Welcome to the 453rd edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google announced a new privacy and security hub for Android 13. The company announced it during the Pixel launch event earlier this week. The new hub merges privacy and security stuff into a single UI. There are also action cards to help users lower their safety risks. It’ll go to Pixel devices first later this year, with more devices down the line.
- Elon Musk is buying Twitter for real this time. It’s for the same price as the original offer. Plus, the paperwork is filed with the SEC, so there is no turning back this time. This closes a chapter in one of the most controversial buyouts in recent memory. Hit the link to learn more.
- On a happier note, Twitter is finally releasing an edit button. It’s in testing right now, but there are some folks on Twitter with it already. Twitter Blue users are the first to get the new feature. We assume it’ll roll out to everyone over time. This is something that needed to be done for ages, so we’re glad to see Twitter finally catching up.
- YouTube is trying very hard to promote its YouTube Premium service. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean good things for users. YouTube is toying with the idea of putting 4K content behind its subscription service. We expect this to anger most people. However, most phones don’t have 4K anyway, so it’s not a huge loss for mobile users unless you’re casting or streaming it to a TV. Still, it’s not a move we approve of.
- Google officially announced the death of Google Stadia. It comes as no surprise. The service wasn’t popular, didn’t compete favorably with existing platforms, and required a constant Internet connection. On the plus side, Google is refunding everything people spent on Stadia. People are still losing their save files, but at least they can get that back. We polled our readers, and about 50% of them think this is a good decision. Hit the links to read more.
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