Welcome to the 147th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
Evernote released some news this week that they plan on increasing the prices of their services. The free accounts will have more restrictions than before, including bandwidth restrictions while the paid version will get those non-restricted features that free users once enjoyed. For enterprise use, not much is changing, but if you were a free user, you’ll likely want to find a new note taking app.
The latest Humble PC and Android bundle has been set live and it’s a pretty good one. Included in the bundle is Badland, 10000000, Knights of Pen and Paper 2, and several others. There is still one game left to be unveiled and you can get a varying amount of them depending on how much you pay or all of them if you fork out around $11. It’s a bit more expensive than usual, but it’s still less than if you bought them all separately.
Google has launched a new initiative that allows you to control what ads you see while browsing the web. The new interface also comes with a My Activities page that shows you all kinds of information that you may be surprised that Google was able to ascertain. In any case the new interface is linked here if you’d like to see it and we recommend that you check it out.
Facebook is changing its News Feed algorithm again. This time it’s going to try to show posts from friends that you actively engage with along with stuff that Facebook deems to be more informative and detailed. The end result should be that you see more stuff that you like and less stuff that you don’t. However, paid posts still exist so we’ll see how that turns out.
A new study was released this week that shows that iOS users generally spent 2.5 times more money on apps versus Android users. I know, there are a ton of variables to consider as to why that may be. However, Android users were more likely to spend money on utility apps than iOS users. This can be easily explained by things like launchers and, for the longest time, third party keyboard apps which iOS doesn’t have an abundance of.
BitTorrent Now is a music and video streaming app that shows you all kinds of stuff from underground artists. The idea behind the app is to show new, original, and experimental stuff to the mainstream in a way that’s easily accessible. It features a community aspect with trending stuff along with background play, follow artists and content that you enjoy, and share that stuff with your friends. Think of it like a walled garden version of SoundCloud. It’s completely free if you’re interested.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CSR Racing 2 is the sequel to the hyper popular drag racing game CSR Racing. This new game features a lot of the same elements as the prior title as you’ll be drag racing your way up the charts to become the very best. It also features car customizations, upgrades, many cars to buy from real manufacturers, and there is an online multiplayer mode where you can join a crew, chat with friends, and race other people. It’s a freemium game through and through, but it’s not bad for what it is.
Expeditions is an educational app by Google that allows you to take virtual tours of many different things. Its meant for classroom use along with Google Cardboard to show kids things like coral reefs, what a TV studio set looks like, and other interesting places and settings. You can join in guided tours or you can host your own if you want to and the app can be used with Google Cardboard or just as a 360-degree video if you prefer. It’s entirely free and worth a shot.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is an unusual twist between a jRPG and a freemium game. It was developed by the same studio that did Brave Frontier and you’ll notice that during combat sequences. However, underneath all of that is an actual jRPG where you explore dungeons, engage with random encounters, walk around towns, and engage with a story line. The soundtrack is surprisingly amazing and the game is jam packed with nostalgic value for Final Fantasy fans. It may be the best freemium game ever made.
[Price: Free app / $29.99 to $44.99 per month]
PlayStation Vue is a live TV streaming service that features TV, sports, movies, news, and various TV shows. It’s essentially like a for real television subscription except you can stream it and the official application has finally hit mobile. Truth be told, it’s suffering from some serious early release bugs. It’ll just be a while before it’s a really good app like Netflix or Hulu. However, if it’s something that you use, you might as well give the app a shot.