Welcome to the 271st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google Search and Google Assistant got some new features this week. Google Search answers some questions on the onset without showing search results. That update should roll out eventually. We’re not sure how we feel about some questions never getting a full search. However, it should be really easy stuff like unit conversions or the weather. Additionally, Google Assistant is getting a Pretty Please Mode (not a joke). Google Assistant will reward people with compliments when talking to it in a polite manner. Both of these updates are a little weird, but not altogether unpleasant.
- Niantic’s Harry Potter AR game may be a Samsung Galaxy Note exclusive for a while. Reports allege that Samsung invested about $40 million into Niantic. This could mean Niantic games coming with Samsung devices by default. Additionally, there are rumors that the AR Harry Potter game could be a Note exclusive. Players would use the S-Pen as a makeshift wand during game play. This is all rumor, though. Thus, take it with a grain of salt.
- YouTube saw some big announcements this week. The first is the end of YouTube annotations. This one is definitely happening and soon. The official removal date is January 15th, 2019. Google already removed annotations from the YouTube editor back in May 2017 so this was just a matter of time. YouTube also announced new student deals for YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. The discounts give students a 50% discount or a price of $5 per month for YouTube Music and $7 per month for YouTube Premium.
- Cheetah Mobile is apparently at it again. The company allegedly defrauded advertising companies by taking credit for app installs it didn’t actually have a hand in. Thus, Cheetah Mobile allegedly took money from advertising that it did not actually earn. Cheetah Mobile denied any involvement and claimed that they couldn’t do that even if they tried. Rosen Law Firm opened an investigation to see if Cheetah Mobile is telling the truth.
- A new Humble Bundle is out now! This time around it’s all about board games. The price tiers are extremely reasonable this time around as well. You get seven games for paying over $1. Some of those titles include Agricola, a couple of Harold games, and Abalone. There is an $8 price tier as well. That includes some bigger names like Pandemic and Pathfinder Adventures. The $8 tier gets you an additional 11 titles along with the original seven. Hit the link to learn more!
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