Welcome to the 281st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines this week:
- Google and Apple found themselves in hot water this week. An app in Saudi Arabia reportedly tracks the location of women on behalf of their male guardian. You can see why this makes human rights activists angry. The most egregious issue is the app’s ability to track women via their passport and text the male guardian when she tries to leave the country. Obviously, this isn’t a good idea. Keep an eye on the linked article for updates as we receive them.
- Niantic has some neat new features for Pokémon Go. A future update adds the ability to take AR photos with your favorite Pokémon as you try to catch them. You can also take pictures of any Pokémon in your Pokédex for the sake of the art. That includes the ability to re-position them until the photo is perfect. Niantic hopes this new feature encourages players to use the camera and AR features more often.
- A popular PC game has a mobile release coming soon. Human: Fall Flat is a puzzle-platformer game with some goofy game mechanics and game physics. Players grab objects and use them to clear the various puzzles. It doesn’t look like much, but the game sold five million copies on PC and console so far. Hit the link for more details.
- Google is launching a new AR feature in Google Maps soon. The feature lets you view the world as you walk down the street. It uses Google’s backend data to calculate your exact location. From there, a bunch of graphics and arrows show up on the screen to point you in the right direction. We especially enjoyed all of the colorful graphics. Hit the link to learn more!
- Google also fawned over its Google Play security this last week. It claimed that app rejections were up 50%, that Google Play Protect scanned 50 billion apps every day, and that users were far less likely to end up with harmful apps than any previous year. That is all great news. However, that protection occasionally comes at the cost of hobbling legitimate apps such as Tasker and Cerberus. These situations usually get resolved fairly quickly, though.
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