Welcome to the 247th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Apparently, there are a number of fake Fortnite beta APKs going around. A bunch of bogus websites are in on the scam. Pundits believe the scam aims for the younger audience that may not know any better when browsing online. There are a variety of ads that make the initiative look legitimate, but they’re really not. These apps don’t let you play Fortnite at all. It’s just a name on an app. We highly recommend you not download them.
- Square Enix Montreal canceled their Go series games this week. The current games, Lara Croft Go, Hitman Go, and Deus Ex Go remain on Google Play for right now. However, no new games are coming to the series. Executives blame a lackluster premium game market. Let’s face facts, they’re right. People simply don’t spend money on premium games on mobile. This is a sad day, though, as the Go games were among the best in their genre.
- Facebook just can’t stop messing up right now. A new report shows Facebook still showing data to third parties. This contradicts the answers Mark Zuckerberg gave Congress a while back. The third parties include some big names in tech, including Microsoft, Applke, BlackBerry, Samsung, and many others. Facebook already closed off access to some tech companies like Huawei, though. Frankly, this is a giant mess. We’ll keep you updated when we learn more.
- BlueStacks and MSI partnered up for a new app player on PC. The new app player is basically just a customized version of BlueStacks. However, it has a few extra optimizations and MSI’s name. The hope is to get more people playing mobile games on PC. This does introduce some unlikely and unfortunate side effects, though. For instance, PUBG Mobile is playable with a mouse and keyboard and that kind of wrecks the spirit of the mobile version of the game. However, PUBG Mobile developers stated that updates are coming that would prevent the two types of players from playing together.
- Microsoft purchased GitHub this week. The deal cost Microsoft around $7.5 billion. The GitHub community was a little worried about the deal. However, Microsoft announced that GitHub would operate on its own as it always has. Meanwhile, in the background, Microsoft wants to use GitHub to improve their developer offerings. This could actually be pretty decent news. Most only highlight properties that Microsoft didn’t do well with. However, Microsoft has been on a tear lately with properties like Minecraft so maybe GitHub isn’t in too much trouble.
If we missed any great Android apps or games news, updates, or releases, tell us about them in the comments! Come back next Saturday at noon EST for more!