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#51 January 24, 2016
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Microsoft buys Swiftkey, more Apple apps to come, Adventures of Mana! - Android Apps Weekly
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During our testing, we found all kinds of stuff from cloths to electronics and even an engagement ring. You can browse various categories in areas near you and you can even leave seller feedback which gives the community sellers that you can trust and rely on. It has a lot going for it and it's definitely worth a shot if you're getting ready to sell stuff or just want to look around. It's totally free so check it out and show your support for the Android Apps Weekly show!
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Android Apps you shouldn't miss this week
Sundance VR
Sundance is a new VR app that will soon host a ton of VR content from various filmmakers!
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Marvel Avengers Academy
Marvel Avengers Academy is a new adventure/sim where you can play as your favorite Avengers character!
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LEGO Ninjago Skybound
The latest free (with no in-app purchases) segment of LEGO Ninjago series is now out!
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Promo Codes
Promo Codes is an application that may give you promo codes for free apps and games! Check it out right now!
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Adventures of Mana
Square Enix has remastered and re-released this classic Game Boy RPG from the early 1990s. It's a tad expensive but the nostalgia is strong with this one!
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Headlines this week
  • Square Enix is giving away Final Fantasy II for a limited time but it's a little tedious to obtain. You'll have to download the Final Fantasy Portal application, pick up the free game, and then you'll have to launch the game from the Portal app. It's a little bit of a nuisance, but a free game is a free game.
  • A subtle change is currently rolling out to the Google Play Store that brings with it a new card. This card will show app demo videos in an effort to show off more Android apps in a different kind of way. The hope is that seeing the app in action will entice users into leaving their comfort zones and downloading the new app or game.
  • Nintendo has announced that people can start signing up for the closed beta of Miitomo, their first Android game, starting on February 17th. We know a lot about the game already and how it will emulate social media to an extent. However, we won't know everything until we get our hands on it and that may be sooner than later.
  • Even though most of Apple's apps have received a slew of terrible ratings in the Play Store, they seem to be doing pretty good. How good? Well, Tim Cook announced this week that even more Apple apps will likely be making their way to Android. We don't know which ones yet, but our guess is likely iCloud and other productivity apps.
  • Huawei announced a partnership with Deezer which is a music streaming service similar to Pandora. It's available in 180 countries and currently has six million subscribes. The idea is to get more people to use Deezer and give Huawei a unique music streaming service that their devices can ship with.
  • The reigning theory is that no person is more than six people away from anyone else. It's a phenomenon known as the six degrees of separation. Apparently, if you have a Facebook account, that number drops to about 3.5, a number that Facebook released yesterday. That's pretty impressive.
  • Google has announced a new initiative where they plan to block those ads on Google Chrome that try to get you to install fake apps from advertising. It's early on and the effort is just starting, but I don't think there is hardly anyone who doesn't want to see this one work. It should be rolling out now.
  • We managed to get a hold of the official Reddit beta application last week and wanted to show you what it was going to look like. It seems to have a modern design full of Material Design along with a few other fun features. We don't know when it'll be released but it seemed to work pretty well to us.
  • Perhaps the biggest app news from the last week was Microsoft purchasing SwiftKey for $250 million. There hasn't been a lot of infor from either company but the popular guess is that Microsoft is after SwiftKey's legendary predictive algorithm AI. For now, nothing is changing, but after seeing what happened to Sunrise Calendar and Accompli, we wouldn't blame you if you were a bit worried.
  • SoundCloud announced a new stations feature that will give users a change to listen to music similar to how they do on Pandora. This comes not long after announcing signing deals with a couple of major labels and announcing that they'll be turning into a legitimate streaming service to battle the likes of Spotify.
  • A couple of the world's most popular applications saw milestones this week. Gmail and WhatsApp both managed to surpass one billion users at almost the same time which is actually kind of awesome. Congrats to both of those now iconic services!
  • Copy and CudaDrive, two of the lesser known and underrated cloud storage sites, announced that they would be shutting down here in a few months. It's sad to see but they simply couldn't keep enough users to stay afloat. 
  • If you're getting tired of Facebook, check out these awesome alternatives!
  • Jonathan Feist's latest Android Customization post will show you how he saved money on auto repairs using customization!
App Updates this week
  • Amazon Echo received an update this week that now gives owners the ability to listen to Spotify!
  • Snapseed received a fairly substantial update this week that includes lens blur and auto-straighten as new photo editing features along with more stuff!
  • Apple Music received an update this week that allows users to save music to their SD cards for offline listening. That's good news.
  • Opera Max received an update that aims to fix bugs, improve security, and work faster than it did before. 
  • Textra got its own update this week and its goal was to add the Android Marshmallow emoji to the app itself so that users who were not on Marshmallow could still use them. If that's something you want, check out the app!
  • Greenify was updated this last week and now includes a deep doze mode and hibernation modes to help people save even more battery on their devices. 
  • Google Play Music has been planning to add podcasts for a while and the release date isn't far off. However, it appears as though some people are getting access to the podcasts early!
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