Welcome to the 204th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- Google is no longer the default search engine on Google Chrome in Russia. Users will be able to choose their search engine upon opening the app. This is in response to the lawsuit that cost Google a pretty penny a while back. Hardware partners can still ship with Google apps. However, that is a decision they will have to make. Again, this is only in Russia.
- Facebook’s Lifestage app is dead. The company removed the app from the Play Store earlier this week. For those who don’t remember, it’s was a Snapchat-style app for high school kids. It never really took off. Additionally, it had been months since its last update. Facebook released a statement saying that it was an educational experience. However, at the end of the day, it was an abject failure.
- Disney is breaking their deal with Netflix. The media giant decided to withdrawal their titles from the service. They’re going to open two new streaming services using BAMtech as their backend. That’s the same company that does streaming for MLB and others. Netflix is keeping the Marvel TV stuff. That’s good news. However, the rest of it is going to get expensive for Disney fans.
- Adventure Time games are the flavor of the year it seems. There’s a new one on its way called Adventure Time Champions and Challengers. It’ll feature RPG mechanics, 120 levels, 12 chapters, and more. It’ll almost certainly be a freemium game. You should adjust your expectations accordingly. The game is available for pre-registration now on Google Play.
- Google is allegedly working on a Snapchat-style news story. It’ll work with the current AMP program along with a new thing called The Stories. The two should provide a collection of slides that people scan scroll through. It won’t deliver the detailed news, but most people read headlines these days anyway. The slides will contain words, images, and video, according to sources. Google neither confirmed or denied the rumors.
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