Welcome to the 217th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google has big plans for AR in 2018. The ARCore project is making great strides to that effect. The goal is to bring AR to hundreds of millions of Android devices in the next 12 months. Some apps, like Yelp, Pokemon Go, and IKEA have AR already. The goal is to give developers more incentive and tools for better AR apps. It should be a pretty epic year if they pull it off.
- Telltale Games had a pretty bad week. It laid off 25% of its employees. The company is restructuring after a rather lackluster 2017. This despite many decent games, including titles for Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2. It also announced two new games and a change in game engines. It should be a good 2018 for them.
- Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is close to release. Square Enix put the game on Google Play for pre-registration this week. The game should be most of the actual console version of the game. It tells the story across ten chapters. It won’t look as good as the console version. Obviously, the graphics are more mobile friendly. For instance, the characters have a chibi design instead of the design from the console version of the game. It’s a premium game, not a freemium game. Thus, the price tag should be rather large.
- Snapchat for Android is changing soon. CEO Evan Speigel announced a complete re-design. The app has long lagged behind its iOS counterpart. Speigel acknowledged that it was probably the reason people don’t want to use it on Android. There is no word on when the redesign is coming. However, it should be a welcome change because the current app kind of sucks.
- Niantic announced a new game this week. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is Niantic’s follow up to the popular Pokemon Go. In Niantic fashion, the game should be AR. There aren’t a ton of details. Players learn spells and explore the world. There are beasts to fight and other such things. We’ll know more in 2018 when the game launches.
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