Welcome to the 289th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Microsoft is bringing a Forza game to mobile later in 2019. It announced the game earlier this week. The game, Forza Street, should be fairly standard for a mobile racer. There is a single player mode with a story line as well as online multiplayer. It aims at casual gamers mostly. Hit the link to learn more!
- The Google Play Store had a couple of big news stories this week. The first is simultaneous app downloads. This was a feature in the earlier days of Android it looks like it’s coming back. With the faster data speeds of 2019, it should make updates a lot faster. The second bit of news is a promise from Google. They want to do quicker and more detailed Play Store decisions for developers. That’s a good one for the devs.
- Two apps were banned in various countries this week. India banned TikTok while Nepal banned PUBG Mobile. India courts felt the app was dangerous for kids. Meanwhile, Nepal says that the video game is making people aggressive. India asked Google Play and the Apple App Store to remove the app to prevent more downloads. Nepal says that video games cause aggression. They are both fairly volatile situations. Hit the link for more details.
- Facebook made some good news this week, finally. Facebook Messenger may move back to the regular Facebook app. We at Android Authority almost unanimously believe it’s a good idea. There is evidence in the app’s code to support the rumor. It may not have the full features of the actual Messenger app, but even access to those messages is enough for most people.
- Google and Amazon may finally bury the hatchet on a year long mini-rivalry. Google agreed to return YouTube to Fire TV devices and Amazon agreed to bring Prime Video to the Chromecast. There isn’t much else that needs said. We’re all so happy.