Welcome to the 275th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- We rounded out our end of the year content with three more app and game list roundups. They include the most controversial apps and games from 2018, the best apps from December 2018, and the best games from December 2018. The end of the year is a little slow for apps and games as everybody plans for the new year. However, there were still some great releases this month and it’s fun to relive some memories from the year. Check them out!
- Apple’s App Store still makes more money than the Google Play Store. A report this week showed that over 160 apps made their first million dollars on the App Store versus the just shy of 90 on Google Play. This study is a little weird, though. Many games go viral on iOS before they ever even reach Android so this is still an example of developers pushing on iOS first. The good news is that both iOS and Android had more first time million dollar success in 2018 than in 2017.
- Google Duo reached one billion downloads this last week. That’s actually really good news. Google is changing Hangouts and shuttering Allo due to lack of success. However, Duo seems to have broken the mold and actually become popular. The app also saw some big changes in 2018, including adding various useful new features. However, we would still like to see the daily or monthly active user list because that’s usually a better indicator for app popularity.
- The developers of HQ Trivia are working on a new game for 2019. It keeps with the company’s live game show aesthetic, but this time with a Wheel of Fortune feeling. Players figure out a phrase as quickly as possible. Letters reveal themselves over time and players get points for guessing the right stuff. It’s currently out of beta on iOS. Those of you with iOS devices can try the game right now. We don’t know when the Android release is coming yet.
- Brawl Stars is already putting money in Supercell’s bank account. The game allegedly made around $10 million in its first week according to reports. The popular brawler made roughly $3 million in the U.S. alone and it also did surprisingly well in Japan. Some other stats include the number one game for downloads in 20 countries and it’s in the top ten in another 29 countries. These are all excellent numbers and Supercell has another hit on its hands. Hit the link to see all of the stats!
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