Welcome to the 234th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- Nintendo put Super Mario Run on sale this week in honor of Mario Day. The game is 50% off until March 25th. This is an excellent chance to pick up the platformer for cheap. A lot of people don’t like that it’s not a regular Mario game. However, it’s still better than many other mobile platformers. At $4.99, it’s actually a pretty good deal.
- Epic Games announced Fortnite: Battle Royale for Android and iOS this week. The company intends on bringing its massive 100-player battles directly to mobile. There could be some mishaps. It’s a shooter with survival mechanics. That may not translate well on mobile. However, Epic Games is handling development in-house instead of going with a third party game developer. That could be great news. We’ll let you know more when we learn more.
- Android P is out now in its first developer preview. It has a lot of stuff coming for apps, including new and updated APIs for better app development. However, it’s not all fun and games. Android P blocks custom overlays, including the popular Substratum. The developers of Substratum aren’t going down without a fight, though. There is a change.org petition to reverse what Google did to custom overlays. Here’s hoping it works!
- Spotify is urging its users to use the actual Spotify app. This is a small crackdown on piracy since many third party apps give Spotify premium features away for free. The streaming giant has an upcoming IPO. This is likely an attempt to clean house a bit before they sell any shares. For now, it’s just an email. However, we imagine that they’ll start cracking down for real eventually. Plan accordingly.
- Jurassic World Alive was announced this week. It’s a new AR-style game similar to Pokemon Go and the upcoming Harry Potter game by Niantic Labs. Players explore the real world and collect virtual dinosaurs in the process. Collectors then battle their dinosaurs against other people. It should be something a little different, but not much since Pokemon Go already exists. The game should be out sometime this spring.
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