Welcome to the 428th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google is suing a man for using its Google services to do bad things. A man set up a face dog adoption website, accepted money from clients, and never delivered any puppies. The guy also used Gmail, Google Voice, and other services to conduct this shady business. Google responded by suing the crap out of the guy and we couldn’t be happier about it.
- A security researcher found an SDK that sent large amounts of data to a US defense contractor. It reported those apps to Google and Google remove them. It’s believed that apps with the SDK was downloaded over 60 million times across a variety of app genres. Click the link to learn more, but rest assured, the apps are now gone.
- Unlimted Google Photos is back, but it’s not free. Google announced a new Google One plan for $15 per month. It includes 2TB of data for Google Drive along with an unlimited photo and video backup. This seems like the endgame for Google Photos. Google says the service is quite expensive to run and this lets Google fund it appropriately. It seems like a decent deal, especially with all of that extra cloud storage space.
- Plex released an update that is actually pretty awesome. It lets you log in to your various video streaming services so you can watch video from any of them without needing to switch apps. It’s available now for all users except Roku. Roku users have to wait a bit longer. We asked our readers if they like Plex, and most of them do, so we’re happy to see such a good update going out to so many people.
- Samsung unveiled another fold in the big throttling debacle that’s been going on this year. Samsung says it throttles its phones to prevent overheating. Apparently, the new Spadragon 8 Gen 1 chips are causing some overheating issues when left at full throttle. Hit the link to read more.