Welcome to the #231st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google Chrome received a huge update this week. It now blocks ads that don’t adhere to the Better Ad Standards. Google sends warnings to websites with offensive or intrusive advertising. That gives website owners time to update their ad structure before Chrome blocks everything. The update rolled out February 15th and it is a fairly big deal for websites. Users should start seeing significant changes in advertising over the next few weeks and months.
- Alto’s Odyssey has an official release date on iOS. It’s February 22nd. Unfortunately, the Android version isn’t launching at the same time. It’ll be months before the official Android release, according to the developers. This isn’t anything new, really. Developers often release to Android long after the iOS version. However, with the success of the sequel (Alto’s Adventure), we would’ve thought that the release dates would be similar at least, not months away. It should be another popular game in the franchise, though.
- Snapchat’s latest update made lots of people angry. The update had many UI changes. For instance, Stories and the friends list merged together in a single screen. The Discovery feature got a revamp as well. A Change.org petition got 700,000 signatures from folks wanting the old design back. Snapchat said they weren’t going to roll back changes and that new things take some time to settle in.
- Facebook is testing an update for a downvote button. However, it’s not just a general thumbs down. Instead, the button flags inappropriate content. The feature may be useful, though. It would help clean up nasty comment sections or bad posts on your timeline. Unfortunately, it still isn’t the dislike button that we’ve all been asking for. In any case, about 5% of English speaking Facebook users see the feature while it’s in testing.
- YouTube’s CEO discussed YouTube’s music service at a Recode event this week. The new service should be out around March 2018. During the interview, she talked about how YouTube Red was always a music-first service. Additionally, new deals Google signed may allow YouTube Red to exist in up to 100 countries. We’ll know more over the coming months. This could be a really big deal.
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