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Welcome to the 409th version of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the massive headlines from the final week:

  • The Unicode Consortium introduced the most well-liked emoji from 2021. They embrace the laughing with tears, coronary heart, the opposite laughing with tears, thumbs up, and crying. Believe it or not, three of the highest 5 are the identical in 2021 as they had been in 2019, the final time the record was launched. Hit the hyperlink to be taught extra or hit this hyperlink to be taught how one can lastly make canine emoji combos in Gboard.
  • New flags are current within the newest developer construct of Chrome OS that strongly means that official Steam help is coming. The flags had been for Borealis, the group liable for Steam help on the platform. This has some main repercussions, together with making Chrome OS an truly respectable place to seek out AAA video games. The developer construct has to make its method by means of beta after which to secure earlier than any of us will see it.
  • An inside FBI doc circulating round reveals that WhatsApp and iMessage give essentially the most data to the FBI. The doc mentions varied different messaging apps and their varied involvement with the feds. Signal and Telegram are two bigger platforms that give the FBI just about nothing. Hit the hyperlink to view the infographic for your self and see how effectively your messaging app does among the many ones listed. We assume many readers are unhappy about WhatsApp’s involvement, particularly contemplating what number of of them use WhatsApp’s stickers.
  • Spotify launched Spotify Wrapped 2021. This magical time of 12 months provides you all types of insights into what you listened to. Spotify customers can test it out within the app and share neat little playing cards with their mates on social media. Sharing the Wrapped playing cards is a fairly large a part of the vacation season for Spotify customers. Hit the hyperlink to discover ways to discover yours and share it with others.
  • It’s that point of 12 months for end-of-the-year lists of the very best issues. Google Play introduced theirs this week and you’ll test it out on the hyperlink. Google Play’s picks embrace Pokemon Unite, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, and plenty of different video games. For apps, Google Play selected Balance, Canva, Clubhouse, Whatifi, Disney+, MyFitnessPal, and plenty of others.

Postknight 2

Price: Free to play

Postknight 2 is the sequel to the indie sport hit Postknight from 2017. The sport payments itself as an off-the-cuff journey RPG the place you combat by means of enemies to ship items to folks. The sport revolves round supply quests and rating up as a Postknight. There are a wide range of places to ship to and from, easy however enjoyable fight, and a number of other totally different units of apparatus to grasp. It employs enjoyable 2D graphics and the entire sport is executed properly.

Wacom Note screenshot

Wacom is finest recognized for its tablets in addition to the know-how behind the Galaxy Note S Pen. It’s truly fairly cool that the corporate has its personal note-taking app. The app helps you to draw and write issues after which converts your handwritten notes into digital paperwork. There can also be a Semantic Ink operate that analyses your notes and provides contextual data as you write out your stuff. It labored okay in our testing. This one clearly works finest for units with a stylus so these with out one could miss out on a number of the cooler options.

Kingdom Two Crowns

Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases

Kingdom Two Crowns is a brand new sport from Raw Fury, builders of Kathy Rain, Whispers of a Machine, Dandara, and Bad North. This one is a side-scrolling technique sport. Players construct themselves a kingdom, recruit folks into the dominion, after which defend it from monsters. The sport additionally boasts a co-op mode (by way of split-screen native multiplayer), a number of settings, and fascinating gameplay. We particularly like how there isn’t a lot of a tutorial so a part of the enjoyable of the sport is determining how one can play the sport. The base sport is $6.99 and there’s a $2.99 add-on if you need it.

Wallpaper Engine

Price: Free / $3.99

Wallpaper Engine screenshot

Wallpaper Engine is a cellular port of the favored Windows PC app from Steam. Basically, you create a reside wallpaper on the Windows model of the app after which you may port it to your Android machine with this app and apply it to your telephone. You can, after all, make wallpapers immediately on the telephone as effectively. The service helps movies, GIFs, and interactive 2D and 3D scenes. Some different options embrace a playlist that modifications your wallpaper routinely, no advertisements, and your wallpapers routinely pause in the event you have interaction energy financial savings mode. The app is free, however the full expertise requires the Windows model of the app for apparent causes.

Rocket League Sideswipe

Price: Free to play

Rocket League Sideswipe is the official cellular model of Rocket League. This model is a 2D side-scroller versus the 3D model on PC and console. Otherwise, the purpose is generally the identical. You drive your automobile round, ram the ball into the opposing purpose, and ram into your opponents to cease them from doing the identical. Matches are two minutes lengthy and we admire fast matches on a cellular sport. Some different options embrace a 1v1 and 2v2 mode together with personal matches, on-line aggressive matches, a season move with further unlockables, and extra. The sport is new and appears to be affected by some crash points, however in any other case, it’s wanting like a reasonably strong cellular sport.

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