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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:
Google is tinkering with the idea of adding in-app purchases to Google Cardboard content. Despite the fact that people hate them, in-app purchases account for over 90% of revenue in the Play Store and Google wants to entice more developers for Cardboard. What’s holding Google back is that they want it to be as intuitive as possible so that it makes people less angry.
Late last week, some new research came to light that 77% of people never use an app again 72 hours after installing it. The study found that the most successful apps were ones that users engaged in regularly as opposed to ones that had specific functions. Of course, Google apps were not included in the study since you can’t really uninstall them anymore.
Supercell, developers of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, released an ad to announce that they have over 100 million people who play their games every day. That’s quite an achievement, especially considering that Supercell only has four games and 14 games that they axed before release. The ad is pretty funny also.
The Android N developer preview is live and one of the more exciting features is dual window support for apps. This includes a fun feature where you can drag and drop text between windows for easy copy and pasting. It looks like fun, but it’s a little buggy for now.
Another new app-related feature of Android N will be faster app optimization. Google plans on removing that annoying app optimization box after a system update and will instead perform that process in the background after the phone boots. Apps will open a bit slower for a bit, but eventually it’ll all work as it did before.
VHS Camcorder is a fun little video recording application that takes you back to the early 1990’s. It does this by adding filters and stuff to the screen to make it seem as though you recorded your video on an old school camcorder. Fans of retro stuff will likely enjoy it but you won’t get the kind of crisp, beautiful video you’re used to getting out of this one. It’s $2.99, but there are no in-app purchases and it seems to work well.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Timenauts is a new freemium game where you collect a variety of Timenauts (good guys) and then do battle against bad guys. It features a variety of settings that span time and includes some unique and funny characters, including Gabriel Iglesias. Yes, as in the comedian. It is a freemium game which means it has the classic freemium issues, but it’s goofy and plays pretty well. It’s fun as long as you can get around those in-app purchases.
Roadie is kind of like a mixture of Craigslist and Uber. You put up jobs for people to do that involve shipping cargo from point A to point B. Drivers can accept the jobs if they like the money or continue on to the next if they don’t. The app allows you to manage both sides of the fence, so drivers can accept jobs and communicate while regular people can post jobs of stuff they want shipped somewhere else. It’s a nifty idea and we’ll see how it turns out.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Legacy Quest is a new game that features Voxel graphics and hack-and-slash mechanics. Despite its cartoon appearance, the game is actually rather dark. You are to craft your family legacy using the souls of the people you kill. You’ll get to travel through 70 dungeons across six regions along with seven levels of difficulty. It plays well, includes boss fights, and more. It is suffering from some release day bugs so do beware of that.
Stre.am is a new live video streaming service where you can watch people live or broadcast yourself. It aims to take on the likes of things like Twitch, Periscope, Facebook’s new live video feature, and other live streaming sites. It seems to work rather well and it works across a variety of interests. You can use your camera and stream what’s going on around you or broadcast yourself playing games on your device. It has some early bugs, but it’s definitely worth a shot.