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#65 May 1st, 2016
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Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing coming, Amazon App Store in trouble - Android Apps Weekly
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Android Apps you shouldn't miss this week
Super Phantom Cat
Super Phantom Cat is a retro style platformer that channels the 16-bit classics of old. Features cats, duh.
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Orbit's Odyssey
Orbit's Odyssey is a newer puzzle game with 90 levels, plenty of challenging puzzles, and more!
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Radon
Radon is a link sharing application that allows you to beam things like links to other people quickly!
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Random Flix
Random Flix is a fun little free app that will help you choose a random Netflix video to watch when you're bored.
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Angry Birds Action
Angry Birds Action is the latest in the series of attempts to make Angry Birds relevant again. This is actually a pinball style game where you fling birds around a board, but the classic Angry Birds style remains intact. It's not a horrible time waster.
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Headlines this week
  • Lifeline is a popular series of text-based RPGs that represent probably the best in the genre. For a limited time (currently still running at the time this newsletter was made), you can get all three Lifeline games for $0.10. This is a fantastic deal if you liked text based games.
  • Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell has decided that enough is enough. He announced this week during an interview with The Guardian that he intends on stepping back into game development but with a focus on mobile gaming. He says mobile games piss him off and that they suck. Since a lot of them make us feel the same way, we can't wait to see what he's got coming.
  • Some new leaked footage of Pokemon GO surfaced early this week which seems to have only added to the major hype surrounding the game. The leak is about nine minutes long and shows you far more about the mechanics and game play than any prior video leak so far. As you can imagine, people are super excited about it but there is still no release date.
  • A couple of Star Wars games went on sale this passed week. For a limited time you can get LEGO Star Wars for $1 and Star Wars Pinball 4 for $0.10. If you're interested, check it out quickly because the deals likely won't last much longer.
  • Google has begun beta testing a new smart travel app. The premise is that it's supposed to keep track of your various travel plans, including flight, hotel, and restaurant details in one easily accessible spot. It would also deliver recommendations, including public transportation. It's not accessible to the public yet but it looks promising.
  • The popular Twitter client called Fenix hit its Twitter token limit this week which made a lot of people sad. More interesting, though, is that the developer managed to work with Twitter to remove the token limit or at least relax it, which is a stance that Twitter doesn't take very often. In any case, Fenix is available in the Play Store if you want it.
  • A long awaited update to the Google Play Store is rolling out that will show you if an application or game has advertising before you download. This is another in a long line of added features that help give consumers more knowledge about apps and games before downloading and it's one that will no doubt be appreciated. 
  • It's been rumored that some potential new features coming to WhatsApp soon. The rumored features include voicemail, a call back button, and the ability to send zip files. While any of these individual ideas isn't a game changer, the combination of all of them would definitely make WhatsApp more interesting. 
  • Square Enix announced a while back that they intended on porting Final Fantasy XI to mobile. This last week, we got our first screenshots to see what it's going to be like. 
  • Nintendo has announced that Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games will be making their way to smartphones sometime this fall. This comes on the heels of Miitomo's release which has been very profitable for the company so far. We don't know if they'll be full-fledged games or freemium variants, but we'll know more later this year.
  • Waze saw a bit of controversy this week when an exploit was found that could track users by location. Waze released a blog post this last week explaining the vulnerability and how it was actually rather difficult to pull off without already knowing someone's location. In any case, we're sure it'll be fixed sooner or later.
  • Minecraft is in the news again this week because it has finally been released for VR. It's on the Samsung Gear VR only right now but the experience has been positive so far. It is essentially the Pocket Edition of the game so it's not the full one, but it is VR and should be improved over time.
  • The Amazon App Store is having some growing pains this week. They haven't been properly labeling whether or not apps have in-app purchases which is a big no-no. The FTC is now going after them and have won similar cases against Google Play and Apple's App Store. Expect a huge fine to be levied and changes to be made before the end of the year.
  • It's been well known for a while now that Facebook is lacking that personal touch as everyone is sharing viral videos and not to many personal things anymore. They may be working on a camera app that promotes people to share more things on Facebook that are personal instead of just clicking the reshare button like robots. It's just a rumor for now, but we'll let you know if it amounts to anything.
  • Google announced this week that it plans on unleashing over one million Android apps on ChromeOS. Some people on Reddit have found an opt-in that allows the Google Play Store on Chrome which would mean all of the apps and games will be available to a degree. This seems to fall in line with the reports that ChromeOS and Android would be folded together. We'll likely learn more at Google I/O here in a couple of weeks.
  • Here is everything you need to know about Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay!
  • If you want to read up on what app permissions are for real, we have a great write up that explains everything!
  • Here is an awesome tutorial on how to sync all of your passwords using Google!
  • We rounded up the best new apps and games from April 2016! You can check out the best new apps by clicking here and the best new games by clicking here!
  • In this week's Android Customization, Johnny Feist shows us how to get Ambient Display on any smartphone!
App Updates this week
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Facebook
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Twitter
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Google Plus
SoundCloud
SoundCloud
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Instagram
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YouTube
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