data in more places. Like most crowdsourced apps, the preview release doesn’t contain a ton of data. The hope is that new users will help develop the maps even further. Google Maps already has a feature like this, but the developers are hoping for better alternative routes from the bike-rich Google Maps.


The office: somehow we made it

Price: free to play

The Office: Somehow We Manage launched from pre-registration this week. It’s a fairly typical idle game in terms of mechanics. However, the game adds humor and characters from The Office through the use of comic book-style cut scenes. The hope is that the humor makes up for the lack of originality in the gameplay mechanics. There are multiple currencies and the game relies a bit on in-app purchases as you would expect. It’s a fun game and it has solid gameplay, but some may be frustrated by the in-app purchases.


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