Welcome to the 279th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- We have some rare Apple app news this week. A FaceTime bug lets users hear what people are saying before they pick up the call. You simply add yourself to the FaceTime call and it auto-answers the other person’s call. It affects anyone on iOS 12.1 or later. This is a rare privacy gaff by Apple and the company took the app offline while it fixed the issue. There shouldn’t be any long term ramifications, but it’s an interesting development.
- Google Chrome is doing more in the fight against phishing schemes. It now warns users if a link is a look-a-like masquerading as a normal website. This is a great idea for security because disguising links to look like legit websites is one of the most popular ways to phish. It likely won’t work on more obscure or less popular websites. However, it hits the big sites and that’s really what matters most.
- Google+ got one foot out of the door this week. Starting next week, Google+ will shut down new profile creation and begin removing Google+ comments from Blogger. From there, Google+ sign-in buttons will stop working. Finally, it will shut down proper in April of this year. None of this is really new information. The big update here is that the process of shutting the site down has officially commenced.
- Nintendo delayed Mario Kart Tour for mobile until Summer 2019. The original launch date was March 2019. The company announced the delay during its Q3 2018 earnings report. Nintendo says they want to improve the game quality and expand the content offerings before setting it live. Thus, it hopes to avoid the same problems as Super Mario Run (probably). Hit the link for more details.
- Facebook and Google saw some trouble this week. Facebook was paying teens to sell their privacy to Facebook. Facebook was wide open about this and it wasn’t really a secret. However, Facebook’s research app was pulled from the Apple App Store anyway. As it turns out, Google was using a backdoor on Apple devices to collect data as well. In addition, Apple blocked Google’s internal (non-consumer) apps from iOS. It’s kind of funny that both of these news pieces hit within a day of one another. In any case, hit the links to learn more about each one.
If we missed any big Android apps or games news, releases, or updates, tell us about it in the comments below! Also, click here to check out our latest podcast!