Welcome to the 415th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Netflix raised the prices of plans in the US and Canada this week. The price hike isn’t massive, but it does apply to every single plan. The top tier is $2 more expensive, the standard plan is $1.50 more expensive, and the basic plan is $1 more expensive. This puts the plans at $19.99 per month, $15.49 per month, and $9.99 per month, respectively. Hit the link to learn more.
- Google TV might get a functionality boost in 2022. Rob Caruso, Google TV’s Director of Product Management, said the company was looking into fitness and smart home integration along with some other things. It may even get Zoom integration. There were other things as well and you can click the link to see all of them.
- Blackberry is shutting down its Android apps. The company is targeting August 31st, 2022 as the end-of-life date. The apps on the chopping block include Password Keeper, DTEK, the Blackberry Launcher, Privacy Shade, and BlackBerry Keyboard. It’s a bit disappointing for Blackberry owners trying to keep their devices long-term, but this is probably going to pass by without much notice.
- We’re starting to get some minor leaks about new features in Android 13. There is evidence to support wider theming options for Material You. It’s not quite as granular as we would like, but it does add more options and we like more options. Additionally, Android 13 might make QR code scanning as seamless as it’s ever been so be on the lookout for those. We’ll tell you more as we learn more.
- Google started out 2022 by criticizing Apple for its iMessage platform. The company believes Apple uses the green bubble function to bully people into buying iPhones. It’s not an unfair analysis, especially among teens and other younger users. The company then used its rallying cry to persuade Apple to support RCS in iMessage instead of SMS so Android users get more features. For those who don’t know, we wrote a primer on why iMessage is such a big deal in the US.
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