Welcome to the 345th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:
- Recently there have been a lot of questions about incognito mode in browsers. We decided to take a deep dive and find out what it really is. You can read our analysis of it and see if the Incognito mode actually protects you from anything other than others with your phone.
- Three years ago, Google Maps was dropped from Apple watches in favor of Apple Maps. This week, the world’s most popular navigation app made its winning return to the platform. It is not as powerful as Apple Maps. However, this is one of the few precious options of Apple’s navigation app in this space.
- Samsung added a new module to its GoodLock application. The new module lets you create custom live wallpapers. This is a very basic function. You choose a base image and then add effects and motion to achieve the desired effect. Nevertheless, it is a free product for Samsung owners who use GoodLock. It is called Wonderland if you want to see it and you can go to the Samsung Galaxy Store.
- When Google’s new phone app first came out some time ago, it was a big deal. This week, Google announced that it would make its way to more devices outside of just Pixels. Additionally, its verified caller function is running for users in some countries including the US, Brazil, India, Mexico and Spain. Hit the link to find out more.
- PUBG Mobile is trying to make a comeback in India after its ban some time back. The mobile game left Tencent to shed its Chinese app tag and return to the Play Store in that country. The company is in charge of PUBG Corporation and future updates are handled by South Korean video game company Bluehole. The developers hope that it will ban the game in India.
cost: free to play
Bella Villa is free to play match-three games with fashion game elements. Players move from one level to another to solve match-three riddles and then follow the story line as they progress. The game boasts thousands of stages, a house you can build and as you play, an actual story, and some unlockables you can build. It is certainly something different in the match-three space, even though its free to play price is sometimes met.
cost: Free per month / $ 5.99 / $ 19.99 per year
SlideScan is an app to digitize old photos. The app lets you scan old slides. It then applies some auto photo editing magic and you are free to share or store them anywhere. It works well enough. You place the slide in front of something with a backlight so the camera can see what’s on it. The application then scans the image, implements some auto enhancements, and that’s it. The app worked well in our testing, but some people had issues focusing it on the slide and thus, some images became blurred. The only thing we don’t like is that it is a subscription service for some reason. We recommend paying for a month when you are ready to digitize your slides and then cancel when you work.
Hero of god
cost: free to play
Lord of Heroes is a new mobile RPG and people really like it so far. The story is nothing special, but it is well executed and seems relatively appropriate to play mobile RPG elements independently. Even Google Play describes it very well. The game is a message from the director and he talks about making the game fun and not an obstacle in your life. We’ve only tested it for a bit, but it promises a lot for free to play a mobile RPG.
cost: Free / $ 20
Yuka is not the newest app on the block, but it recently launched in the US. In Europe, it is a reasonably popular health app with a simple premise. You scan the barcode and the app literally tells you if the item is good or bad for you. It is a bit broader so there is not a ton of context. However, if you scan a vegetable, the app says it’s good and if you scan the soda, the app says it’s bad. So it gets the basics in the very list. The Premium Edition app is expensive for how simple it is, but we think having a database for all this stuff is probably too expensive.
cost: free to play
Runelords Arena is a turn-based strategy game with few RPG elements. The players gather the heroes and group them into five teams, and knock them out against the other players. It mainly focuses on the PvP aspect of things but there are some other things you can do. For example, there is a passive game element, where you get looted even when not playing with the campaign mode and some other game modes. This is great, but we thought the English translation was bad and the story of the campaign is a bit unimaginable. If you decide to try it out then you are definitely here for the PvP stuff.
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