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5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

The 284th Android Apps Weekly is live! This week we talk about Stardew Valley, Facebook's big problems, and some Android Q stuff along with more Android apps and games news!
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March 16, 2019
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Welcome to the 284th Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from this last week:

  • The first Android Q developer preview came out this week. You can read about the full update here. However, there is one thing of interest to app lovers and that’s the native screen recording. It’s not easy to find or use. It’s also quite wonky and it doesn’t work that well. However, if this makes it into stock Android, it could cause problems for the screen capture app ecosystem. Android has already done the same with flashlight apps and some others as well. We’ll see if that works out in Android Q or if Google removes it.
  • Google Earth is shaking things up with some new games in the app. They revolve around the Carmen Sandiego game franchise. You basically find clues and use them to find the elusive Carmen Sandiego. The first installment is live now. It’s playable in both the Google Earth app as well as the web browser. There are more games coming in future releases. Check the link for more!
  • Google Allo shut down this week. Google’s attempt to clean up its messaging ecosystem is officially underway. Allo users can still save their chat history, but that’s about it. The service has otherwise ceased to function. We knew this was coming months ago so it’s not a surprise really. Goodbye, Allo. We always liked you.
  • Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 screen mirroring for Android devices. It’s a slow rollout so only a few users have it right now. The rollout should hit everybody eventually. You need a smartphone with Android 7.x Nougat or higher and the most recent build of Windows 10 Insider to use it right now. Your PC also needs Bluetooth support with Low Energy Peripheral mode. Hit the link to learn more!
  • Facebook and Instagram had a massive outage this week. The apps and websites were down for several hours and intermittently after that for several more hours. Everybody thought it was a software problem at first. However Facebook eventually acknowledged that it was a problem with its servers. Overall, the problem lasted for more than half of a day, but service was eventually restored.
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