Welcome to the 218th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:
- UC Browser hit a bit of trouble this week. The app disappeared from the Play Store entirely. Allegedly, the developers used some fairly shady and misleading techniques to increase their download numbers. UC Browser has denied those allegations. Google hasn’t made any statements and we really don’t expect them to. The app may be back in 30 days.
- Google released a study this week. Hackers apparently steal one million accounts and passwords per month. That includes figures from stuff like the big Yahoo security breach along with other sites like MySpace, Equifax, LinkedIn, and other sites with recent security issues. The data Google collected should be helpful for security companies moving forward. Despite the large sounding numbers, one million per month is actually a very small percentage of accounts out there.
- A bunch of Android games are on sale right now. That includes some fairly good games as well. Some of the games include Downwell ($0.99), Hitman Sniper (Free), Heroes of Steel ($0.99), and over a dozen others. We imagine that more discounts are coming when Black Friday rolls around. However, this is still a good chance to get some decent games on the cheap.
- Google changed their Play Store ToS again this last week. This time it’s to clean up the Accessibility Services. The point of Accessibility is to help the disabled use their phone. However, many apps use it to expand their functionality in ways that Android typically doesn’t allow. Apps that abuse the privilege are likely going away. However, some, like LastPass and other password managers, will remain safe for now. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
- YouTube announced some big changes this week. People watching music videos can now order concert tickets during playback. That’s kind of neat. However, the bigger news comes in early December. YouTube will no longer show suggested video links. Internal studies showed that only about 5% of people clicked on them anyway. Thus, YouTube is removing them for good. That change happens on December 14th. Finally, the service is looking to block adult-themed videos that look like they’re for little kids because that’s apparently a thing awful people are doing.
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