Welcome to the 263rd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Trivia Crack 2 is finally almost here. The game was in development for five years. It’s now in pre-registration on Google Play. The core game play should be about the same as the previous game. That includes multiplayer trivia games with a wheel spinner. Most of the differences come in the UI, a few new game play mechanics, and more. The game features hundreds of thousands of questions and it’s available in more than 20 languages. We will tell you more when we get our hands on the game upon its release.
- Slack purchased the Astro email app this week and promptly shut it down. We don’t know for how much money. In any case, the entire tech space knows what this probably means. Slack is a productivity chat app for business. Astro is an email client with AI elements. There isn’t a huge leap in logic here. Astro will officially close down on October 10th. After that, we imagine that Slack will work on their new email client. Slack is pretty spectacular so we have high expectations for its future email services.
- Mozilla launched Firefox Monitor this week and we like it a lot. Firefox Monitor is a new site that checks your accounts for you. It lets you know if accounts become hacked or otherwise compromised. That way you can get them under control before things get out of control. It also features alerts, a simple UI, and plenty of other security features. It’s not an app, but you can access the site on both mobile and desktop browsers. We highly recommend trying it.
- Toyota finally agreed to use Android Auto in its vehicles. That is actually a pretty big deal. Toyota didn’t want any third party apps in its center stack in its vehicles. They claimed that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay asked for too much personal information. That issue is apparently over now. Toyota will announce the vehicles getting Android Auto in the future. While we’re on the topic, Jaguar and Land Rover are using Android Auto from now on as well.
- PlayStation cross-play is finally coming to the world and we couldn’t be happier. Fortnite should be the first game in Sony’s upcoming beta of the cross-play service. We imagine other multi-platform games will get a similar treatment over time. This is a bigger deal in the console gaming world than the mobile gaming world. However, there are many games with console and mobile versions, like Fortnite and many indie games. This should benefit mobile gamers as well as console gamers over time. Good on you, Sony!
If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about them in the comments!