- 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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Mosaic from Steven Soderbergh is a unique app. It's sort of a TV show that plays like a game. The viewer chooses the path they want. The app then shows a scene for that decision. It also has decent replay value since viewers can go back and choose a different path the next time. The app also features cross-platform support with the web, behind the scenes stuff, and more. It's also entirely free. It's definitely very interesting and something different.
Bury me, my Love is a new text game. The game tells the story of a refugee and her husband. The two communicate as one deals with the rigors of surviving as a refugee. The whole game takes place in a messaging app complete with emoji, selfies, and even relevant links. It is a text game. Thus, there are no graphics to speak of or even any difficult game play mechanics. It's just you texting messaging a person in game format. In that, it's kind of fun, actually. It's also $2.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
Datally is a new app from Google. It features a variety of mobile data saving functions. That includes an app-by-app control for data, usage metrics, recommendations, and even a Wi-Fi finder function. The idea is to help people use as little data as possible while still doing the things that they want. It's not as big of a thing in places like the United States, but it's definitely useful for many in developing markets or in countries where unlimited data isn't normal. The app is entirely free, super lightweight, and it has more features coming soon.
Neverending Nightmares is a new psychological horror game. It borrows inspiration from the developer's own mental illness. People play as Thomas as he wakes up from a nightmare only to discover that he is still in a nightmare. The hand-drawn, black-and-white style graphics are effective, if simple. The color of blood helps drive home the various horror elements. It's something a little bit different. The game goes for $3.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements. We liked that a lot.
Ready for Reddit is a new Reddit app. It features a clean UI along with some good looking Material Design. The app also has various layout styles, multiple themes, and some of the cleaner looking comments we've seen in a Reddit app. It's in beta. That means the developer is actively working on stability and bugs. However, it's definitely one to keep an eye on as it gets closer to completion. The app is free with ads. The full version with no ads is $2.99.
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