Welcome to the 200th edition of Android Apps Weekly! We don’t have anything special planned, so let’s get right into those headlines:
- Microsoft updated their Skype app a while back. They made it look more like Snapchat. Pretty much everyone hated it. In the Apple App Store, it fell from a 3.5 star rating to a 1.5 star rating. Microsoft has been fervently updating the app to respond to the criticism. Hopefully fixing the issues will lead to a better Skype for everybody.
- Google can tell when apps are asking for too much private information. They use a new machine learning algorithm that groups such apps together for easy reference. We’re not talking about something like Facebook asking for your location. We’re talking about something like a flashlight app asking for your location. Facebook has a legit reason for wanting that. However, a flashlight app does not. It’ll be interesting to see what Google does with this info.
- The latest Humble Bundle is now live! This week it’s all about jRPGs. You can pay $1 to get three titles, the average to get three more titles, or a flat $5 for everything in the bundle. Most jRPGs are pretty long. This should easily keep you going for many dozens of hours. Additionally, the games cost $73 on their own. It’s quite an excellent deal for these titles.
- Facebook Messenger is officially rolling out advertising. For now, the change is only hitting a small group of people. However, that’ll scale up over time until everyone has it. The bloated messaging service already throws a lot of stuff in your face. Ads are just the latest annoyance. Plus, it’ll help Facebook monetize over one billion active users. It’s a smart business move. However, it’s not one people are going to enjoy.
- Google Earth is has an interesting future. People may eventually submit stories and photos at some point in the future. The idea is to turn the app into a global community of images and stories. It’s just a report out of Reuters right now. However, it would be really fun if something like this happened. At the very least, Google Earth won’t get ads or any monetizing. It is apparently their gift to the world. Thanks Alphabet!
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