5 Android apps you should not miss this week

Disney Wonderful Worlds AAW snapshot

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Welcome to the 401th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:

  • Netflix added a new feature this week. The Play Something feature lets Netflix choose what you watch. Netflix uses its algorithm and the things you watched before to recommend something new. The change is being rolled out to all Netflix users starting this week. Unfortunately, iOS users are left to wait a little longer but it comes there as well.
  • The Google Assistant Quick Phrases feature started rolling out this week. The new feature allows you to create multiple sets of keywords or phrases for various commands. The feature allows you to start commands without the need to say “Hey, Google” first. There are many different examples and you can hit the link for more. However, based on one of our recent reader polls, most of you will be nice to Google Assistant, even with these new expressions.
  • Google decided not to proceed with its Google bank account. The new account, dubbed Plex, was to be part of Google Pay. Unfortunately, things are going very wrong for Google Pay at the moment. The Google Pay team saw many departures after a major app renewal in November 2020. Citigroup also ceased its involvement with Google Pay (or vice versa) despite having 400,000 people on the waiting list. There are big things going on with Google Pay right now and it’s not looking good.
  • Everyone knows about the big breakup on Facebook that happened earlier this week. The service went down in the early afternoon (Eastern Standard Time) and was down for over six hours. Instagram and WhatsApp were also down. Billions of people use those three services so it was a pretty big deal. A bad update seems to have locked Facebook out of its own servers (and probably buildings) and it took a long time to get people in and the problem fixed. You can read about the disorder in both links.
  • Telegram had a great week because of the breach on Facebook. 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 out over the other chat apps. Even some of our readers joined in the face of the breach. Hit the links to learn more.

Ladies Café gown

Price: Free to play

Girls Cafe Gun Snapshot

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Girl Cafe Gun is a gacha game with a few different game mechanics. There are some simulation elements, some bullet hell elements, and some other things in there as well. The result is some diverse gameplay with a whole bunch of things to do. The combat part of the game is a third-person shooter where you dodge bullets on enemies and they return. You avoid the bullets and try to kill them before they get you. Half of the non-combat game is equal parts dating sim simulator and café. The cafe simulator part is pretty neat, but a little basic compared to the full restaurant sim experiences. The dating part has enough fan service to produce faces, but it’s not too absurd. It’s an interesting game for sure, especially if you’re into this sort of stuff.

Bolt to Tesla

Price: $ 0.99

Bolt for Tesla is a plugin for Tasker, Automate, and MacroDroid. It helps you program NFC tags to make a variety of interactions with your Tesla vehicle. Some examples include locking and unlocking the door, opening and closing the windows, activating remote start, activating the seat warmers, and many other things. The app works pretty easily. You open it, decide what you want it to do, and then it does. You need one of the above automation apps first and the app helps you get everything working. I personally do not own a Tesla so can’t test the NFC tags I made, but the process seems to have worked fine. The app runs for $ 0.99, but has no ads or otherwise in-app purchases.

Sky Warriors

Price: Free to play

Sky Warriors is an aerial shooter where you fly an airplane and shoot down enemies. The game is not too deep and only includes two game modes. The landmark mode, though, is a real-time online multiplayer. You and your friends can fly around and fight dogs with real opponents all over the place. 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 aircraft. The controls are also quite decent but can sometimes feel a bit messy on touch screens. It’s good overall, even if the heavy-touch multiplayer can feel a bit funky at times.

Project Stimulation

Price: For free

Project Activate is a new accessibility app from Google. It allows you to create automated commands using facial expressions. For example, you can get your phone to answer a call by raising your eyebrows. The app is aimed at people with diseases or disabilities that prevent their legs from being used. It worked quite well in our tests and is definitely an indication of an early attempt. This app could improve way as time goes by. Still, it’s decent for simple things like sending quick text or answering phone calls. This is a very cool approach to this particular problem and we hope Google continues to repeat and improve.

The Wonderful Worlds of Disney

Price: Free to play

Disney Wonderful Worlds is a three-game puzzle game with a bunch of popular Disney characters. The core gameplay loop is the pairing-three mechanics. That part of the game plays out like most other game-three games. However, as you move along, you are also building a Disney park with the different things you unlock. There are three parks to build on and that’s basically what keeps you playing. It’s a good experience overall although the grinders are just like most free to play games. There are also some early release bugs, but they should be resolved over time. This is an officially licensed game, but not developed by Disney.

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