Welcome to the 290th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here's the big news this past week:
- Coolpad from all companies is launching a new app platform. Family Labs hope to bring new Android apps for families and kids. The app itself allows children to talk to other relatives, find them if necessary, and even allow for things like remote support. The app is available on Indiegogo for an absurd $ 99 start. We're not sure it's worth so much for a family management program, but we'll see.
- Google Home and Amazon Alexa speakers received a few delights this week. Amazon Alexa devices can now stream A free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music, just by asking. The free version does not support playlists. Google also did it for Google speakers, but with YouTube Music.
- Facebook had a security blunder a few weeks ago. It was worse than we thought. Facebook has released a blog post with more information. Some Instagram passwords are saved as plain text for anyone to read. Click the link to learn more and you need to change your Instagram password.
- BlackBerry Messenger ends its run May 31 this year. The service has shrunk a lot due to competitive services such as WhatsApp, iMessage and others. It seems BlackBerry has finally had enough. However, the business version of BlackBerry Messenger remains a premium service. Click on the link to learn more.
- Nintendo will soon open a beta for Mario Kart Tour. The signup page took place earlier this week and it is now available. You can sign in as soon as your Nintendo and Google Play accounts use the same password. The game has to start sometime in the summer, so there is not much to wait, even if you don't get into the beta.
Swoot is a new podcast app with some social elements. You can download and play podcasts as you normally do. However, you can also add friends and see what they are listening to. The user interface is a bit heavy as it not only merge social networking items with podcast items. However, apart from giving some power user features, the experience was definitely useful. It needs Polish and you have to drag your friends over to get the full experience, but the app is differently decent.
Despotism 3k is a simulation strategy game. You play as our ultimate AI rulers and you use people to perform your different contraptions. People need rest and food to continue running your machines. The game has a bit of a learning curve and it can sometimes be difficult. However, the retro graphics and occasionally dry humor make the game frustrating. It runs for $ 7.99 and we think it's a little expensive. However, it does not have in-app purchases, so there is also a plus side.
LiveXLive has bought Slacker Radio for $ 50m and now the Slack Radio program is LiveXLive. It continues to make much of Slacker's music flow, including an on-demand service for $ 9.99 a month. However, the program focuses heavily on live event streaming. The transition to this new focus has mixed reviews on Google Play and other locations. However, we think the dust will run over time. It only works well in our testing, some dubious UI decisions.
Pharos AR is a neat little AR experience. Users are encouraged to enter a portal through their camera searcher. Inside is a bunch of lights, music and fun times. We had a few freezing points, but the experience is definitely different. There is no real game mechanics or anything. It's usually just a fun thing to do and experience. Plus, it makes good use of Google's ARCore technology. It's totally free if you want to try it.
Google has its Google I / O 2019 program ready to go. It has the same things it does every year. It includes a complete schedule of Google I / O activities, speeches, pow-wows, keynotes, and other conversations. It also comes with recalls, a map of the conference, and a schedule personalization tool. It is very useful for participants of the event. However, those who do not go can still get information about when events happen. Google I / O is coming soon, so get ready!
If we missed any great Android apps or Android game news, please tell us in the comments!