Better calling with WhatsApp, targeting aliens and do you already have a second brain? That and more in this weekly roundup of the best Android apps, games and updates.
The corona measures are becoming a little stricter again and that is why this update for WhatsApp is very timely. Video calling via the most popular Dutch chat app is becoming a bit nicer again. In particular, the app update changes the screen you see while using the phone.
All buttons have been moved to the bottom of the screen. That’s great, because phone screens are getting bigger, but our hands don’t grow with them. You can now more easily hang up phone calls, mute the microphone or convert the audio call to a video call.
2. Travel app
Unfortunately, the holiday looks different this year than usual. If you do not want to be faced with nasty surprises, it is wise to download the Travel App from the central government. This allows you to find out which (corona) measures apply per country.
You can also see at a glance whether you can travel relatively safely (with code green or yellow), or whether there are risks associated with your journey (code orange and red). You can also see per country which additional rules apply to travelers from the Netherlands, whether and where the embassy is located and what else you need to take into account.
3. XCOM 2 Collection
It may have taken a while, but XCOM 2 Collection is finally available on Android. This collection includes not only the base game, but also the four expansions that have already been released. XCOM 2 came out in 2016 for PC and game consoles, so the Android version is completely customised. The suggested retail price is hefty, but you are guaranteed dozens of hours of fun.
The controls, among other things, have been overhauled. You control the tactical shooting game, where you and the computer-controlled enemy take turns making a move, so via the touchscreen. Technically, you can play the game on your Android smartphone, but a large tablet screen plays much nicer. One blemish on the Android version of XCOM 2 is that you can’t play with a controller.
4. Crash Drive 3
If XCOM 2 is on one end of the spectrum, you’ll find Crash Drive 3 on the other end. This racing game is not about calmly and logically thinking about your next step, but chaos reigns. Together with other players you race in all kinds of vehicles through a gigantic open world.
As you can tell from the title, the intention is to smash each other off the road as spectacularly as possible. In which setting you do this is up to you. There are all kinds of game forms in Crash Drive 3. For example, you can play ‘Agents against crooks’, where one half of the players has to take the other half. There is also a form of game where the aim is to demolish a gigantic beach ball together.
We currently live in an information society and are exposed to information overload all day long. Obsidian responds to that. The new app describes itself as “A second brain”. You can best think of Obsidian as a very comprehensive note-taking app with a psychological twist.
The app is non-linear. This means that in Obsidian thoughts and notes you do not necessarily put in clearly divided folders, but use connections. Via a shortcut you can link two at first sight quite arbitrary notes with each other. The app also features an extensive chart that displays all your notes, imaginings, and comments. Obsidian takes some getting used to, but the idea behind the app is fascinating.
Source: Android Planet by www.androidplanet.nl.
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