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5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

The 250th Android Apps Weekly is live! This week we talk about Niantic's next AR game, Monument Valley 2's success, a new Pokemon game, Instagram Lite, and more Android app and game news and releases!

Published onJune 30, 2018

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Welcome to the 250th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big topics from the last week:

  • The Walking Dead: Our World is the next game about the popular zombie series. It’s also the next AR game for mobile. You walk around the world fighting zombies and doing all kinds of Walking Dead stuff. The game features co-op challenges, a collecting element, and a real world element similar to Jurassic World Alive or Pokemon Go. The game officially launches on July 12th. It’s available for pre-registration now.
  • MX Player, the iconic video player app, is getting a huge overhaul. It might not be a good one, though. India’s Times Group purchased a majority stake in the app this week. They want to turn it into an streaming service for India. That’s a far cry from the rock solid local video player app that it is today. We have a lot of questions and not a ton of answers yet. For instance, MX Player is popular all around the world for its video playing capabilities. If it transitions into an India-only streaming service, what happens to the rest of us? We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
  • Monument Valley 2 made a ton of money in its first year of existence. The game boasted over $10.4 million in revenue. That’s almost double what the first Monument Valley had. Of course, iOS sales were higher than Android sales and we imagine piracy was still an issue much like the first one. However, it doesn’t seem to have affected the game that much. The budget for the second game included $2.3 million along with $516,000 in marketing. That means ustwo made a great profit out of the game. We’re happy to hear that.
  • Google Duplex is apparently ready for prime time testing. Google announced that testing is beginning soon earlier this week. Duplex will introduce itself at the beginning of the call. Businesses can opt out of the call immediately if they want a real human being on the phone. Additionally, a human can take over the call if the AI starts messing up. It’s going to be an entertaining next few weeks as this starts rolling out. We’ll have more details as they surface.
  • Niantic is working on its next proof-of-concept AR game, Codename: Neon. Niantic posted a YouTube video with people playing the game. It’s apparently a real-time, competitive multiplayer experience. Players engage with one another in the real world with their phones. It looks like a simple shooter. The video is quite remarkable and the game looks like fun. Niantic plans to let developers use this tech to build their own games similar to how they did with Ingress and Pokemon Go. We recommend hitting the link above to check out the video.

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