Welcome to the 221st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from this week:
- Google’s hitting the pause button on its accessibility services crack down. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen apps like Greenify, LastPass, and others speak out against the crack down. Thus, Google is re-evaluating its stance. The company is taking 30 days to reconsider its options and then moving forward from there. Developers will have an additional 30 days after that should Google decide to continue cracking down.
- AI Type Keyboard had some problems this week. A security firm found the developer’s unsecured database server with over 570GB of data. That included some potentially sensitive user data. Some of the information includes the IMSI and IMEI numbers, phone number, IP addresses, and ISP. The server had virtually no encryption or privacy protocols in place. Thus, the information was easily available to anyone that found it. That’s not great news.
- Bridge Constructor and Valve are teaming up to make a game. Bridge Constructor Portal is going to be every bit as unique as the name suggests. The screenshots show a 2D puzzle game that incorporates both Portals and bridges. GLaDOS returns as the antagonist. The mobile game should be out on December 20th, just in time for Christmas. Console version are on the way as well. Yeah, believe it or not, mobile got it first this time.
- A new initiative by Google is on its way. The search giant is cracking down on apps that collect data that they don’t need. The goal is transparency. Any app that asks for information that it shouldn’t has to ask the user for permission before collection. Developers and webmasters have 60 days to implement the changes before Google steps in and warns users to uninstall or leave.
- Messenger Kids is a new app from Facebook. It’s basically Facebook Messenger but for kids under 13. It has strict parental controls that the kids don’t have access to. Additionally, the information is only a first and last name along with a small profile picture. Parents have total control over who their kids talk to. The app is out for some Apple devices. An Android version is schedule for release in the coming months.
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