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#51 January 24, 2016
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The future of Link Bubble, return of the mobile Humble Bundle! - Android Apps Weekly
Sponsored by: justAnote
This week's episode of the Android Apps Weekly show is sponsored by justAnote. This is a simple note taking application that works in tandem with your dialer app so you can take quick notes after any phone call. Just place your call as normal and when you're done, the app should open right up so you can jot down notes if need be.
Notes can be done with text or with your voice by pressing down on the mic icon and talking. You can also customize the theme of your notes and the whole thing is wrapped up in beautifully done Material Design. You can also add phone call notes to your calendar for quick reminders, manage your call logs, and more. It's also available in eight languages! It's great for never forgetting what your phone call was about ever again. Give it a shot and show your support for the Android Apps Weekly show!
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Android Apps you shouldn't miss this week
Loot and Legends
Loot and Legends is a goofy game where you find loot, legends, and pizza!
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Mimicker Alarm
Mimicker Alarm is a new application by Microsoft that makes you play games to turn it off.
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Crashlands
Crashlands is an action adventure game where you collect, craft, and kill. A lot.
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LEGO The Lord of the Rings
LEGO The Lord of the Rings is a hack and slash adventure game that combines LEGO with LotR. 
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Kickstarter
After a long wait, the king of crowdfunding has finally released an official application to the Google Play Store. It's pretty good, too.
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Headlines this week
  • The Google Play Store is once again giving folks rentals for up to 75% off. With this, you can rent a single movie for up to 75% off so if there's a title you've always wanted to watch, this is a great way to do it. This is likely to promote the video streaming side of the Play Store and you can take advantage of this rental until March 31st. 
  • Udacity and Google have had a healthy relelationship with a bunch of free learning courses on Udacity from Google. There is a new course now available that teaches you about deep learning, which is a type of training you give to artificial intelligence to teach it to process information a certain way. Like all of Google's courses on Udacity, this one will also be free.
  • WhatsApp has had an interesting week. First, it was announced that WhatsApp will be dropping their yearly subscription charge. Now, it has been revealed that WhatsApp will begin sharing details about its users with Facebook in order to, and I quote, "improve Facebook experiences". We suppose it was only a matter of time before this happened and you'll have a whole new terms of service to read as well.
  • App Annie released their retrospective piece about how well the Apple App Store and Google Play did in 2015. The numbers are encouraging as both received higher revenue than any year before, but as per the norm, Apple leads in revenue while Android leads in app downloads. It'll be interesting to see how this changes if Google can get into China in 2016.
  • A while back, renowned indie developer Chris Lacy sold Link Bubble and Tap Path to an unknown entity that would be revealed later. Later is right now. The company is called Brave Software and Lacy's apps are being used as framework for a browser that will pay you for the advertising you see. The idea is to get rid of large, annoying ads and replace them with ads that don't compromise the experience, but also doesn't screw over publishers like ad block does. We'll see how that turns out.
  • Uber has announced plans to do a new service called UberEats. The idea is to deliver food to hungry patrons using the same kind of mechanics that Uber already uses for their ride sharing service. Ordering on UberEats will cost you $5 for the delivery charge. It'll be released in 10 US cities to start and I guess we'll see how it goes.
  • FOX Sports and NextVR are teaming up to bring people live boxing matches in full blown VR. The app is free to download through NextVR's website and the first match was on January 23rd in the fight Danny "Swift" Garcia and Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero. 
  • Glu Mobile has announced a new game that is going to star renowned chef Gordon Ramsey. This would exist in much the same realm as the Kim Kardashian game which was also developed by Glu. We don't know what it'll entail yet but we do know that it's coming.
  • Roadhouse Interactive, developers of the popular Warhammer 40,000: Carnage game, has announced that they're working on an Iron Maiden game. This isn't the first time a metal band has done a mobile game with Avenged Sevenfold beating them to the punch, but it should be pretty interesting.
  • The latest Humble Bundle is now live! After announcing that the mobile exclusive ones would be discontinued, a new Humble Bundle materialized out of nowhere and we couldn't be happier. This one has a few Pac-Man games, Puzzle Quest 2, Flight Control, and a few other games. You get three games for a buck and every game in the bundle if you pay more than $5.
  • Last week, we talked about how Netflix was going to clamp down on VPN and proxy access. We just wanted to give you an update to let you know that it's now in effect.
  • In this week's Android Customization post, Feisty talks about using Xposed, Amplify, and Greenify to improve your device's battery life!
App Updates this week
  • SwiftKey is preparing to launch an update that will include a new thing called SwiftKey stats. This gives you an insight to your most used words, emojis, and vocabulary size. It's available in the beta right now and we don't know when it'll come out on the normal one so keep an eye out!
  • Google Search and Google Now are getting backend updates this week that will showcase a brand new weather experience. Now, when you search for weather, you'll get a full page's worth of information and it looks really good.
  • An update to Google+ has added in support for Chrome Custom Tabs. It's rolling out so not everyone will have it yet and the update should help pages load faster from link clicks in Google+.
  • According to one very lucky user on Reddit, Facebook Messenger may be getting a big Material Design update in the near future. He received the update from a server-side update and took a bunch of screenshots. If this is happening, we won't know about it until it releases to the public.
  • Starting next month, CyanogenMod and CyanogenOS devices will no longer have WhisperPush support. This is due to technical issues that Cyanogen has been very quiet about but this is happening nevertheless. They recommend people download Signal Private Messenger instead in order to keep sending encrypted texts and phone calls. 
  • Starbucks has released a "Sound of Starbucks" update to their official app. This adds integration for Spotify in a shared capacity. People can listen to the music played in Starbucks stores and Starbucks gets to see which music their customers love. It's fun and it's unique.
  • Pocket Casts continues to be the best podcast app ever with a recent update that includes new features for Marshmallow users. It also adds "OK, Google" support, time filters, and more!
  • A recent backend update to Google Camera will have an icon that links you directly to Google Photos. This is an interesting link that we've also seen with Google+ and Chrome Custom Tabs along with the next item on our list...
  • Google is now testing direct app installs straight from Google Search. This is meant to give users one less step between finding an application and actually installing it. We don't know when or if it'll roll out to everyone but it is being tested.
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