Welcome to the 427th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google is trying to make games easier to find on your Chromebook. A potential new search service helps people find games by aggregating a bunch of results into a single go. Since Chrome OS now supports steam and it’s good for some game streaming services, you could be able to do one search for all of the services. Hit the link to learn more.
- Microsoft is going for tighter integration with Android. The company recently reorganized its Android development teams in hopes to provide better overall integration. The reorganization involves splitting off a dedicated team that reports only to Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay. We’re not sure what the team will do first, but hopefully, it’s good.
- A new Google Play Protect feature removes permissions from your unused apps. The feature is already present in all phones running Android 11 and above. However, Google is porting the feature to devices running Android 10 and earlier via Google Play Protect. Some devices, like Samsung phones, already have the feature as well, but it’s nice to see it going to more people.
- Piracy is back on the rise and has been since 2018. We asked our audience if they’ve ever pirated anything before and an astounding 83% said that they had before. That’s not unusual, as piracy is pretty easy to do and it was widespread for many years. Streaming services seem to have forgotten that their prime competitors are piracy sites and not each other. Hit the links to see the full details and poll numbers.
- Google is making it harder for people to find apps that don’t get consistent updates. The company is doing so in the name of security since older apps may have exploits that the developers haven’t patched yet. Starting in November of 2022, apps that target anything before the two most recent versions of Android will be hidden from more and more people.
League of Angels: Chaos
Price: Free to play