Welcome to the 293th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here's the big news this past week:
- WhatsApp has pasted a pretty dangerous exploitation this past week. The bug used an error in WhatsApp's VoIP feature to inject spyware into people's phones. Fortunately, a cyber security firm found the mining before anything bad happened. The update is now running, so get it as soon as you can when using WhatsApp.
- Android Q's desktop is better than we originally thought. This will support third-party fans on both desktop and regular mode. This means you won't get a mere desktop mode UI that you can't change much. We're excited to see what prominent launchers developers are doing with it.
- & Nbsp; N New Pokémon Rumble Game coming soon. It's a top-down beat-em-up game with some other game elements. It was originally tested in 2017 as Pokeland in Japan and this is the official launch. The game is only available in Japan and Australia. It must eventually be launched worldwide.
- Google Product Search replaces Google Express. The new Google Shopping works on all of Google's services so your shopping shop follows you everywhere. The Google Express store is still there, but it's changing its name to better fit Google Shopping with the new changes.
- Several countries banned PUBG Mobile concerns about violence and addiction. Tencent is doing something about it. Some features mimic Google's digital well-being. The game now tells you how long you've played and suggests breaking every now and then. It's rare to see a time management feature in a game, but welcome until 2019!
- The Google Play store has two announcements this week. The first is a new feature that notify you of programs you have installed but don't actually use. This is pretty self-explanatory. The others are Pending Transactions. It allows you to set up a lot of programs or games, go to a retailer and pay for those transactions in cash. This is especially useful for people who do not use debit cards and people in countries where debit cards are not common.
Artwalls is one of two new wallpaper programs for this week. This one is friendly to people with AMOLED screens. It features a variety of colorful wallpapers with very black for the battery that saves goodness. In addition, most wallpapers are about 6K in resolution. It's more than enough for basically any smartphone these days. The choice is a little small, but growing.
Ailment is a rogue action game with retro style graphics. It also features top-down shooter and adventure mechanics. You explore an abandoned ship to find out its secrets. Players can get a variety of weapons while fighting hordes of bad guys. The narrative is also not half bad. The controls can use a small Polish, but everything worked well for us. It's a decent little action shooter.
Drivetime is a unique starting point. It's a rip program similar to apps like Android Auto. However, this one is actually a trivia game. You start it and play trivia games while driving. It asks questions and you deliver your answer with your voice. So, you don't even have to look at the screen while you're playing and it has multiplayer. However, this one also requires a subscription to get all the content. We don't like a game like this.
Unrd is a new text puzzle game. The name is a shortened word unread. The game is similar to other text-puzzle games in this genre. You have control over a fictitious person's device. Players receive and respond to messages, see photos & videos & # 39; s, and even look at the fictional character's social profile. There are actually several stories to play through. It's also a subscription game and we don't love it, but at least you can try the three day test.
Abstruct is the second new wallpaper program for this week. This one has 300 exclusive wallpapers and they all have 4K resolution. The program automatically scales the background to your device, regardless of its aspect ratio. In addition, it has every OnePlus background from OnePlus 2 through the OnePlus 7. The app includes the work of Hampus Olsson, an OnePlus artist. The app says that all future wallpapers for OnePlus should end here as well.
If we missed any great Android apps or Android game updates, releases or news, please let us know in the comments!