- The app news was a bit slow this week so let’s take a trip back in time. Did you know that Roku was almost a part of Netflix? In fact, Netflix made the first Roku device. It was the Netflix player. Netflix had to remain neutral to appease its hardware partners, however, and so it was eventually spun off to be its own thing. Pretty neat, right?
- WhatsApp had some announcements this week. The first is face unlock support for Android. Additionally, WhatsApp is replacing fingerprint unlocking with biometric unlocking to bring the face-unlocking feature to the crease. The chat service also offers calling functions for desktop and web clients.
- Google Play Music will shut down. Some users reported that the app stopped working and encouraged them to switch to YouTube Music instead. The web player is no longer accessible to some people either. We knew that day was coming, so this is no surprise.
- The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google this week. This one covers Google’s dominance in online search and search advertising, but there could be more later. In addition, 11 US states have joined the lawsuit. It attacks Google’s strategy of paying other platforms billions of dollars a year to stay the default search provider on those platforms. Click the link to learn more.
- Quibi is terminating its streaming service. The unique online service only had ten-minute shows and cost $ 4.99 a month. Plus, it was only available for iOS and Android. Apparently these items did not click on anyone and the lack of popularity resulted in the service being closed. We don’t know the exact closing date and Quibi is still able to sell its properties.
Universe in a nutshell
Price: 2,99 $
Universe in a Nutshell is an educational app about the universe. There are tons of fun facts out there about the universe, especially the scale between the smallest and the largest things. The main attraction of the app is the ability to slide your finger over bigger and bigger things and compare the size of small things with big things. It’s a fun little app with excellent execution for kids and adults alike. We also like that there is a single price instead of in-app purchases.
Price: Play for free
Pac-Man Geo is the latest version of Pac-Man from Bandai Namco. It’s actually a pretty neat idea. You play Pac-Man with real cards from around the world. Unlike Pokemon Go, however, you don’t necessarily have to be there. Players can also create maps of things around them and share them with other players. The free-to-play aspect confuses things a bit, but you get power-ups and collectibles. The big problems are mostly early mistakes and clunky mechanics. There’s nothing wrong with this game, but we’ll have to see if the developers actually do it.
NFL GameDay in True View
NFL GameDay in True View is a different way of experiencing football. The app lets you view highlights and other things right above the field. The technology uses a variety of 5k cameras to capture video from across the stadium for an even more immersive experience. However, it’s only available to a few people, and that makes it a rather niche product. It would be really cool to see this become available to more people more often.
Price: Play for free
Illusion Connect is a strategy RPG with gacha elements. The game features 50 characters as well as a social mechanic to get acquainted with as you collect and upgrade. Combat is a turn-based style of RPG, with some very, very slight elements of strategy, and you can even do things like design a house. It’s a bit basic in terms of mechanics. However, the game is very player-friendly and has received some positive early reviews for this reason. It seems like a decent game for gacha fans.
Trove is a new photo app from Microsoft. However, this will not help you edit or take photos. Instead, it helps you sell them. The idea is pretty simple. Microsoft needs photos for various AI projects. You sign up for the project, send him photos, and Microsoft pays you if they use your photos. Not many photos are currently available, and Microsoft promises to stop selling photos to third parties once they are ready. Otherwise, it’s a great way to train AI while also giving something back to the people who took the photos.
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