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5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

The 271st Android Apps Weekly is live! This week we talk about Dr. Mario, Facebook's new cryptocurrency, and more apps news!

Published onJune 22, 2019

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Welcome to the 271st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • YouTube had a trio of big announcements this week. YouTube is testing the idea of not showing comments by default. You would hit a button to load comments every time. The company may also move all kids content to the YouTube Kids app and away from the main app. Finally, YouTube is remastering a bunch of older music videos, including videos by No Doubt, Beastie Boys, Smash Mouth, Soundgarden, and others.
  • Genius, the lyric site, accused Google of copying its lyrics. It used some fun little tells in its lyrics, including different comma types. Google’s lyrics had those little tells and Genius now believes Google copies the lyrics. Google says they have agreements with third party platforms and those platforms are the ones lifting the lyrics.
  • Google plans to roll out RCS messaging in the very near future. It won’t wait for carriers any longer. Google plans to launch in France and the U.K. It also won’t feature end-to-end encryption upon launch but should gain the feature eventually. This is Google’s ninth attempt at a messaging service. Let’s see if this one sticks.
  • Facebook revealed Libra, its very own cryptocurrency along with Calibra, a digital wallet. The idea is a cryptocurrency you can use to buy things through the Calibra digital wallet. Facebook wants to avoid fluctuations in value by backing up the cryptocurrency with real assets. In addition, Facebook boasts a simpler use. We should learn more in the coming weeks.
  • Nintendo’s Dr. Mario is available on the Play Store for preregistration. The game officially launches on July 10th of this year. It should feature hundreds of stages and similar puzzle-style game play to the console versions of Dr. Mario. It’s a freemium game, but Nintendo tends to do those quite well.

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If we missed any big Android app or game news this week, tell us about it in the comments!