Welcome to the 276th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- We finished our our 2018 app coverage with a couple of polls to see what you thought the best apps and games of the year were. The winners included Sam Reston’s Bouncer and PUBG Mobile. Some honorable mentions were Firefox Reality Browser, Fortnite, YouTube Music, Alto’s Odyssey, and Bloons TD 6. We also showed you the apps you clicked on most often in 2018. They included PUBG Mobile Lite, Emubox, Hello Neighbor, and Asphalt 9: Legends. Hit the link to see all of the stats!
- Sega is working on a new real-time strategy game. It’s now out on Google Play for pre-registration. Revolve8 is a mix between real-time strategy and card dueling. You have a deck of eight cards and you take out the enemy tower in three minutes. The short battles work well with casual mobile play. Additionally, the card collecting element gives players some options when assembling decks. It has freemium written all over it, though, and that may sway some people away from the game.
- Epic Games had a pretty decent 2018. The company boasted $3 billion in profit thanks mainly to Fortnite. The mobile versions of the game did surprisingly well as well. The iOS version of the game reportedly made $1.23 million per day. Epic Games should have a decent 2019 as well. The company opened a game store similar to Steam, but with an 88% cut going to developers instead of the usual 70% like on Steam or Google Play. Of course, Steam and Google Play have a stranglehold on that market so we’ll see what happens.
- We did another user poll about the biggest blunder of 2018. Your response was basically everything that Facebook did. The company saw a host of big scandals over the year. Cambridge Analytica was the biggest one by far, but there were other, smaller issues as well. They resulted in Congressional hearings that became one of the biggest memes of 2018. On its tale at 25% was the Red Hydrogen One phone and Huawei’s problems in the U.S. Some other controversial stuff included the shutdown of Google+ and Allo along with Samsung and Huawei’s fake phone photos.
- Google’s Fuchia OS will run Android apps. A report this week spotted a change in the AOSP code. It specifically mentions Fuchia using ART to run apps very similar to how Android does. We also know that apps come in a new FAR file type instead of the usual APK like with Android. It supports x86 as well as ARM architectures. An educated guess would be that Fuchia is the next big OS for Google and it plans on taking the Android app ecosystem with it. That’s a smart move since new operating systems live and die by its app ecosystem.
If we missed any big Android apps or games news, updates, or releases, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our weekly podcast!