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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:
Google has released three apps aimed directly at Android Marshmallow. Two of them deal with MIDI sounds and the third is a direct share application. They’re not in the Play Store but are more like examples for other developers.
Google has announced that they’re now selling Google Play gift cards in India. While this doesn’t necessarily fix the problem of not allowing people to use debit cards, it should help alleviate the problem a great deal. They’re available in select retailers and online at snapdeal.com.
The long awaited Minecraft: Story Mode game from Telltale Games now has an official release date and it’s October 15th. We’ve seen trailers and Telltale has a good reputation for making awesome games. Prepare your wallets!
Mark Zuckerberg announced this week that Facebook will be getting a Dislike button. Unfortunately, it won’t be used to show distaste, but rather to show sympathy because Zuckerberg doesn’t want Facebook to turn into a site like Reddit. It’s in testing now so it’s not far away from being released.
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First up this week is Chariot. Chariot is a console game that first made its appearance on Xbox One and PS4 but now it has been ported to Android. You play as a princess and you’re tasked with carrying a funeral wagon through all kinds of scenarios. The graphics are colorful and well done, the controls are simple to learn, and the game has tons of quirky, dark humor. The only problem is that it’s an NVIDIA Shield Console exclusive.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Gameloft’s Order & Chaos Online was one of the most popular MMORPGs to grace the Google Play Store and now Order & Chaos 2 is out. There are a lot of the same elements as the first one with co-op game play, PVP battling, and plenty of hero combinations to choose from. Gameloft has expanded on the campaign mode with a metric ton of things to do and the graphics got a slight boost as well. It’s free to play with in-app purchases and has had favorable reviews so far.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Nibblers is the latest game out of Rovio and the first since they laid off about 1/3 of their employees a few weeks ago. This is a Candy Crush style, match-3 game with a combat component where you have to match-3 to defeat bad guys. It follows a simple story of fish battling lizards much like the birds battled the pigs. The graphics are colorful and this is a good game for kids as well as adults. It’s free to play if you’re interested.
Oh boy Apple released their first app to the Play Store and, surprise surprise, it’s an application aimed to get people away from Android. The app works pretty much as the name implies without too much of a hassle so if you actually need it for its intended purpose, it does work well most of the time. Hilariously, the Android community has responded in kind, if a bit predicably with a sea of 1-star ratings making this the most hated app since Facebook Home. Welcome to Google Play, Apple. Enjoy your stay.
Last up this week is a new application out of Microsoft called Send. This is an email application that tries to treat emails like instant messages to give it a more natural, quick, and ergonomic feeling. This is similar to an app we looked at a while back called WeMail so if you’ve used that, you kind of know what this is like. Unfortunately, it’s invite only right now so if you want to check it out, you’ll have to get in line.