Welcome to the 496th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Let’s take a look at the major headlines from the past week:
1. Google is temporarily disabling all links in YouTube Shorts to combat link spam. However, starting in September 2023, they plan to introduce a new method for adding links, allowing users to see and click on links in comments, videos, and descriptions.
2. Gboard may soon incorporate generative AI for proofreading and emojis. The latest beta version includes proofreading features, but it requires storing users’ text on Google servers for 60 days. If this is something you’re interested in, it may be available in the regular version of Gboard in the near future.
3. Android 14 is introducing new security features, including preventing phones from dropping to a 2G connection and protecting voice and SMS traffic if the carrier doesn’t encrypt them automatically. These changes benefit users by reducing the risk of information theft, especially as most carriers have abandoned 2G networks.
4. Google Messages now automatically and securely encrypts all RCS chats, including group chats. This is a significant improvement, as one of the advantages of RCS is its end-to-end encryption. Users no longer need to manually configure the settings for this feature.
5. WhatsApp is expanding its screen-sharing feature to more users on Android, iOS, and Windows. This update aligns with WhatsApp’s goal of enhancing its usefulness in work environments, similar to Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.
In app news:
– Dawnlands is an open-world survival and crafting game with multiplayer capabilities, offering a unique gameplay experience that is less focused on pure survival and more reminiscent of popular games like Genshin Impact.
– Winlater is an open-source app on GitHub that enables users to play PC apps and games on their Android phones. While it’s still a work in progress, it shows promising potential for the future.
– Newbie Life is an idle RPG developed by Com2uS, offering an easy-to-play experience where players assemble a team of characters and watch them engage in automatic combat. Despite some initial connection issues, it’s a well-done idle RPG.
– Touch the Notch is a new app that allows users to map shortcuts to their phone’s notch or pinhole camera, providing convenient access to various commands such as opening the camera or taking a screenshot.
– Omniheroes is a mobile RPG with gacha elements, where players summon and upgrade heroes to progress through the game’s story. The game features adult-oriented themes reflected in its character designs.
If you have any other Android apps or games news or releases to share, please let us know in the comments.
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