Welcome to the 256th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google continues to integrate their various services this week. They announced better integration between Google News and Google Assistant. Assistant now takes news from Google News for various news briefings upon request. The new feature only works in the U.S. for now. However, we expect it to roll out to a wider audience over time. Google News itself uses learning techniques for your news. Thus, it’s actually a fairly customizable solution. Hit the link for more details!
- Nova Launcher is an update to version 6.0. A point release means it’s a rather large release. The new features leaked this week. They include a revamped settings menu (finally), more adaptive icon options, and plenty of other features. The app drawer in particular gets some revamped theming options. Regular Nova Launcher gets icon re-sizing, a feature that used to be in Nova Launcher Prime only. You can check out the full list of new stuff at the link.
- The emulated retro gaming industry took a big hit this week. EmuParadise is shutting down. Nintendo threatened the popular ROM website earlier this week. The lawsuit was seeking damages for trademark infringement and for each copyrighted game. In response, the site simply shut down. It sparked conversations about out-of-print games, gaming history, and how game developers don’t preserve their work well. Those are all valid points. However, it didn’t stop EmuParadise from shutting its doors.
- Newton Mail also announced their demise this week. The premium email service was among the best of its kind. However, high prices, low subscriber numbers, and lack of growth forced the developers’ hand. It started out as CloudMagic and was almost viral in its success. However, the re-brand brought a subscription fee along with a host of new features. Most didn’t consider the new features worth the price and left. The super premium email service just wasn’t as successful as the developers thought it would be. Goodbye Newton.
- Fortnite officially launched this week (for Samsung devices only). It’s compatible with most recent Samsung devices, including the S7 Edge, S8 series, S9 series, a few of their tablets, and, of course, the Note 8 and Note 9. It’s available now in Samsung’s app store. The exclusivity should only last a few days, though. Fortnite is launching on its own website. Users download an installer app and the installer app actually installs the game. Initial opinions were mixed. The game ran fine for some and not so fine for others. However, that should improve with time. There are guides all over the place on how to install it. Additionally, Google added an extra warning to Google Play that it isn’t there. We also conducted an interview with Epic Games CEO Tom Sweeney. You can read that by clicking here!
If we missed any big Android apps or games news, updates, or releases, tell us about them in the comments! Check back next week for more!