Welcome to the 262nd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Let’s take a look at the big headlines this week:
- Google went on a re-branding spree this week. First up, the Google Feed changed from, well, Google Feed to simply Discover. Meanwhile, the Chrome team changed Incognito Mode to Private Mode. Finally, Google Keep is changing to Google Keep Notes or, more likely, Google Notes. It’s interesting that all the names are simpler and more popular versions of the original name. We don’t think that any of these products needed a re-brand. However, Google did and it is what it is. These changes should roll out over the coming weeks and months.
- Weather Timeline bit the dust this week. The developer removed the app from Google Play. Previous users can still download the app. However, those are the only people that can now. The developer gave low download numbers as the reason for it. It had a large push upon launch but kind of fell off over time. However, there is a silver lining. Weather Timeline still works for those that still have access. It should work for the foreseeable future as well. It’s tough being a single developer in the Play Store these days. Bon voyage, Weather Timeline.
- HQ Trivia is getting some company soon. The developers announced a new game this week. HQ Words is a lot like Wheel of Fortune. Players guess phrases against a timer. It’s not too different from HQ Trivia in terms of pure mechanics. Real people play in real time over the course of several rounds. The winners get some prizes at the end. HQ is auditioning hosts. They want someone different from Scott Rogowski so that HQ Words has its own style and feel. The game should be out sometime in October 2018.
- Google Daydream is getting a huge influx of apps soon. In fact, it’s getting every Android app. It should work a lot like Google Chrome does in Daydream VR right now. The app is still in 2D. However, it appears in the 3D space. It’s not overly beautiful visually. However, it adds a ton of usability to the Daydream platform. VR apps come out frequently, but not in enough volume to make a serious difference. This, on the other hand, will make a serious difference. The changes should roll out sometime soon according to Google.
- Telltale Games is in serious trouble. By that, we mean they’re shutting down. The studio laid off its entire staff sans about 25 employees. The remaining employees plan on finishing some projects. Otherwise, Telltale Games is on its way down. The developer had a few really great years with some of the best narrative-driven adventure games in all of mobile gaming. It was a favorite of ours and featured on many of our game lists. It’s sad to see such a talented group of people disband. However, its more recent games simply didn’t sell well and the studio didn’t evolve its style much over time. We will miss you, Telltale Games.
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