Welcome to the 436th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from last week:
- We asked our readers if they still store music on their phones locally. It turns out that almost 70% of our readers still listen to music without streaming it. Some of our readers told their stories about losing their huge collections and just giving up or streaming is cheaper than buying. But some people also talk about their rare collection of things that you can not easily find anymore.
- File transfers on Android are much better than they used to be, but they can still be quite an annoying experience. Our author, Dhruv Bhutani, talked about how he gets around Android file system limitations using know-how and applications. Click on the link to learn more.
- We did another reader survey this week asks people how they watch new TV shows. Most of our readers watch TV in every possible way, but others still try to watch TV shows while they are broadcasting or wait until the season is over to binge-watch it all. You can click on the link to check it out.
- Google launched Android 13 beta 3 last week. It is the first beta release to reach the Platform Stability milestone. Betas should have minor changes until the final release. Platform stability is where Google stops adding new stuff, so app developers have time to update their apps for the official launch of Android 13. You should see app developers release updates to officially support Android 13 from now on.
- It is rumored that Netflix is negotiating to buy Roku. This would be a big deal as Roku is one of the three major set-top box operating systems. Both companies are currently struggling, though, and a merger could help them both. However, this is only in the rumor stage, so we will keep an eye on it and let you know if anything changes.
Award: Free / Up to $ 4.99
Music Pro is a new app from Sony, and it is especially for Sony phones. It does not actually play music as the name suggests. Instead, it’s mostly for recording audio files. It’s decent for a recorder, and you get a nice waveform animation when you do that. The claim to fame for this is the ability to monitor yourself while recording if you use wired headphones. There are also some tuning features to help you get a better sound out of your recordings, but it’s a premium feature. Unfortunately I do not have a Sony phone so I could not test this, but it seems quite uncomplicated.
MU Origin 3
Award: Free to play
MU Origin 3 is a new MMORPG and the second to be launched in two weeks, with Diablo Immortal as the other. This one has three customizable classes, which are mainly melee, distance and magic. It also has an open world, cross-server PvP, lots of prey and other MMORPG staples like flying. It’s a pretty straightforward MMORPG experience, but it does handle all the usual MMORPG stuff properly. It has many menus that are confusing at first, and autoplay is not everyone’s cup of tea. It has its ups and downs, but it should be quite popular for a while.
Super Notes is a note-taking application with a user interface reminiscent of Google Keep. You get the main screen with your notes in different colors. It also supports lists, images, rich text, night mode and some other things. You can lock this app with your fingerprint to stay away from prying eyes. In addition, you can export notes to PDF or TXT files if you want. It costs $ 5.99 in advance but has no ads or in-app purchases. Overall, it’s pretty nice if you need that extra level of privacy, but other note-taking apps hold up pretty well otherwise.
A story about a company
Award: Free to play
A Story of A Company is the latest game from Buff Studios, developers of Underworld Office and Buff Knight. This is a visual romance game similar to Underworld Office. You follow the story of everyday life for a group of human and animal hybrids in their completely normal office environment. There is no real mechanics, but it is a sign of the genre at large. You mostly just read the story, make some decisions and enjoy until you reach the end. There are several finishes, epilogues and achievements for the player. It’s a pretty chill game overall, and Buff Studios makes a pretty good visual novel in general.
Microsoft Lists is a productivity tool for people who use Office 365 as part of their job. It allows you to manage your work, track information and keep order. It’s similar to things like Asana or Basecamp, but on a smaller scale. The app comes with various templates to help you create things quickly, collaboration features that include colleagues and integrations with other Microsoft products. Much of the negative feedback comes from the fact that this is not a note-taking app or a list app, despite the name. However, it works well enough provided your job uses Office 365.
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