Welcome to the 164th episode of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- A report released this week indicated that YouTube Red only has 1.5 million subscribers. Several things have contributed to this number. For starters, YouTube Red doesn’t have a ton of original content and no really big hits yet. They also don’t advertise it often. Despite the low numbers, YouTube is fairly happy with their growth and have decided to move forward with creating more original content.
- Giphy offered up its services to beleaguered Vine users this last week. The service expressed that it wants to turn all of those seven second vines into gifs and give them a permanent home on Giphy’s website. It will be launching a tool that will not only turn those videos into gifs, but also host the videos themselves. It could be a big move for Giphy as they are the most popular gif providers out there right now.
- Google Play is going to be cracking down on apps that try to use devious means to improve their rankings. For years now, apps have been able to get fake reviewers to leave tons of positive reviews to give them a better ranking than they deserve. A new backend feature is going to try to stop that from happening. Developers that engage with it will have their efforts thwarted and repeat offenders will simply have their apps taken down. This is good news.
- IFTTT made some big decisions this week. It has ditched the “recipes” moniker in exchange for “applets”. They have also added new functionality into applets to make them more powerful. On top of that, they have merged all of their mobile apps into one. That’s also after IFTTT was added to Google Assistant. Big things are happening with this app and it’s fun to watch.
- The latest Google Play Newsletter arrived at our doorsteps to tell us about the top trending apps from October 2016. They were Flipp, ShareTheMeal, Anchor, LinkedIn Learning, and CNN Mobile. On the games side, PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator, FIFA Mobile Soccer, Frozen Free Fall Icy Shot, Dan The Man, and Shuffle Cats were the top trending games. If you downloaded any of those, congrats, you were part of the statistics!
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Brave Browser got a re-release this last week. Meanwhile, the previous Brave Browser went back to being Link Bubble. The new Brave Browser has most of the features of the old one so there aren’t many changes for those who have used the browser before. For those who don’t know, Brave Browser offers ad blocking, privacy protection, and security features along with a fairly simple browsing experience. It’s a free app if you want to check it out.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The Trail is the latest game from Peter Molyneux. For those who don’t know, he’s the guy who also did Godus, Black & White, Fable, and other games. In this title, you’ll be walking along a trail while you do a variety of other things. You’ll be able to craft and trade items, make a fortune, and join towns in order to create communities. It also features some charming, if somewhat retro graphics. The Trail is a freemium game, though, and has the usual pitfalls.
Lifestage is kind of like Snapchat but for high school kids. The basic premise is that you make little videos and post them for everyone to see. The difference being that only people from your high school can see them. Every post is public and you’ll be asked to identify stuff that you like or don’t like. It definitely needs some work. The app doesn’t feel like the kind of quality you’d expect from Facebook. However, if they can work out the kinks and make sure no creepy older people join in, it could be a fun little thing for kids to do.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The latest game in the Asphalt series has finally hit Google Play. Prior titles in the series gave you tons of cars and tracks to race them. Asphalt Xtreme differs from these by giving you things like monster trucks, sport utility vehicles, and other similar vehicles. You’ll then be racing them on a variety of off-road courses. It maintains a lot of the things that made prior games fun and fans of the series should be able to just jump right in. Like the prior titles, it is a freemium game.
Adobe released not one, but three applications this last week. The first was Adobe Comp CC which allows you to layout ideas using photos, text, shapes, and more. The second was Adobe Photoshop Sketch which allows you to sketch using layers which can then be exported to Illustrator or Photoshop. Finally, Photoshop Fix was released which allows you to retouch and edit photos using tools like red-eye removal, spot healing, clone, and others. All three apps are free to download but you’ll need an Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to take full advantage.
Get Adobe Photoshop Sketch by clicking here!
Download Adobe Comp CC by clicking here!
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