Android apps and games took great leaps in 2018. We saw AAA game titles such as Fortnite and PUBG hit Android. We also saw great new apps and services like Bouncer and YouTube Music. However, some apps and games have simply not had such great luck. There were a number of scandals and mistakes made in 2018. Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal comes to mind immediately, but it was more Facebook service than the Facebook app. Some apps were removed from Google Play for stupid reasons (it actually happens a lot). In some cases, some events are simply over the rest. We are happy to report that Uber was unable to make this list for the first time in this history. Congratulations on Uber! Here are the five most controversial Android apps and games from 2018!
Ad slam worked in two ways
Google Play did not have one, but two major advertising scams in 2018. The first used the robots to simulate real people. This is how it works. A group of developers would buy popular apps on Google Play from Bitcoin developers. They would keep the app maintained and track user behavior. The developers will then create bots that mimicked the human behavior they observed, except that these bumps also looked at the ads along with other things. The bots managed to avoid Google Play bot detection for a very long time. Click on the link above to find the full list of all 129 apps that did. The reason why this probably did not hit harder was because it did not actually affect any end users. It was basically a bunch of developers who failed advertisers. Nevertheless, it is not good, and many of these apps were available in the Play Store when the report was performed.
The other ad fraud process was by several Cheetah Mobile apps. This one is a little less creative. Several Cheetah Mobile apps, including Kika Keyboard and CM File Manager, would read the apps installed on a user's phone. CM would then take the credit for all the apps the user installed and collected the advertising money. Cheetah Mobile swings up and down that it did nothing and the advertising SDKs were to blame. However, Cheetah Mobile has drawn some misleading ad tactics before, so we don't necessarily trust them. Google is still investigating the writing of this article, so we have to wait and see how it turns out.
Fortnite bucks trends for better or worse
The biggest Android game story of 2018 was PUBG Mobile versus Fortnite. PUBG Mobile launched was quite typical. It came out in Google Play, people enjoy it, and everything went as normal. Then Fortnite came around. To start, the game is not available on the Google Play Store. Instead, he chose a launch on Epic Games own website along with Samsung's app store. People lost their thoughts about it. The CEO called it a step forward to promote a free and open platform. It also stands as the biggest mobile game to do this. The installer had his share of problems, including a major security issue early on. It was also the annoying problem with all fake Fortnite APKs. The PUBG developers even sued Fortnite for stealing content, even though this suit eventually fell. Things have turned out for now, but goodness Fortnite's mobile games had a rough first six months.
Google Turns Off All Things
The Google Application Library had a surprisingly rough year. Let's start with Hangouts and go around the circle. Google Hangouts is gradually changing from a single chat service to a group chat service similar to Slack or Discord. That reporting led to a surprisingly aggressive Twitter conversation with a Hangouts developer . This puts an end to one of the few consistently decent chat services that Google had, and the closest came to a true Android version of iMessage. Google shocked everyone by announcing the end of Google Allo. Many of Allo's features are led to Android Messages for now, but Allo is now officially circulated in the drain. Finally, in 2019, Google fights for not one, but two major data violations. Everything goes out of Google after a small hole after no major new applications were announced in 2018. They re-notice a lot of things for no apparent reason. It's been a surprisingly uneven year for Google.
Telltale Games had an epi c crash and burn
Telltale Games had some of the best point and click adventure games on the mobile. They usually work with existing titles like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Borderlands and others. Well, 2018 is probably its last year of existence. The company announced a massive layoff in mid-September that saved only 25 employees. The termination also doubled as the announcement that the firm was attached to its doors. Telltale Games & CEO Pete Hawley cited poor sales as the main reason and it makes sense. The company simply did not generate as much buzz this year as they did in previous years. To make matters worse, employees filed a complaint against the Telltale Games for Illegal Termination, referring to WARN Laws. This lawsuit is in progress by the letter of this article.
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