5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week

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Welcome to the 403rd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the headlines from the past week:

  • WhatsApp officially deploys end-to-end encrypted backups. Deployment began on October 15, so most users should have it already. The new features allow users to lock their private messages on Google Drive or iCloud behind a password or 64-bit encryption key. Click on the link to find out how to do it.
  • This week’s Wednesday wallpaper was released along with six more great wallpapers. This week featured some great cityscapes as well as wallpapers from the Android Authority team. Click on the link to view them.
  • Google mobile search received its biggest update in years this week. The world’s most popular search engine now has infinite scrolling. Basically instead of going to page two the site now keeps scrolling endlessly. The change was first applied to English users in the US, and more will follow over time.
  • Brave Browser now has its own search engine. The new search engine, Brave Search, offers many of the same features as DuckDuckGo. It doesn’t track your usage or anything like that. It is now the default search engine in Brave Browser. There are probably concerns about its proper functioning. However, Brave says that when the app can’t find something, it will always look for other search providers.
  • Android 12 officially launched this week. With it came a plethora of new features for both the operating system and the applications. Some include the new screenshot feature, a game mode API, a game dashboard (coming later this year), AppSearch, and more. Click on the link to see it all.

Resortopia

Price: Free to play

Screenshot of Resortopia

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Resortopia is a simulation game. You start with a giant resort building and need to build a bunch of entertainment venues. People come to visit your complex and give you the funds to continue building the complex. The main game loop includes leveling up your resort, decorating everything, and interacting with the characters. You then rinse it off and repeat over and over again. There are ads, but they’re not too bad. Otherwise, the game is free.


Discount key

Price: To free

RebateKey 2021 screenshot

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RebateKey is a shopping app for deals. Basically it shows you a bunch of items with active discounts. You purchase the item, follow the procedure, and RebateKey returns the rebate money to you. It actually pays off and you can Google the business and see for yourself. The app looks pretty basic. It shows you the different offers and you can check out the discounts. This one is brand new, but as long as they pay it should work fine for the most part.


Fantasy Sprites

Price: Free to play

Sprite Fantasia is the sequel to Grand Fantasia Online and it is an MMORPG. As such, it plays like most MMORPGs on mobile. You get a big world to explore, enemies to beat, and quests to do. The game includes a sprite character that follows you everywhere and helps you fight the bad guys. The game certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously and also contains some mini-games to pass the time. The story is decent, albeit a bit quick and everything is well put together.


Funetix

Price: To free

Funetix is ​​a literacy application for children. The app contains a tutorial experience which includes 40 modules with fully commented and animated tutoring. It is designed to help teach children to read without the adult always having to be there. There are a variety of activities as well as pronunciation guides, cute characters, and more. It’s also completely free, so it can’t hurt to give it a try.


NBA now 22

Price: Free to play

NBA Now 22 is the latest sports game from Com2uS (developers of Golf Star, MLB 9 Innings and Ace Fishing). It is an arcade basketball game with simulation elements. The game actually lets you play basketball, although the controls are a bit basic. You can also collect players through card packs. The game features the official NBA schedule for this season, an accurate roster, and you can even collect retired players. It’s a decent overall experience, although I wish the orders were better.


If we missed any big news on Android apps or games, let us know in the comments or email us at [email protected]
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