Welcome to the 239th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from this week:
- PUBG Corp is suing NetEase. NetEase launched Rules of Survival and Knives Out, two games that are remarkably similar to PUBG Mobile. In fact, they were so similar that people thought they were actually PUBG. Both games make use of many of PUBG’s mechanics, including the pre-play zone, sky diving into the battlefield, shrinking battle zones, and more. We’ll see how this one turns out as well.
- To the surprise of no one, Apple’s App Store continues to make way more money than Google Play while Google Play accrues more downloads. The only thing that changes year-to-year is by how much. This year, the App Store out-earned Google Play by about 85%. The gap continues to shrink slowly, but it’ll still be a long time before Google catches up.
- Some hackers caused havoc on YouTube this week. They gained access to some of Vevo’s accounts. From there, they took down videos, put up different videos, and caused all sorts of problems. The hack had nothing to do with YouTube, thankfully. It was all on Vevo’s end, according to YouTube. Vevo has since patched the vulnerability and are working to put their channels back together.
- ESPN launched a new streaming service this week. The service calls itself ESPN Plus and it costs $5 per month. According to ESPN, it offers content for MLB, NHL, boxing, soccer, college sports, PGA, and many others. The NFL and NBA are noticeably absent, though. We imagine that matters to many sports fans. Those interested have a 30-day free trial ahead of them to check it out. This might actually be pretty decent as long as you don’t mind not having American football or basketball.
- Hulu and Spotify teamed up for a new bundled package. You can now get Spotify and Hulu for $13 per month. The deal includes Spotify’s premium service as well as Hulu’s premium experience with ads. That’s not a bad deal. There is a catch, though. For now, the deal is only available for Spotify premium members. That should open up in the future, though.
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