Welcome to the 232nd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines this week:
- Swype keyboard is dead. The longtime iconic keyboard shut its doors earlier this week. Swype was the first keyboard with gesture typing, a feature copied by SwiftKey, Gboard, and many other keyboards. It was originally a feature on specific mobile devices. It eventually became its own app. The company is focusing on developing AI solutions for businesses, whatever that means. Goodbye Swype.
- Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo’s most financially successful game right now. The game pulled down about $295 million in its first year. This is vastly more than Super Mario Run and obviously more than the now defunct Miitomo. It’s obviously not the highest earner in the mobile gaming universe. However, it is officially Nintendo’s strongest foothold in the industry. We expect more freemium Nintendo games to follow suit.
- Flixster shut its doors in the US this week. Fandango acquired Flixster a couple of years ago. Apparently it hasn’t been as successful as planned. Now, the app is shutting down its video streaming service. They now direct their customers to Vudu. It still lets people order movie tickets and view reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s really only shutting down the video streaming part.
- Snap responded to user feedback this week. Many people panned the latest UI overhaul and feature update. The company still refused a roll back to the previous UI. However, they did announce more UI changes, including customizable tabs to better differentiate between various features. These changes should roll out in the coming weeks.
- Last week we talked about Reply. It’s a new Google initiative to bring quick replies to non-Google messaging apps. An APK turned up this week. It’s available on APK Mirror right now. The app is still in testing. Thus, it has bugs and it’s not overly stable. However, it’s a chance to check out what Google has cooking with this project. The app is, of course, free to download. This the link for more details!
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