Welcome to the 295th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Apple is in some hot water this week. It allegedly violated the privacy of users and sold iTunes and Apple Music listening data. The lawsuit says you can buy a list of people who are a certain age range and listen to certain types of music. Of course, these are just allegations and the lawsuit is only for people in Rhode Island and Michigan right now.
- The British GCHQ wants more power over your text messages and companies are fighting back. The Ghost Proposal would force text apps to include law enforcement without anyone knowing. This is, obviously, a huge privacy concern and most companies want nothing to do with it. A group signed an open letter to abolish such a thing with signatories including Apple, Google, Microsoft, WhatsApp, the EFF, and many others. Hit the link to learn more.
- Flipboard announced a data breach this week. A third party apparently accessed the app’s databases multiple times between June 2, 2018 and March 23, 2019 along with April 21 and 22, 2019. The breach gave the third party access to things like usernames, passwords, and email addresses. We strongly recommend changing your info as soon as possible if you ever used Flipboard before.
- The World Health Organization says gaming disorder is now a recognized mental illness. It’s basically the same as gambling addiction but with video games. Symptoms include ignoring real life to play video games, prioritizing gaming, and continuing to game despite negative consequences. There are some critics who don’t believe the WHO has significant, robust evidence to make such a conclusion. You can read all of it at the link.
- There was a huge surge of Pokemon information this week, including several new announcements. The biggest one is Pokemon Home, a cloud service that lets you store Pokemon from Pokemon Go, Nintendo DS and 3DS Pokemon games, and Nintendo Switch Pokemon games. In addition, Pokemon Sleep and Pokemon Go Plus were announced as well. Finally, we got some news about Pokemon Masters, a new Pokemon game. As usual, hit the link to see all the details.
- Google Play had two major policy changes this week. The first one banned marijuana delivery services in areas where marijuana is legal. You can still order from these apps, but it requires redirection to an external website in order to work. Additionally, Google Play added much stricter policies for kids’ apps and games. The new policies include stricter regulation over ads along with some other stuff.
Toy Story Drop is a new match-three game with a Toy Story theme. You know how these games work. You move blocks around until they match up and disappear. The game includes hundreds of levels, various throwbacks to previous Toy Story movies as well as Toy Story 4. It's a promotional game for the movie to get people more excited and it functions as a serviceable arcade puzzler for fans of the series. The freemium elements are annoying, but it's otherwise decent overall.
Firefox ScreenshotGo Beta is a new app for sorting and finding old screenshots. It finds screenshots with various things like text. In addition, you can extract text from screenshots for use in other apps. You also get a floating screenshot button, various sorting options, and more. It's definitely a boon for those with a ton of screenshots in their gallery. The app is also completely free and surprisingly stable for a beta release.
Warriors of Waterdeep received a global release this week. It's a new RPG with turn-by-turn combat mechanics and plenty of customization. YOu form a team of heroes from a large pool and battle it out against the bad gu ys. The game also includes tons of loot, a story mode, and various challenges. The freemium elements are a standout annoyance in this one and the game heavily promotes its $9.99 per month subscription service. We definitely don't recommend this one to everybody, but the mechanics are solid if you don't mind footing the bill.
Adobe Premiere Rush also received a wide release recently. The app functions as an all-in-one vlogging app with a bunch of video editing features. You can shoot video with the integrated camera, edit that footage in the editor, and then upload when it's done all from the app. Additionally, you get multi-track support and cloud syncing support. It's missing some notable, if somewhat niche features like clip speed settings, but Adobe should add that stuff in a future update. The premium version runs for $9.99 per month.
Talion is a new MMORPG from Gamevil. It plays like many MMORPGs on mobile. You enter into a huge, open world, do all of the quests, and fight all of the bad guys. The game has your usual MMORPG mainstays like online PvP, customizable characters, cooperative boss raids, and more. The graphics are also serviceable, but hardly unique. It suffers from some early server issues, so maybe give a week before you download and start playing.
If we missed any big Android apps or games news or releases, tell us about it in the comments!