Joe Hindy / Android Authority
Welcome to the 399th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Netflix is experimenting with a free plan in Kenya. The free plan gives access to one-fourth of the app’s catalog as a sort of extended trial. It doesn’t require you to add a payment method but you do still need an account. Netflix said it was testing the free plan in Kenya first and may roll it out in other countries sooner or later.
- WhatsApp went under fire for its reporting system. It compromises user data by having live people check on reports. Reporting a person requires WhatsApp to check the entire account. That’s an obvious breach of privacy. WhatsApp is working on a system that lets you report specific messages instead of whole accounts. That way checkers can’t see everything that everybody posts. We don’t know when it’ll come to stable builds, but it is in the works.
- YouTube is experimenting with some new features for premium members. One of them is the ability to download videos on your computer. It’s live now as part of YouTube’s experimental Labs features. The feature is available to test until October 19th as part of the test. Give it a shot and enjoy offline YouTube support on your computer.
- Google is bestowing some new Android features upon the masses this autumn. It’s a separate set of new things from Android 12 and it should roll out to most users. Some of the features include new accessibility features, new Android Auto features, the Locked Folder function in Google Photos (previously a Pixel exclusive), and Nearby Share improvements. Hit the link to view everything.
- We have started a new segment to introduce all of our readers to more wallpapers. The goal is to give you a lot more options for wallpapers and we’re taking submissions every day for both photo and abstract wallpapers. Hit the link to check out the rules and check back to the site every Wednesday to see more. Enjoy!
Valor Legends: Eternity
Price: Free to play
Valor Legends: Eternity is an idle game mixed with a gacha mobile RPG. Players collect various heroes, set them up, and let them duke it out all day. You get a lot of control over your heroes. There is a grid in combat to place them where you want and you can reset heroes and re-grind them over again if you want to. Additionally, this game has an actual story line and a bunch of content to do. It could be better, but it’s not too bad as far as idle games go.
Hotwarts Live Wallpaper
Hogwarts Live Wallpaper is a pretty simple live wallpaper app. It puts one of the four Hogwarts house flags as your wallpaper. The wallpaper is inert most of the game. However, when you swipe your home screen, the flag moves around. There aren’t a ton of customization options. You can have the flag change with every swipe or leave it static each time. It’s not the most exciting new live wallpaper, but it’s quite nice for Harry Potter fans.
Doomsday: Last Survivors
Price: Free to play
Doomsday: Last Survivors is an online strategy game. It plays like most free-to-play online strategy games. You have a base that you build up and defend over the course of your playing time. Your primary task is leading your troops and defending your base. As with all other mobile strategy games, you can also attack other players for their resources. There are also missions, a story to play through, and more. It’s very close in mechanics to games like State of Survival. The early game is pretty nice, but there are some aggressive microtransactions later in the game.
Kontxt is a call screening service from the developers of RealPlayer. The app answers your phone and finds out if a call is real or a spam bot before you have to deal with them. It’s similar in scope to Google’s call screening feature. Basically, the app answers the phone and says a thing. If it detects that it’s a robocall, the app hangs up the phone. Otherwise, it puts the call through to you. This helps cut back on robocalls because there is a buffer between you and the caller. The app seems to work okay in our testing, but it is in early access beta so it’s certainly not perfect yet. Keep an eye on this one, though, because robocalls are super annoying and this might solve them.
Price: Free to play
After months of teasing, Pokemon Unite is finally out. It’s a five vs five MOBA where you and four other people duke it out with five other players. You all control a Pokemon with different skills and strategies. As a MOBA, it’s a pretty typical MOBA with a mix and match of popular mechanics. The game includes a ranked mode, voice chat, and unique moves depending on the game mode. The gameplay is smooth and it actually feels much better to play than most mobile MOBAs. You can also play it on your Nintendo Switch with the same account as your mobile phone. It’s new, so it’s not perfect, but it’s definitely more stable than most new mobile games.
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