5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week

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Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Welcome to the 401st edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:

  • Netflix added a new feature this week. The Play Something feature allows Netflix to choose what you watch. Netflix uses its algorithm and the content you’ve previously watched to recommend something new. The change is underway for all Netflix users as of this week. Unfortunately, iOS users have to wait a bit longer, but it happens too.
  • Google Assistant’s Quick Phrases feature began rolling out this week. The new functionality allows you to create multiple sets of keywords or phrases for various commands. The feature allows you to issue commands without having to say “Hey, Google” first. There are many different examples and you can click the link to learn more. However, according to one of our recent reader surveys, most of you will be nice to Google Assistant, even with those new phrases.
  • Google has decided not to go ahead with its Google bank account. The new account, dubbed Plex, was to be part of Google Pay. Unfortunately, things are going very badly for Google Pay right now. The Google Pay team had many departures after the big refresh of the app in November 2020. Citigroup also ended its involvement in Google Pay (or vice versa) despite the fact that 400,000 people were on the list. ‘waiting. There’s a lot going on with Google Pay right now and it’s not looking good.
  • Everyone is aware of the big Facebook blackout that took place earlier this week. The service was interrupted in the early afternoon (Eastern Standard Time) and was interrupted for more than six hours. Instagram and WhatsApp were also down. Billions of people use these three services, so it was a big deal. It turns out that a bad update locked Facebook out of its own servers (and buildings, apparently) and it took a long time for people to come in and fix the issue. You can read about the chaos on both links.
  • Telegram had a great week because of the Facebook outage. The service gained over 70 million users in a single day. It makes a lot of sense. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger were down and people needed a place to keep talking. Telegram seems to have won over other chat apps. Even some of our readers signed up in the face of the blackout. Click on the links to find out more.

Girl Coffee Gun

Price: Free to play

Girl Cafe Gun screenshot

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Girl Cafe Gun is a gacha game with a few different game mechanics. There are elements of simulation, elements of bullet hell and other things there as well. The result is varied gameplay with plenty to do. The fighting part of the game is a third person shooter where you rain bullets on enemies and they return the favor. You dodge the bullets and try to kill them before they catch you. Half of the game without a fight is made up equally of a dating simulation and a cafe simulator. The cafe simulator part is pretty neat, but a bit basic compared to full restaurant simulation experiences. The dating part has enough fan service to generate facepalms, but that’s not too ridiculous. It’s an interesting game for sure, especially if you like that sort of thing.


Bolt for Tesla

Price: $ 0.99

Bolt for Tesla is a plugin for Tasker, Automate and MacroDroid. It helps you program NFC tags to perform various interactions with your Tesla vehicle. Some examples include locking and unlocking the door, opening and closing windows, activating remote start, activating heated seats and many more things. The app works quite easily. You open it, decide what you want it to do, and then it does. You need one of the aforementioned automation apps first and the app helps you get it all working. I do not personally own a Tesla, so I was unable to test the NFC tags I created, but the process seems to have worked fine. The app costs $ 0.99, but doesn’t have ads or in-app purchases.


Sky warriors

Price: Free to play

Sky Warriors is an aerial shooting game in which you pilot a plane and shoot down enemies. The game is not too deep and contains only two game modes. The characteristic mode, however, is real-time online multiplayer. You and your friends can fly and fight with real opponents anywhere. You can also play against bots if you want a less stressful time. Other than that, the game features above average graphics and a decent selection of planes. The controls are also pretty decent but can look a bit sloppy on touchscreens at times. It’s good overall, although the much touted multiplayer can feel a bit funky at times.


Project Activate

Price: To free

Project Activate is a new accessibility app from Google. It allows you to create automated commands using facial expressions. For example, you can ask your phone to answer a call by raising your eyebrows. The application is aimed at people with diseases or disabilities that prevent the use of their limbs. It worked pretty well in our testing and it certainly means an early attempt. This app could improve over time. Still, it’s decent for simple things like quick texting or answering phone calls. It’s a really cool approach to this particular problem and we hope Google will continue to iterate and improve.


Disney Marvelous Worlds

Price: Free to play

Disney Wonderful Worlds is a match-three puzzle game with a bunch of popular Disney characters. The core gameplay loop is match-three mechanics. This part of the game is played like most other match-three games. However, as you progress you also build a Disney park with the various things you unlock. There are three parks to build in total and that’s basically what keeps you playing. It’s a good overall experience although the grind is like most free-to-play games. There are some early release bugs as well, but they should be fixed over time. This is an officially licensed game, but it is not developed by Disney.


If we missed any great Android apps or game releases or news, let us know in the comments or email us at contact@androidauthority.com.
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