Welcome to the 238th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the biggest headlines from the last week:
- Google Play removed a bunch of mining apps this week. The apps would act like they did something normal. However, they would farm for cryptocurrency in the background. Their front would be something like streaming video. Thus, the excess CPU usage wasn’t overly noticeable by users. Obviously, Google removed the apps from Google Play post haste. Kaspersky Lab found the apps during a security check.
- It turns out the Cambridge Analytica thing was worse than expected. Estimates now put the number of affected people to 87 million rather than the original 50 million estimate. Facebook is still on the defensive. Many changes they’ve made recent are for user security. Additionally, Facebook plans to make people more aware of what apps they use and what information those apps have.
- Facebook is also using a new tool for fake news. The idea is to prevent the spread of bad information. However, given how politically biased social media can be, we have our reservations on how effective this will really be. The tool lets you view Wikipedia entries about the site posting the news. However, many trash sites have Wikipedia entries, so it may or may not work. We’ll see.
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is launching on April 25th. We also have some more details on the game. It will feature actors and actresses from the original movies. It’ll be mostly teachers as the game centers around the school itself. Otherwise, we anticipate a popular game with a huge start that many people will scrutinize because it’s almost certainly a freemium game. Pre-registration is available now on Google Play. Follow the link for more!
- Fruit Ninja Fight is coming soon to mobile. It’s a competitive online multiplayer game. Players try to cut more fruit than their opponents. The winner is the one who cuts the most fruit. Loot boxes are a prominent feature as well. It soft launched in Australia and New Zealand this week. A worldwide launch should be coming soon.
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