Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: BOMBARIKA, Dank

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Dank

 

Dank

App info: Here lies the description of the greatest Reddit app ever built.

 

2. BOMBARIKA

 

BOMBARIKA

App info: Tired of playing never ending games? We present you BOMBARIKA, where you can ultimately win the game!! Locked up in a house with a bomb(s), do you have what it takes to spot the bomb(s) and push it out of the house with the help of living room objects?? YES? Are you ready to finish the game in 30 mins to experience the Game Completion screen? YES? Then welcome to the world of BOMBARIKA!!

 

3. Math Calculator

 

Math Calculator

App info: Math Calculator is a smart calculator App with multifunction. It’s convenience to do all the math problem with picture calculate function. This Calculator is the essential tool for your smartphone, simple and easy to use with a sleek design – the perfect calculator for Android.

 

4. Neverthink: The TV of the Internet

 

Neverthink

App info: Neverthink is your remote for the internet and works just like TV. All you have to do is choose a channel, lean back and enjoy all the best videos the internet has to offer, handpicked by our team who watches thousands of videos every day so you don’t have to.

 

5. Space Frontier 2

 

Space Frontier 2

App info: Space adventure awaits! And this time, humanity has no limits! Space Frontier 2 is a sequel to the insanely popular Space Frontier, a game that rose to the stratosphere with 25+ Million downloads. We listened to your feedback and came up with something beyond imagineable! 

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks and identified with an * after the name.


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Steam Link for Android hands-on: A nearly effortless game-streaming solution

A few days ago, Valve released the beta version of the Steam Link app for Android. This means that you can play your Steam library right on your phone, and it's pretty great. Though it's by no means a new concept – we've seen it before with Sony and Nvidia devices – it doesn't require either a PlayStation or a GeForce graphics card. All you need is a Steam library and your phone on the same network, plus a controller, and you're good to go.

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Update Notes for YouTube, YouTube Music, Play Store, Play Books, and Google Earth (May 19, 2018)

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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Update Notes for YouTube, YouTube Music, Play Store, Play Books, and Google Earth (May 19, 2018) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Duo v34 brings the official rollout of screen sharing, except it's totally broken [APK Download]

We've been anticipating the official launch of screen sharing in Duo for about many months, ever since a teardown in mid-October revealed it to be in development. We've even seen basically what it looks like, albeit just as a sample. Now with the rollout of v34, we can all begin sharing our screens with friends, or more likely, help our parents fix something that's not working on their phones.

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Google is reportedly working on a HoloLens-like AR headset

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As such, it isn’t too surprising to hear that Google is working on a new AR headset, based on a new report this week from WinFuture. The new AR headset will reportedly be manufactured by Quanta, which is based out of Taiwan, and will have similarities to Microsoft’s mixed reality headset, HoloLens.

That starts with the design, which the report indicates this new headset from Google will be an all-in-one device, so it won’t have to be connected to an external PC or have a phone stuck into it. The new headset will feature microphones and cameras and it will have Qualcomm-branded chips under the hood.

The headset’s codename is reportedly “Google A65″, and according to the report it is still in its early stages of development. So, even if Google does indeed plan to bring this new AR headset to market, it might still be a ways out.

As for the new chips from Qualcomm, it is reportedly the QSC603, which is a four-core chip based on ARM architecture.

With Google Glass now situated within the enterprise market, it will be interesting to see how Google can differentiate this new AR headset if it ever sees the light of day. A more robust mixed reality experience, one that aims to blend the standard AR and VR experiences into one, might help Google’s Daydream VR and ARCore initiatives find new life.


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It didn’t take long before ZTE announced it was ceasing main business operations. But the company had a surprise supporter in the form of the President of the United States, who said that he was working very hard to get ZTE “back into business”.

But it looks like ZTE’s troubles aren’t going away any time soon. The Hill is reporting that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has unanimously passed an amendment to prevent the Commerce Department from renegotiating sanctions with ZTE. All that to say that the ban against ZTE importing U.S. goods for their smartphones is being upheld as of now.

“This amendment, which passed with the unanimous support of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, shows that, when the United States enacts sanctions, we stand behind them,” said Congressman Ruppersberger, who lead the amendment. “It will also prevent a foreign company that is beholden to its government – and that ignores embargoes – from infiltrating the devices and networks that are now indispensable to American life.”

As it stands right now, it does not look like ZTE will be ramping up its operations again. And while the U.S. President has previously directed the U.S. Commerce Department to figure out a way to get ZTE back into business, this amendment makes that unlikely, too.

Sources: The Hill, Congressman Ruppersberger


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