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

The 279th Android Apps Weekly is out! This week we talk about some interesting malware, a potential new Spotify feature, and five new Android apps and games!

Published onJanuary 26, 2019

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Welcome to the 279th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Malware gets smarter all the time. A report this week showed a new type of malware. This particular type only actually does anything when it detects the device in use with the device sensors. It doesn’t do anything wrong if the device is idle. This tripped up security researches and Google Play alike. However, the apps that use this form of malware are no longer in the Google Play Store. Hit the link for more details.
  • Final Blade, a popular Japanese mobile gacha game, is going global. The game is in pre-registration right now. The game plays like most mobile gacha RPGs. Players amass a party of heroes and defeat the bad guys. You summon heroes of varying talents and try to collect as many as you can. The game also features a story line and some social elements as well. Those who pre-register get some additional bonus rewards when the game officially launches. Make sure to use the same account you use for Google Play, otherwise you may miss out on the rewards.
  • Google announced the timeline for the classic Hangouts retirement. The full retirement won’t be until 2020 at the earliest. However, G Suite admins can transition current Hangouts users to Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat in April 2019. The transition should finish in October 2019. We expect the full service to go down in 2020 at the earliest. Prepare for changes, Hangouts fans.
  • Spotify  is responding the new R. Kelly outrage with a possible new feature. Instead of blocking the artist’s music on Spotify, the streaming service wants to give you the opportunity to do so yourself. A blocked artist no longer shows up on your recommendations, your playlists, your library, or anywhere else in the app. It’s very similar to how social media works. Plus, you can use the feature to block other artists you simply don’t care about.
  • Google launched a fun quiz this week. It tests you on your ability to detect phishing scams. The game asks you whether seven different emails (and one sign-in request) are real or phony. We won’t give you the answers, but the quiz does give you some helpful tips to keep yourself safe. Always check the URL! Hit the link to take the quiz.

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