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

The 282nd Android Apps Weekly is live! This week we talk about Titanium Backup's Google Play problems, the upcoming Stardew Valley, YouTube shutting down comments in some videos.

Published onMarch 2, 2019

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Welcome to the 282nd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • Google removed the venerable Titanium Backup from the Google Play Store this week. They put it back, but it’s another case of Google Play removing perfectly trusted apps from the Play Store. The Titanium Backup developers filed an appeal. Google accepted the appeal and Titanium Backup is back. It wasn’t until this step that Google even told the developers what Titanium Backup did to earn its ban. Developers continue to be concerned about Google’s policies and how Google enforces them.
  • Google is taking down Allo. However, the company said that some features were moving to other Google messaging apps. We say a bit of that this week. Google announced plans to bring Google Assistant to its Messages app. The feature adds stuff like quick weather info along with quick information about restaurants, movies, and other such things when you talk about them in the app. It should roll out over the coming weeks and months.
  • Facebook is getting a tool for clearing your history. The tool wipes your browsing history on Facebook and helps avoid targeted ads for those things. For instance, you click on an ad for a lamp on Amazon. All of a sudden, you get ads for lamps on Amazon all the time. This tool would stop stuff like that from happening. The tool should land sometime in 2019.
  • Stardew Valley is coming soon. In fact, it’s coming very soon. The developers announced a March 14th release date for the game. It’s very popular on iOS and PC already. We are very much anticipating the release of this one. The game is in pre-registration right now. It should be the full version of the game minus multiplayer. It should also work in over half a dozen languages at launch. The game may be the biggest farming sim release of 2019. Check back in a couple of weeks!
  • YouTube is taking some drastic measures. The service no longer allows comments on videos that feature a minor. This is a long-standing problem where predatory individuals populated videos with minors and left truly disturbing comments. Plus, some Internet trolls were intentionally gaming the system to get innocent channels taken down. It’s a total train wreck, honestly. Hit the link to learn more.

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