Welcome to the 290th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Coolpad of all companies is launching a new app platform. FamilyLabs hopes to bring new Android apps for families and kids. The app itself lets kids talk to other family members, locate them if needed, and even allow for things like remote support. The app is available on Indiegogo for an absurd $99 starting out. We’re not sure it’s worth that much for a family management app, but we’ll see.
- Google Home and Amazon Alexa speakers received some goodies this week. Amazon Alexa devices can now stream a free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music just by asking. The free version only supports playlists. Google also did this for Google Home speakers, but with YouTube Music.
- Facebook had a security blunder a few weeks ago. It was worse than we thought, though. Facebook released a blog post with more information. Some Instagram passwords were stored as plain text for anyone to read. Hit up the link to learn more and you should change your Instagram password.
- BlackBerry Messenger is ending its run on May 31st of this year. The service shrunk a lot due to competing services like WhatsApp, iMessage, and others. It seems BlackBerry has finally had enough. However, the enterprise version of BlackBerry Messenger lives on as a premium service. Hit the link to learn more.
- Nintendo is opening up a beta for Mario Kart Tour soon. The sign-up page went live earlier this week and it’s available now. You can sign up as long as your Nintendo and Google Play accounts use the same password. The game should launch sometime over this summer so there isn’t much longer to wait even if you don’t get into the beta.
If we missed any big Android apps or Android games news, tell us about it in the comments!