Welcome to the 275 edition Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from last week:
- We complete our year-end content with three additional applications and game lists. They include the most controversial games and games from 2018, the best applications from December 2018, and the best games from December 2018. End of year is rather slow for apps and games because everyone plans for the new year. However, there are still some great releases this month and it's fun to relive some memories from that year. Check them!
- The Apple App Store still makes more money than the Google Play Store. A report this week showed that more than 160 applications generated their first millions of dollars on the App Store compared to only 90 on Google Play. This research is rather strange. Many games go viral on iOS before they even reach Android, so this is still an example of a developer who pushed iOS first. The good news is that iOS and Android have millions of dollars in success in 2018 than in 2017.
- Google Duo reached one billion downloads this week. That's actually very good news. Google changes Hangouts and turns off Allo because of lack of success. However, the Duo seems to have damaged the mold and really became popular. The application also saw a number of major changes in 2018, including adding various useful new features. However, we still want to see a list of active users daily or monthly because that is usually a better indicator of application popularity.
- The developers of HQ Trivia are working on a new game for 2019. It still maintains the aesthetic performance of the company's live games, but this time with the feeling of Wheel of Fortune. Players search for phrases as quickly as possible. Letters reveal themselves from time to time and players get points for guessing the right thing. Currently beta from iOS. You who have an iOS device can try this game now. We don't know when an Android release will come.
- Brawl Stars has put money in Supercell's bank account. The game was thought to have generated around $ 10 million in the first week according to the report. Popular fighters generated around $ 3 million in the US alone and that was surprisingly good in Japan. Some other statistics include the number one game for download in 20 countries and that includes the top ten in 29 other countries. These are all very good numbers and Supercell has another hit in his hand. Tap the link to see all statistics!
Angry BaBa is a fun little arcade game for angry people. You play barbarians and you punch stones. The players determine their punch time for maximum thrust and distance. You get a high score for how far the rock matches what it hits when it flies in the air. The premise is simple and almost everyone can play the game. However, it was surprisingly successful. The game also includes items and skills that can be improved, various characters that can be played, and several other small game elements. This is also a pay-once game and it's rare for this arcade game style. Not bad for killing a few minutes.
Mint Browser is a new browser from Xiaomi. This is in accordance with Poco Launcher in many ways. It's very light, very fast, and very efficient. The developer boasts an install size of around 10MB and it's rather small. Some other features include voice search, incognito mode, reading mode, cellular data saver options, and more. Still needs some work, but most of the complaints we see come from peripheral features and not from the experience itself. This is a cellular browser that is very competent for those who just want something simple. It is also completely free without in-app purchases or advertisements (other than those you have found on the website).
Seek Hearts is the latest RPG from Kemco. This is a retro-style jRPG with turn-by-turn combat mechanisms, world maps and cities to explore, and the usual arrangement of capabilities and RPG mechanics. It plays a lot like an RPG from the Super Nintendo era. You find improvements for your main character and play through a decent storyline. There are a few extras here and there too. There is a free demo version on Google Play (linked to the button above). The full version costs $ 7.99. There are several additional in-app purchases that are completely optional. It played well during our tests, even though we really did get if $ 7.99 was too rich for you.
Memoria Photo Gallery is a new gallery application. It offers a high level of adjustment and several other decent features. Some additional features include a variety of theme options, encrypted gallery space, the ability to hide the entire album, and some additional organizational features. This attracts many comparisons with QuickPic before being bought by Cheetah Mobile. However, the premium version removes ads and opens several premium features. Otherwise, the free and premium versions work almost the same. This is a highly competent gallery application and new gallery applications rarely occur in 2018.
Lemmings is a popular puzzle game series from the 1990s and now on mobile devices. Players save lemmings by helping them pass various levels. The game offers thousands of levels, lots of puzzles and traps, and lots of collectibles. There are also elements of social gamers as well as things like tournaments to help keep the game fresh. This is a freemium game and, like most freemium games, there isn't a ton of depth to play games or challenges. However, it must be a fun time killer for franchise fans. There are quite a lot of mechanics from old games to enjoy, but certainly not like old games.
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