Welcome to the 428th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:
- Google is suing a person for using its Google services for bad things A person sets up a face dog adoption website, receives money from clients, and distributes any puppies. The man also used Gmail, Google Voice and other services to run this shady business Google responds by suing the person for bad language and we can’t be happy about it.
- A security researcher has found an SDK that sent large amounts of data to a U.S. defense contractor. It reported those apps to Google, and Google removed them. It is believed that apps, including the SDK, have been downloaded 60 million times in a variety of app genres. Click on the link to learn more, but rest assured, the apps are gone now.
- Unlimited Google Photos is back, but it’s not free. Google has announced a new Google One plan for 15 per month. It includes 2TB of data for Google Drive with unlimited photo and video backups. This sounds like the last game for Google Photos. Google says the service is too expensive to run and allows Google to finance it properly. This seems like a decent deal, especially with all that extra cloud storage space.
- Plex has released an update which is actually quite great. This allows you to log in to your various video streaming services so you can watch videos from any of them without having to switch apps. It is now available to all users except Roku. Roku users will have to wait a little longer. We’ve asked our readers if they like Plex, and most of them do, so we’re glad to see so many good updates from so many people.
- Samsung has unveiled another fold in the big throttling disaster that is going on this year. Samsung says it throttles its phones to prevent overheating. Apparently, leaving the new Spadragon 8 Gen 1 chips at full throttle is causing some extra heat issues. Hit the link to read more.
Bonju is a kind of social network for those who travel a lot. You make friends everywhere and Bonju helps you keep track of where they are. It notifies users when you are in the same city as a friend so you can interact with them. This is the main functionality of the app. It’s relatively niche, but it works better than mainstream social media apps. Of course, whether you like it or not depends on whether your friends can use it. There is a possibility of this.
Inheritance of ancestors
Price: Free / 3.99
Ancestor Legacy Buff Studio’s latest game. It bills itself as a mystery thriller and a visual novel. Players work their way through the story and decide on key plot points. The decisions you make affect the outcome of the game. Some other features include achievement, multiple endings and multiple story branches. It played well in our tests and it should be an itch for fans of the genre.
Wisdom is a kind of self-help app. It allows you to share and receive advice on a variety of life challenges, including making more money, improving your physical or mental health, and other such things. This is a community-centric app so you can help or get help depending on what you want to do This is one of the apps that may or may not help depending on who you are and how you are It has a lot of potential and early adopters seem to like it.
Brave Soul: Frozen Blackout
Price: The game is free
Brave Soul: Frozen Blackout is a mobile RPG with tree elements. Players get a team of heroes that they use to fight the bad guys. Upgrade your heroes as you play and continue the game. It has simple battles, more than 100 heroes to collect and lots of things. Some people may not like the simplicity of some parts and we get it. However, it wastes a beautiful time with something a little deeper than something like a passive RPG. The developers seem to be working on some bugs that could cause the animations to crash, but otherwise, it played well on our test devices.
Price: Free trial /-7- $ 15 per month
Fileshadow is an interesting file management app. Unless it works much like Resilio Sync or NextCloud, it aims at productivity rather than self-hosted cloud storage. Basically, you install the app on your phone and computer. From there, you can manage files from both devices to both devices. It can also collect your email attachments and other content, although there is an additional cost for that functionality From there, you can move files, manage them, organize them, or do whatever you want. You can even sort or filter by file type for extra functionality. It requires a subscription but it seems quite decent.
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