Welcome to the 209th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- Google Chrome is changing how auto-play videos work. Starting January 2018, the app will no longer allow auto-play videos to play unless they’re muted. Additionally, it lets you mute entire websites. That should persist even if you close the app. They seem like minor changes. However, with auto-play ads being more popular than ever, this will be a welcome change.
- YouTube TV announced eight new markets this week. They include Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Greenville, Norfolk, Portland, Raleigh, and Sacramento. The new markets brings the total up to 49 total cities with YouTube TV support. Cleveland, Ohio and Grand Rapids, Michigan should be good to go in a couple of weeks.
- Google handed out their Material Design Award winners this week. Some of the winners include Blinklist, Eventbrite Organizer, NPR One, and Momondo. The annual award is for the apps with the best Material Design interface. Functionality usually doesn’t matter as much for these awards. However, all of these are actually pretty decent.
- Square Enix announced a new mobile game this week. It’s King’s Knight, the game the characters play in Final Fantasy XV. The game is a top-down shooter with a fantasy theme. It’s going to be a freemium game. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. We don’t know about the release date just yet.
- Google is allegedly investing over $1 billion in Lyft. That’s interesting because they did the same for Uber back in 2013. The move would allow Lyft a variety of new business opportunities, including expansion into other countries outside of the U.S. It would certainly help keep Uber from running a worldwide monopoly on transportation. The deal isn’t official yet, but it could happen any time.
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