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#105 February 5th, 2017
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Fire Emblem Heroes is out, Neistat's Beme is dead, Xpose Framework coming soon - Android Apps Weekly
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Android Apps you shouldn't miss this week
Strange Telephone
Strange Telephone is an adventure game where you explore various worlds by making phone calls.
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Book of Unwritten Tales 2
Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a fun little point-and-click adventure game with four different characters. It's also funny.
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EZ Web Video Cast
EZ Web Video Cast is an app that helps you cast web-embedded videos to your Chromecast quickly and easily.
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Inkitt
Inkitt is an ebook reader that allows you to find thousands of new fiction books for free. It's pretty nifty.
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Fire Emblem Heroes
Fire Emblem Heroes is the first gme of the series to hit mobile. It bills itself as a "Fire Emblem light" and is actually a freemium game. It still holds true to a lot of the mechanics and feel of the regular games so it's worth a shot for fans or new players in the series.
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Headlines this week
  • Xposed Framework is eventually coming to Android Nougat. Developer rovo89 announced this week that it was in the works. During the announcement, rovo89 explained how different the challenges have been updating from Marshmallow to Nougat. The big obstacle seems to be how Nougat installs apps because it did change quite a bit. There isn't an OTA on the release yet, but it's good to know that it's coming.
  • Snapchat is going public. The company is expected to announce an IPO sometime in 2017. That means it'll be open for investors to buy stocks. That means we're going to finally figure out how much this company is worth. Currently, experts value it at about $20-$25 billion and this could be the biggest IPO since Facebook back in 2012. We'll let you know when a date has been set.
  • Casey Neistat's Beme app is officially dead and gone. As most of you know, Casey sold the company to CNN in late 2016. Shortly afterward, it was announced that the app would be shut down. The app itself was okay, but nothing special. You just covered the proximity sensor on your device and it recorded a short clip which was uploaded immediately. We don't know if CNN has any plans for the app or its team, but for now, it's gone.
  • A new report shows that Super Mario Run has been downloaded 78 million times. However, only about 5% of players actually buy the full game. Nintendo stated that the game has made $53 million in revenue which isn't anything to scoff at. That said, the turnover rate is shockingly low for such a viral game. More than likely, the high price tag is to blame. We're guessing the numbers won't be much better on Android come March.
  • Last week we talked about the Kickstarter campaign for Banner Saga 3. This week, we're happy to report that the goal has been reached. That means we're definitely getting a third installment to the series. Banner Saga is probably a top three strategy RPG on mobile. The developers stated that PC and Mac versions of the game will come first with mobile releases coming later. We also know that Banner Saga 3 will be the final chapter in the series.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. As it turns out, you have some options if you want to stream the game. Fox Sports is going to stream the game for free without authentication which is probably your best bet. AT&T customers with DirecTV can stream the game in select regions if they want to. Verizon users can grab the NFL Mobile app which will stream it for free as well. Finally, you can use the Fox Sports VR app to stream it via VR.
  • Facebook announced that it made some big improvements in 2016. Their subscriber base grew by 18% overall and by 23% on mobile. They now have 1.86 billion users or about 25% of the entire world. The company as a whole made $26.8 billion in ad revenue alone, up 57% from 2015. That's all extremely impressive. Facebook is doing just fine right now.
App Updates
Additional app releases, announcements, and deals
  • It was announced this week that Animal Crossing's mobile debut will be delayed. Nintendo stated that the release would happen in the next fiscal year. Since the fiscal year begins in April, that's the earliest that the game could see a release. We're not sure yet if Nintendo is going to make it a pay-once game like Super Mario Run or a freemium game like Pokemon Go. Frankly, at this point, it could go either way.
  • Facebook and GitHub apparently have a new way to recover forgotten passwords. The basic premise is that you can create a recovery token which gets stored on GitHub. You can then use it to recover your password if you forget. The feature is in testing right now with Facebook reaching out to the security community to see if this method is safe. It's a fun idea, although it isn't all that much different from a recovery email address.
  • Nintendo has announced that they intend on releasing two or three mobile games per year. The consensus is that the company isn't overly experienced with mobile yet so the investment in the platform is still rather low. So far, we've seen just two Nintendo releases, including Miitomo and Super Mario Run. We have Fire Emblem in 2017 and Animal Crossing coming soon. We'll see how it all works out.
  • Plex has acquired a company called Watchup for an undisclosed amount of money. Plex stated in their announcement that all nine employees of Watchup will join the Plex team and that their video streaming service would be integrated into Plex proper. Watchup is a streaming service that delivers news from major sources like CBS, CNN, and others. That means Plex is about to get a lot more news content.
  • Google Play announced their top trending apps and games for January 2017. On the app side of things, there were apps like CNN, Learn Chinese, Dubsmash, and others. For games, Star Wars: Force Arena, My Talking Hank, and WWE: Champions ruled the day. It also listed some fun apps and games that'll be coming out this month that we'll be sure to talk to you about.
  • Take Two Interactive purchased Social Point for $250 million dollars. Take Two Interactive already has a stocked portfolio with studios like Rockstar Games and 2K Games. Social Point is a reach by Take Two into the mobile gaming space. More specifically, they're looking to reach into the freemium market. Social Point games have been downloaded over 180 million times and they do pretty good financially. We'll see how this turns out.
  • Samsung announced this week that Samsung Pay Mini will be available on more Android devices than just Samsung. It'll help people make quite purchases online without having to re-enter their card information.
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