Welcome to the 272nd edition of Android Apps weekly! Here are the big headlines from last week:
- Microsoft has some big plans for Microsoft Edge. For starters, EdgeHTML is the replacement for the much more popular Chromium. Microsoft claims that the change helps them to release more updates and work across platforms. The good news is that this may allow some serious developments, such as MacOS support. However, it also means that Chrome has devoured another competitor. Opera also uses Chromium as the basis for its operation. In any case, you can click on the link to learn more.
- Google's chat apps are having a pretty bad week. Google Hangouts turns into a chat platform similar to Slack or Discord. The change should take place until 2020. Once upon a time there were a few features not to be Android's iMessage, so it's an amazing change. Then Google announced the closure of Google Allo. Google provides many features on Android Messages, an SMS app with RCS support. It seems that Google considers RCS to be the future. These are two more social platforms from Google that can be used to bite 2018 along with Spaces and Google +.
- Epic Games had an exciting week. Fortnite got a new game feature. There is now a creative mode similar to the creative mode in Minecraft. In addition, the company announced a competitor for Steam and the Google Play Store. The Epic Games Store houses PC and mobile games in one place. This could be a big deal, since no other business covers both platforms. It's not a bad idea how many indie games appear on both PC and mobile devices. We will see how that works.
- Google officially announced Hummingbird this week. The Hummingbird platform is a simple idea with a complicated design. It allows developers to build a single app that runs on a variety of platforms, including iOS, the Internet, and Android. All-in-one toolkits are usually fake and support a single platform with a few functions for a second. Hummingbird has the opportunity to be the first of its kind that is not terrible. Click on the link for more information!
- Google has announced its best results for 2018 in the Google Play Store. There have been many winners in a number of categories, including PUBG Mobile (favorite fan and favorite), YouTube TV (favorite fan), Avengers: Infinity War (favorite fan), Drops (best app), Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff (best eBook), 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson (Best Audiobook) and The Walking Dead (Best TV Series). You can click on the link to see all the options and check them out on Google Play!
Gorogoa is a new indie puzzle game. It contains elements similar to the "Framed" series by Noodlecake Games. The game has a range of comic styles that compile and combine players into a complete story. It has hand-drawn graphics, a funny action and simple mechanics. The game itself is pretty fun. However, the carefully crafted animations and stories are the real story here. Those who like thoughtful stories should really enjoy them. The game is a bit short, but most people do not seem to mind. It costs $ 4.99 without in-app purchases or advertising. This is also from the same developer of Florence, a slice-of-life narration game.
Yahoo Play is Yahoo's latest app. It's a pop culture app and has tons of celebrity, pop culture and entertainment stuff. It also does a few other things. In essence, it is a news app with news from the pop culture scene. However, it also contains original video series as well as interesting facts and quizzes. To be honest, there is a lot to do in this app. However, it suffers from errors and slow load times. It definitely needs some work. This might be fun for those who like entertainment, but we recommend waiting for Yahoo to fix the problem.
Command and Conquer: The rivals saw their global launch earlier this week. It is a dueling-style fighting game. Players select a hero, build an army and fight against other players online against a fight. The game mechanics also includes strategy elements. Players must control the battlefield and resupply their troops to win. Of course, your army is customizable as well. The game currently has some serious problems. Low-level players are compared to players who are considerably more powerful, and it's a bit annoying. Otherwise it is not half a bad game.
Google's annual Santa Tracker app can be found on both the Play Store and the Play Store. It has about the same content as last year. These include a few kid-friendly mini-games, a big-day countdown timer, and a few other little fun pieces. The app then follows Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to the delight of young children. The mini-games are not particularly impressive, but they are good enough for most younger kids. It's a colorful and fun way to track Santa every year. It's also completely free, with no ads or in-app purchases. Thank you, Google!
Absolute Drift is the latest game by Noodlecake Studios. It is a very mobile game with a racing theme. Players drift around corners, avoid obstacles and collect small red balls for points. The game is not fast, but surprisingly intense. There is also a relaxing soundtrack that brings everything together. The game also features six cars, three game modes, a night mode, leaderboards and even the support of Bluetooth controllers. It costs a very reasonable $ 2.99 and has no ads or additional in-app purchases. What is not to like?
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