Welcome to the 180th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Let’s jump right into the headlines:
- There are a variety of games on sale in the Google Play Store. Among them are XCOM: Enemy Within, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath and Munch’s Oddysee, Civilization Revolution 2, and NBA 2K17. Most of them are going for over 50% off. Additionally, they’re all pretty decent games. If you’re looking for strategy, sports, or platforming, these deals are worth checking out.
- ESET, the antivirus security company, has noticed a rise in ransomware here lately. Their most recent reports shows that Android users were targeted over 50% more often than they were last year. It’s important to note that most of those people probably don’t have Google Play available to them or are installing side-loaded apps. Still, it’s an uptick to keep your eye on because ransomware really sucks.
- Matt Groening, creator of Futurama and The Simpsons, announced a new Futurama game. The game is called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. The game was written and produced by series regulars David Cohen and Matt Groening while the developer will be TinyCo. The bad news is that it’ll be a free to play game like other show-based titles. We don’t have a release date yet, but you can pre-register now if you want.
- Instagram received a rather large update this week. The service now lets you share multiple photos in a single post. People using the social network no longer have to pick the best of their photos. They can now just upload everything if they want to under a single post. It may not seem like much. However, this fundamentally changes how people use the platform. The update is rolling out right now so prepare to see those multi-photo posts very soon.
- Word around the digital grapevine is that YouTube is doing away with 30-second unskippable ads. In exchange, the service is going to be using more frequent six-second unskippable ads. This sounds pretty bogus, but six seconds isn’t nearly as annoying as 30. This is likely in response to Facebook focusing more on video. YouTube wants to make fewer people angry and keep them around longer. It’s really not that bad.
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