Welcome to the 296th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- YouTube had an interesting week. It was part of the big Google Cloud outage that affect a good portion of the world. Additionally, it once again came under fire for its algorithm due to the pedophilic content it allegedly shows people. Later in the week, YouTube promised to remove thousands of videos that contain extreme political views and misinformation. Hit the links for more details on each story.
- Google removed 238 apps with malware this week. Lookout found the apps by a Chinese developer with the malware. The malware isn’t particularly dangerous. However, it does show tons of video and audio ads even when the app isn’t open. The apps were actually quite popular and had 440 million downloads on Google Play alone. Google didn’t catch the problem and that’s a bit odd. The malware was on Google Play for around seven or so months before Lookout found it.
- Aptoide is mad at Google. The third party app store wants fair play from Google. The Play Store flags Aptoide as a harmful application and has since 2018. Aptoide believes this prevents people from using the app store. However, Aptoide does have a bunch of pirated apps and games with rumors of malware-infested free apps and games. We were able to install Aptoide without problems on our test devices, though.
- BlueStacks has some interesting things in the works. It’s a new SDK for developers and it should help things out a lot. It allows Android developers to publish their apps and games on Steam and other PC storefronts. However, the games will open and work in BlueStacks as the player. This could be huge as it no longer requires people to download games through the emulator itself.
- Google announced a bunch of new Stadia information this week. The hardware should go on sale in November 2019 with a Founder’s Edition for those who don’t mind a slightly steeper price tag. Additionally, AAA games like Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XV, and Borderlands 3 are officially on the game list. We expect even more details at E3 2019.
If we missed any big Android apps or Android games news or updates, tell us about them in the comments!