Welcome to the 293rd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- WhatsApp patched a fairly dangerous exploit this last week. The flaw used a flaw in WhatsApp’s VoIP feature to inject spyware into people’s phones. Thankfully, a cyber security firm found the exploit before anything bad happened. The update is rolling out now, so get it as soon as you can if you use WhatsApp.
- Android Q’s desktop mode is better than we originally thought. It will support third party launchers on both the desktop mode and regular mode. This means you won’t get some bland desktop mode UI that you can’t change much. We’re excited to see what prominent launcher developers do with this.
- A new Pokemon Rumble game is coming soon. It’s a top-down beat-em-up game with some other gaming elements. It was originally beta tested as Pokeland in Japan back in 2017 and this is the official launch. The game is only available in Japan and Australia right now. It should launch worldwide eventually.
- Google Shopping is replacing Google Express. The new Google Shopping works across all of Google’s services so your shopping cart follows you everywhere. The Google Express store is still there, but is changing its name to give Google Shopping to better fit the new changes.
- Several countries banned PUBG Mobile over violence and addiction concerns. Tencent is doing something about it. A few feature mimics Google’s Digital Wellbeing. The game now tells you how long you’ve been playing and suggests that you take a break every now and then. It’s kind of weird to see a time management feature in a game, but welcome to 2019!
- The Google Play Store had two announcements this week. The first is a new feature that notifies you of apps you installed but don’t actually use. It’s fairly self-explanatory. The other is Pending Transactions. This allows you to queue up a bunch of apps or games, go to a retail outlet, and pay for those transactions in cash. This is especially helpful for people who don’t use debit cards and people in countries where debit cards aren’t common.
If we missed any big Android apps or Android games updates, releases, or news, tell us about it in the comments!