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

The 278th Android Apps Weekly is live! This week we talk about phones that kill apps the fastest, a bad week for the Westworld game, a couple of fun new games, and more Android apps and games news!

Published onJanuary 19, 2019

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The 278th Android Apps Weekly is out! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • A new website ranks phones on their aggressiveness with killing apps. The site is notably fun for those who like to use a lot of apps or want them open in the background consistently. The worst performers are Nokia, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and HUAWEI. Meanwhile, the better performers were Stock Android, HTC, Samsung, and Sony. The website only has nine OEMs right now and they’re missing OEMs like LG, Motorola, ASUS, Razer, and many others. We hope they add to the list eventually.
  • YouTube is putting the hammer down on dangerous prank and challenge videos. The latest craze, the Bird Box Challenge, is causing some problems right now. Additionally, older challenges like the Tide Pod Challenge resulted in six deaths overall. Of course, stupid is as stupid does and other video platforms like Facebook still allow such videos. Thus, we’re unsure of the effectiveness of such a ban. Still, it’s nice to see someone stepping in because parents obviously aren’t.
  • Fortnite had a pretty big security flaw toward the end of 2018. Hackers could send fake login screens that looked like real login screens. It would log you into the account as normal, but would scrape your login credentials. The hackers could gain access to the account and do all sorts of nasty things. Epic Games announced the exploit earlier this week. It patched the game a couple of weeks ago. Hit the link for more details!
  • The popular Westworld game is now out of business. The game had a tumultuous life. Bethesda sued the developers over copyright infringement. They claimed the game copied a lot of graphical and code elements from Fallout Shelter. Bethesda settled with the Westworld developers out of court and we’re guessing that a total shut down was one of the stipulations. The game is no longer on Google Play and current players have until mid-April to spend their in-game currency.
  • Twitter officially brought its chronological timeline back this week. Well, it did for the Android version at least. The app now lets you physically switch between the top tweets (algorithm) and latest tweets (chronological). It’s a move that every social network should do. The update should hit the app soon if it hasn’t already for you. You can check the top right of the official app to see the icon for the new switch feature.

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