Welcome to the 272nd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Android Auto’s new UI is rolling out. A Redditor noticed the change on their device this week and we assume it’s only a matter of time before everyone has it. The new UI is sleeker, easier to use, and requires fewer taps to do the things you want. Android Auto users should keep an eye out for the server-side switch.
- Telegram had an interesting update this week. The new update lets you share your contact details with people in your immediate area. Additionally, you can now share contact details without revealing your phone number. We’ve seen both of these features before in other apps, but it feels right at home with Telegram, especially with how many folks use it for business.
- WhatsApp is preparing an update now. The new update lets you share your WhatsApp Status to Facebook Stories and other platforms. It doesn’t connect your WhatsApp and Facebook account. The app appears to use the native sharing function on Android to simply share it that way. Hit the link to learn more!
- SwiftKey had a bit of a bad week. Gmail may push SwiftKey out for not complying with its new data policies. Gmail also sent an email to SwiftKey users to explain the change. SwiftKey has until July 15th to fix things up or it can’t use the Gmail account for suggestions anymore. It affects functionality because SwiftKey can pull suggestions from Gmail. However, it won’t prevent the app from working if it can’t pull recommendations from there anymore.
- YouTube is adding some control back to the recommendation system. A new categories menu, viewable during actual video playback, lets you see more videos about various topics. They generate from various bits of info, including the channel you’re watching, channels you subscribe to, and the topics of the video. Hit the link to see screenshots!
If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about it in the comments!