When I analyze my samples, I get things like "Super-greasing lichen +5%" or "Catalyzing dust +5%". What are these used for, and are they collected somewhere?
Wild guess: these can be used somehow for speeding up production when I read the Industry Phase? (I'm still in Expansion.)
Then you are pretty through the content so far. Final Phase is currently the last phase and the start of the open end part as of now. But we plan to add additional phases around cooperation of the settlements and finally terraforming.
Also watch out for version 1.2.1 coming out in the next days (submitted today). This release also brings new content for iOS-users. Android users already have this content available via 1.2.0 that didn't make Apple approval due to the new app transparency regulations.
How many phases are there? I’m playing in Final Phase / Autonomy.
They are special boni that affect a variety of things in your settlement. Tap on "Settlement" then on "Settlement boni". There you can see the areas that are affected by analysis results. But you can find other boni there too like e.g. the "R&D speed" bonus for being sent to Mars by the "Asian Space Organization", the "Building wear & tear" bonus for having an active construction office or even mali for having low happiness.
In your case "Super-greasing lichen" boost energy production of wind turbines, "Catalyzing dust " increases the output of oxygen air miners.
Have fun settling,
Your Heiwa Games Team