Welcome to the 224th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- The Amazon versus Google saga continues this week. Many users reported losing YouTube on their Fire TV sticks. This is a few days sooner than Google’s January 1st deadline. That’s when the service officially leaves the Fire TV and Echo devices. The companies are in talks to get the ball rolling again for all of this. However, we don’t expect a conclusion to this issue for a while yet. It’s frustrating for consumers for sure.
- Instagram is getting a not great update soon. The update brings recommended posts to the main feed. It works a lot like Twitter’s variant of the feature. You scroll a bit, see some recommended posts, and then your feed continues. It may be a useful way to see posts from people you don’t follow. However, it feels like it’s going to be more advertising than anything. We’ll see how it turns out as it rolls out.
- Snap is working on a new feature. Stories Everywhere would extend Snapchat beyond the app. The company is working through a period of stagnation. The hope is more exposure means more actual users. This along with the new upcoming app design is their big one-two push to get more users. We’ll see how it works when it comes out.
- Zooper Widget returned to the Play Store this week. Unfortunately, there is no word on why this happened. The developers remain silent on social media. Likewise, Google hasn’t said squat either. We may never know what really happened. That isn’t totally unusual. In any case, the app is on Google Play currently. Get it while you can!
- HQ Trivia finally has a stable release date. It should be out right now, actually. It’s too soon for us to feature it as a game of the week. However, we are definitely going to talk about it in the next Apps Weekly more in-depth. The game is quite popular on iOS already. We expect it to do similarly on Android assuming the app has no serious problems.
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