Welcome to the 400th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- YouTube Music finally made its way to Wear OS 2.0 this week. It had previously made it to Wear OS 3.0, but heavy backlash told Google that there was more work to do. It won’t roll out to every watch on the onset. To start, only the Fossil Gen 6, Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw, Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 GPS and LTE, and Mobvoi TicWatch E3 get it first. The app seems like it works well enough. You can view some music stations and offline music tracks. Hit the first link to learn more.
- Samsung is removing ads from some of its apps starting this week. The first to go are Samsung Pay and Samsung Health. Samsung promised to remove more from other apps over the course of the rest of the year. The only other one we know about is Samsung Themes. The changes rolled out in Korea first. Hopefully, this change rolls out to even more Samsung apps and in more countries as well.
- BlueStacks launched its BlueStacks X platform this week. It’s a browser-based version of the app that runs in the cloud. You can log in from anything from a Raspberry Pi to your Xbox One via the Edge browser. You create an account and you can log in and start playing Android games. This is a separate release from the main BlueStacks so people can still use the regular version if they don’t like the cloud version. Hit the link for more details.
- In 2018, Google was slapped with a $5 billion fine for abusing its Android dominance. Google is still appealing the decision and is doing so in a creative way. They told the EU that the most popular search term on Bing (the second most popular search engine) was Google. It shows that Google would be the most popular even if it didn’t pair Search with Android. It probably won’t work, but it’s worth a shot.
- Researchers discovered a new type of malware. It was found in over 100 Android apps. The malware, GriftHorse, uses user phone numbers to sign up for subscriptions. It doesn’t use Google Play for it. Instead, it charges your carrier account. Google Play has already removed the apps. We have a full list at the link. Give the list a look, especially if you use third-party app stores.
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