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Welcome to the 448th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:
- We’ve rounded up the best new apps and games of the past month. You can check out the best new Android apps from August and the best new games from August here. enjoy!
- The first Android 14 beta may arrive in April 2023. Google talked about its quarterly platform releases (QPRs) and mentioned that the final version of Android 13 is due in March 2023. Looks like Android 14 beta may start popping up as soon as possible. april. Hit the link to know more.
- Netflix’s new ad-supported plan could cost less than half of the current plan. bloomberg released a report which states that Netflix may charge between $7 and $9 for the plan. The current plan costs $15.49 at the time of this writing. Netflix is also working on using less targeted ads and shorter ad deals so that viewers don’t get too upset.
- BeReal is taking off. The social platform only gives people a chance in a random window of two minutes every day. This makes it very hard for people to fake their lives as they usually do on Instagram. Hit the link to know more about it. Snapchat is also copying a feature from BeReal, and you can read more about it here.
- Twitter Circle is also starting soon. Twitter Circles work a bit like Google+ Circles did back in the day. Basically, you can post a Tweet to a circle, and only people in that circle can see your Tweet. Hit the link to know more about them.
Masha and the Bear: Farm Games
worth: Free / $2.99 per month / $19.99 per year
Masha and the Bear: Farm Games is a children’s game based on the popular Russian children’s cartoon show. It’s aimed at kindergarten-aged kids with lots of cool mini-games that you can play. This includes gardening, playing with animals, fishing, and more. There is good music as well as voice acting. The graphics are great, and the mechanics are easy enough for kids to use. There is a subscription, but it’s not too intrusive. There is a free trial if you want to see how it is.
Sleep Reset aims to help people with sleep problems. It asks the user a bunch of questions to try to get to the root of the sleep problem. From there, it offers a variety of therapeutic techniques to try and cure it. They promise some great results, including more than an hour of extra sleep per night and fewer middle-of-the-night awakenings. It keeps track of sleep scores so you can see your progress over time. Obviously, this is something that needs to be tested over a long period of time to see if the methods are good. However, the app works fine so you can at least access all the functions.
YS Online: The Ark of Napishtim
worth: free to play
Ys Online: The Ark of Naphishtim is a mobile MMORPG with gacha elements based on the Ys universe. It contains a slew of nostalgic elements, such as cameos from characters from previous games, music tracks, and other elements from previous Ys games. Players can choose between four classes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. After that, it’s pretty normal MMORPG stuff. You go on quests, solve puzzles, delve into dungeons, and defeat bosses. There’s a story, and it’s decent.
SkillDoc helps people create offline mini-courses. Essentially, you open the app, create a course, and share it with other people. They can take your short course and learn whatever you want them to learn. It is set up like many online options where you have chapters. You can customize each chapter to your liking. It’s a neat premise because it works well as a study aid, a training tool, or any number of other things. It is free as of the time of this writing.
The Walking Dead: All-Stars
worth: free to play
The Walking Dead: All-Stars is an idle RPG game with gacha elements. It is loosely based on The Walking Dead comic series. The gameplay is pretty standard for the genre. You collect a variety of classic and iconic Walking Dead characters and use them to defend yourself from enemies. It differentiates itself by the deep lore provided by the actual Walking Dead series, so the developers didn’t have to invent a lot of stuff to make the game deep story-wise. This is fine as far as idle games go, but it has the usual pitfalls like long grinds, micro-transactions, and more.
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