Welcome to the 455th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week.
- YouTube is increasing its Premium family plan subscription by 23% next month. The price is going from $17.99 to $22.99 per month. It starts next month, although some long-term subscribers may get a few months before it kicks in. It’s a pretty hefty price hike; you can read more about it at the link. On a positive note, at least YouTube isn’t locking its 4K videos behind the paywall.
- We asked our readers if they’d pay for Netflix’s new $6.99 per month ad-supported plan. Most of them said they would not pay for it. The biggest issue among our readers is the part where they’re paying money but still seeing the advertising. We get it and wouldn’t want to pay for something and still see ads.
- Google attempted to throw some shade at Tim Cook on Twitter. However, the social media person working for Google uses an iPhone. Thus, the age-old Twitter for iPhone post was called out, and Google reposted it from the web. It’s a funny little gaff we’ve seen before, and we’re sure we’ll see it again. Mark Zuckerberg also threw some shade at iMessage for being less secure than WhatsApp.
- Microsoft is apparently building a game store. Details came out during court proceedings. Sony is trying to block Microsoft from buying Activision Blizzard, and one of the documents in the case had the information. Apparently, Microsoft wants to build a game store that works across platforms, including mobile. Hit the link to learn more about what’s going on there.
- While we’re talking about Microsoft, it’s also upgrading its Android support on Windows 11. The company is updating its Windows Subsystem for Android to support Android 13 along with all of its new APIs and features. The update will also bring file transfers and shortcuts. We don’t know when the update is coming, but it is on its way.