Welcome to the 194th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are your headlines from the last week:
Amazon has finally agreed to pay $70 million to consumers. They recently lost a court battle over in-app purchases. They didn’t do a good enough job warning people that apps contained them. Google and Apple have faced similar litigation in the past. The FTC will issue refunds to customers over the coming months.
Google is offering up to $10,000 in prizes for new Google Assistant actions. The idea is to motivate developers into using Google Assistant in new and interesting ways. Developers will have until August 31st to submit new ideas. The winners will get prizes as well as tickets to Google I/O 2018. It should also help diversify the kinds of things that Google Assistant can do.
Nintendo has announced a new Pokemon game on mobile. The name it’s going with is Pokeland. Players will control Pokemon as they battle on a number of different islands. The game reportedly has 134 Pokemon to start with. They’ll add to that number over time, we’re sure. It’s currently out in Japan. We’ll let you know when or if it comes out for other markets.
WhatsApp has released a new plugin app. It goes by SendAnyFile. As you may have guessed, it lets you send pretty much any kind of file to other WhatsApp users. That includes uncompressed, full sized images or video, zip files, music files, or anything else you want. Once installed, it’ll work as a menu item inside of WhatsApp. Users can download and install the app from Google Play Right now.
Last week’s Humble Mobile Bundle has added a few more games to the mix. The new games are VVVVVV and Goo Saga. Those who have already bought it for the average price will just get these games for free. For everyone else, they’ll have to fork out the average to get the new goodies.
Mordheim: Warband Skirmish is a new strategy RPG. It's an adaptation of the Games Workshop table top game. It boasts challenging game play, online multiplayer mode, and more. Players will be able to choose one of three factions. They then build their warband and go to battle. The developers also plan on adding more factions and content in DLC updates later on. Strategy RPGs generally aren't super fast or exciting. However, this one can get intense.
Adobe Scan is a document scanning app. It'll open with a camera. You can then take pictures of or scan in various documents like receipts, forms, and other documentation. Once in your phone, you can change the colors to several presets and then save and share. There are other scanner apps that have more options and are generally better. This isn't half bad for an initial release, though. You'll have to create an Adobe account to use it. Otherwise, it's totally free to download and use.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is the second release in the series on mobile. It's the fifth release in the series overall. You'll play as Phoenix Wright, Ace Apollo, and Athena Cykes. Your goal is to restore order in a corrupt court system. The game is a narrative-driven adventure game. Players will spend most of their time questioning witnesses and performing court trials. It's expensive at $19.99. On the plus side, there are no in-app purchases and it is a complete port of the Nintendo 3DS version.
Path Guide is a new app from Microsoft. It serves one function. It records sensor data and GPS location to show where you walked. You can then use that information to show a friend where you are. It can come in handy for things like amusement park visits, festivals, or other large events. You can also use that trace data to find your way back to a starting point. That's an excellent way to find your car in a parking lot or find your way out of a confusing venue. It's free to download and use.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends is the latest release from Bethesda Softworks. This is a card dueling game. It's very similar in scope and mechanics as Hearthstone and Clash Royale. It differs by having a story mode so you can play by yourself. You can also upgrade your cards to make them more powerful. The main premise is to duel people online for supremacy. It should be a fun play and one of the better card dueling games released in 2017. The only potential issue is that some big devices are having some support issues.