Welcome to the 457th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- The EU’s Digital Markets Act is going into a six-month implementation phase. Basically, if a company is identified as a gatekeeper, it has to open up its services and platforms. Some apps and services might need to be changed, including Google Play, iMessage, and others. Keep an eye out, and let’s see what happens.
- Google is expanding its Play Games beta on PC. The expansion opens up the beta to the US, Canada, Mexico, and five other countries. It’s currently available for 85 games through the Windows app. It’s nice to see Google putting forth an effort to improve Android apps on PC.
- Matter went official this week at a launch event in Amsterdam. It’s a big deal because Matter is set to massively improve interoperability between smart home tech. There isn’t much to report at this time. However, we should start seeing Matter make its way into existing tech in the near future. As it stands, over 190 certifications are in the wild right now.
- Elon Musk is making changes at Twitter. On top of layoffs, he’s also giving away the famed blue checkmark for $8 per month to anyone who wants to pay for it. Since we only anticipate public figures wanting the checkmark anyway, we don’t know how much this will or won’t help Twitter’s bottom line. Hit the link to read more.
- Netflix’s cheaper plan already has some hiccups. The new ad-supported plan only works on some devices. For example, it doesn’t support regular Chromecast devices. It only works on Chromecast with Google TV. Similarly, it works fine on Amazon Fire devices, but not on any Apple TV devices. You may want to look into it if you plan on getting the new ad-supported plan.
- Google Hangouts is officially dead. The app shut down on November 1st, on schedule with what Google told us. All Google Hangouts stuff now redirects to Google Chat, and the web app was the last way to access the original Google Hangouts. We knew this was coming, and we already wrote a eulogy for it.
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