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#45 December 20, 2015
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens pre-orders, huge Google Play Store sale! - Android Apps Weekly
Sponsored by: ES File Explorer Pro
This week's Android Apps Weekly is sponsored by ES File Explorer Pro. This is one of Android's oldest and most stable file managing apps and includes a ton of features pretty much any file management feature you could ask for along with cloud storage management, app management, remote file management, archive management, and tons of other types of managements. It's also all wrapped up in material design.
Recently, the developers also released ES File Explorer Pro. It's exactly the same as ES File Explorer in every way except you'll have expanded theming options, no advertising, and a promise from the developers to keep being awesome. I bought this the day it came out long before they ever became a sponsor because I really do actually like this app a lot. Give the pro version a go yourself and show your support for the Android Apps Weekly show.
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Android Apps you shouldn't miss this week
Picpal
Picpal is a new Snapchat-style app that lets you create selfie collages with friends that can be updated whenever!
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Scribblenauts Unlimited
This unique puzzle game is the latest in the Scribblenauts series. You type in words, they become real, solve puzzles!
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Watch Your Style Watchfaces
Google has teamed up with a number of designers to create a total of 16 "designer" watch faces for Wear.
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Microsoft Apps
Microsoft has created an application that makes it easier to find other Microsoft apps. They have more than you think.
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Cut the Rope: Magic
Cut the Rope: Magic is the latest game in the Cut the Rope series. It contains improved graphics, transformation powers, boss levels, over 100 levels (with more coming), and a lot more. This is the Angry Birds of this decade so enjoy the game while you still can!
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Headlines this week
  • As you have no doubt heard, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has had fairly stellar reviews so far and the fan hype has been unbelievable. To celebrate, the Google Play Store is currently offering the movie for pre-order on Google Play as well as the soundtrack. Sure it's kind of silly to pre-order digital goods that never run out of stock, but hey, it's there if you want it.
  • To celebrate the holiday, there is currently a game sale going on in the Play Store. There are more than 35 games on sale, including most Square Enix games, Prune, a couple of LEGO games, XCOM: Enemy Within, and plenty more. Check out the list and grab some awesome games for cheap!
  • In a bizarre ruling, court officials in Brazil levied a 48 hour ban on WhatsApp when they refused to hand over user information for a criminal drug trafficking investigation. The ban has since been lifted because it was ruled unconstitutional that millions of Brazilians get cut off from their messaging services over something like that.
  • This last week, rumors began to surface that Google Hangouts was going to lose SMS integration. This is, of course, bad news for people that use both SMS and Hangouts and it's been reported that Google will begin promoting their SMS app instead. Google Voice users will still be able to text and the app itself will gain other new features.
  • Google has been all about the Star Wars love the last month or so and it continues with a new browser game you can play. In this web game, you sync your phone with Google Chrome on your computer and then use your phone as a light saber to deflect attacks. It's hard as hell but fun and a fairly unique experience.
  • Facebook has announced that they're shutting down their photo syncing service on January 10th, 2016. From that moment on, users can download a zip file containing their photos or they can get the Facebook Moments app which will continue the photo syncing goodness. I guess they want Moments to be a competitor to Google Photos. We'll see how well that does.
  • A new promotion to get more people on Android Pay is rolling out and it's pretty simple to take advantage of. If you use Android Pay on your Nexus device, you'll receive a $20 Best Buy gift card. Considering that tech nerds are the largest demographic of Nexus buyers, a gift card to a tech store is probably the best marketing Google has done for a product in a long time.
  • Pebble Health is a new app rolling out for Pebble devices that finally lets you track your fitness at least a little bit. It's only available for the latest generation of Pebble devices running firmware 3.8. If that's you, enjoy your new fitness tracking app!
  • Jonathan Feist's latest Android Customization post deals with rooting, the benefits of it, and some stuff you can do with apps!
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