Welcome to the 425th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google Play will finally allow apps to do custom billing in the Play Store. Spotify is the first to try out the new system where users can choose their billing platform. Google is also working with other developers to test the new feature. Hit the link to learn more, but this is a very big deal.
- YouTube is streaming 100 TV shows for free, including Andromeda, Kitchen Nightmares, and Beyond Belief. The only caveat is you have to watch ads just like on normal cable television. Those 100 TV shows comprise over 4,000 total episodes of TV. It’s only limited to the US right now, but we hope YouTube expands availability over time.
- Steam for Chrome OS is finally 100% official. It’s in the alpha stages right now, so it’s only available for a handful of Chromebooks and it probably won’t work too well out of the box at this time. However, Google officially recognizes this as a thing and has a website specifically for Steam on Chrome OS. Congrats, Chromebook users, you are now a PC gaming platform now.
- WhatsApp took its sweet time, but it’s finally rolling out message reactions to normal users. The first wave supports six total reactions, but should expand over time. This is a case of WhatsApp playing catchup as some major competitors like Discord and Telegram already had the feature. Click the link to learn more.
- Apple TV took a step backward this week. The service is now blocking Android TV users from renting or buying content on the official app. The app recommends that you use an iPhone, iPad, or a different streaming service to buy content. Apple hasn’t given an official comment as of the time of this writing, but at least existing purchases aren’t affected.
- We had a recent poll about Netflix’s upcoming account sharing price hike. Predictably, over 87% of our readers strongly dislike the idea of paying more money to share a password with a family member. You can click the link for the full data.
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