Welcome to the 220th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- Google now bans apps for lock screen ads. Their reasoning is that apps that don’t replace the lock screen simply shouldn’t be there. We happen to agree. The most high profile app to try this was ES File Explorer last year. Developers removed the ads after backlash. With these new rules, nonsense like that won’t happen again. This is a good move by Google.
- Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp received an estimated 15 million downloads in its opening week. That’s quite a bit more than Fire Emblem Heroes and a lot less than Super Mario Run. That’s an encouraging start for Nintendo’s latest mobile game. We don’t have sales stats or active user numbers yet. Thus, we can’t make any deeper comparisons. It should do better than Fire Emblem Heroes, though, and Fire Emblem Heroes didn’t do half bad.
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to mobile in China. Bluehole sold part of its rights to Tencent, developer of League of Legends and other games. Thus, Tencent holds exclusive rights to distribute the game in China. The game should be a full adaptation of the original. We certainly hope that the game makes it to other countries outside of China. However, we’ll have to wait and see how that goes.
- Microsoft Edge is officially out of beta. An update this week removed the tag. Thus, the browser is now official. It includes sync support with the desktop version along with a QR code scanner. The browser is surprisingly good. It won’t usurp the top competitors in the space just yet. However, Edge doesn’t share the stimga that Internet Explorer had. There are still a few bugs here and there according to Google Play reviews. However, it’s a good, basic browser for Windows users.
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