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

The 281st Android Apps Weekly is live! This week we talk about Langrisser, two new games from UsTwo, a new report from Google about fighting fake news, and more Android apps and games news!

Published onFebruary 23, 2019

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The 281st edition of Android Apps Weekly is here! Check out the big headlines from the last week:

  • Microsoft is getting its timeline feature in as many places as possible. This week, the newest place became Google Chrome. The extension uses the Timeline API to sync your browsing activity between your Windows 10 computer and any smartphone with Microsoft Launcher installed. If that sounds like something you want, hit the link to learn more.
  • Pokémon Go is having legal troubles in California. A proposed settlement to the legal matter wants Pokémon Go to remove all Poké Stops in residential areas that are too close to houses. There are a laundry list of other demands as well, including the maintenance of a database of requests from residents with property within 40 meters of a Poké Stop. Of course, all of those affected would get $1,000 as well. It’s not a great settlement for Niantic.
  • Monument Valley developers UsTwo are working on two new games and they are definitely not Monument Valley games. The studio is under pressure to create another great game series aside from the iconic puzzler. However, they are giving the developers the freedom to make basically whatever they want.  It should be interesting, at least.
  • Google put together a report with over 30 pages about fighting disinformation on the Internet and its plans to help combat the problem. It labels disinformation as deliberate efforts to deceive and mislead. The paper goes on to talk about the problems with disinformation, whether or not disinformation is intentional or accidental, and other such nuances. Ultimately, Google wants to de-rank such publications for the sake of public safety. We’ll see how that turns out.
  • Meanwhile, Google’s new permissions policy is still messing with apps. The latest victim is a sex workers app. The app tracks people who abuse, rob, or assault sex workers. Unfortunately, the new permission system means this app can’t exist anymore. Google rejected the app’s application for exception. The app either has to remove some of its most important features or close down. It’s not a great situation.

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