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5 Android apps you should not miss this week



Screenshot of AAW Water Resistance Tester

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Welcome to the 388th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:

  • Samsung ends its support for Samsung Cloud. This week, the company extended its close date to November 30, 2021. People can easily migrate their stuff to OneDrive before the end of October 2021. We’m not sure why Samsung is ending support, but it’s probably a lack of interest and use. The original expiration date was August 31st, so Samsung gave people two months to get their stuff out.
  • In 2014, Sundar Pichai said he wanted Android and Chrome OS on every possible screen. Years later, it actually brings Microsoft Android apps to Windows, and it uses Amazon to do so. Our own Robert Triggs pontificates about the implications of this and how Google did not deliver, but Microsoft did not.
  • Google is experimenting with a new feature in Google Chrome. The function places search results in a horizontal scroll. Google calls it continuous search. This feature is available in the Flags section of Chrome. Click on the link to learn more about how it works and how to activate it.
  • Google is facing another competition case in the United States. The lawsuit claims that Google is abusing its power at the top by charging developers too much fee to use the platform. This is part of a much longer, ongoing battle with Epic Games. Fortnite was pulled from Google Play for the same reason. A later update gave us more details. There are 36 US states involved in the trial. Google says the lawsuit ignores the bigger issue, with the biggest competitor being Apple’s App Store and not other Android app stores. Keep an eye out for this one, it might get interesting.

Orion

Price: Available

Orion screenshot

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Orion is a dating app with a sense of humor. It helps you build your profile with suggestions and prays and helps break the ice by asking questions to both people. The app focuses primarily on chat and competes directly with services such as Hinge and Tinder. The app is relatively new, so there are several bugs. Most complain about account creation and login issues. Otherwise, it seems to be a pretty enjoyable experience. We hope the developers keep making things better.

Get it on Google Play


Rage of Destiny

Price: Free to play

Rage of Destiny is a free game similar to games like AFK Arena. Players have fun controlling heroes, leveling and doing things, but the majority of the game takes place while the player is not logged on. The graphics look pretty good and the gameplay is decent enough. You can of course pay to get ahead, but it’s not as pay-to-win as some other games in the genre. Some people complain that it looks like Mobile Legends: Adventure, but it’s only a problem if you played a game and moved on to this.

Get it on Google Play


Dogname

Price: Free / up to $ 2.99

Dogname screenshot 2021

Joe Hindy / Android Authority

Dogname is a simple app. It helps people come up with a name for their new dog with their significant other. The app contains over 30,000 names. It presents the names in short format similar to apps like Tinder. You iron one way on the names you like and the other way on names you do not. From there, your partner does the same. The app notifies you when you both find something you like. Even if it’s for dogs, you can pretty much name everything with this app so it works for all pets. Honestly, a version of this for babies would also prevent a lot of arguing. In any case, it works well.

Get it on Google Play


Shiny Nikki

Price: Free to play

Shining Nikki is the sequel to the popular Love Nikki game. It’s a fashion game where players dress Nikki in different outfits. The studio reportedly worked on this game for three years. The result is an absolute ton of clothes to adorn Nikki on. Players play through the game, dressing Nikki and doing things like photo shoots for magazines and other such events. There is definitely a sim and a fashion sim on it. It is not the most popular genre, but it has a loyal following. Make no mistake, this is a pretty big game, so be sure to check your storage space before downloading. Some players also find the game repetitive after a while. Otherwise, it’s a good fashion game.

Get it on Google Play


Water resistance tests

Price: Available

Water Resistance Tester is an interesting app. It uses the barometer in your app to see if your weather seal is still intact. Basically, the app has you tapping on your phone with both thumbs up and measuring the pressure in your device. It states that the device is sealed if the pressure rises when you press and does not seal if the pressure does not increase when pressed. This is actually a pretty useful little tool. Losing your phone or age can cause the seal to break, so this is useful to make sure your phone is still waterproof. We are not 100% sure how accurate it is, but we tested it with an IP68 device and a non-resistant device, and the app called it both times. Nice!

Get it on Google Play


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