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Top 5 Android apps you should not miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Top 5 Android apps you should not miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

5 Android apps you should not miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 275th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
  • Facebook is paying for one of its many privacy scandals. The $5 billion fine is the result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal from 2018. Facebook had $3 billion set aside for the verdict so it’s hardly a surprise. Facebook needs $2 billion more but it shouldn’t be a problem for the tech giant. The fine is the largest fine for a tech company in the FTC’s history.

  • Minecraft Earth is inching closer and closer to release. The first wave of beta invites went out this week. Unfortunately, the beta hit iOS devices first so Android users have to wait a little while. Testers have a week to try the beta. After that, the developers give the test spot to someone else. The game is an AR title similar to games like Pokemon Go, but with Minecraft elements instead. Hit the link to learn more.

  • Google banned a developer this week for malware use. The Chinese developer CooTek had all of its apps removed. That’s good news, though, because they all had the BeiTaAd malware. The malware notably hid from Google Play’s security for a good long while before exposure from an external third party security company. One of the biggest apps was TouchPal Keyboard. It no longer exists on Google Play at the time of this writing.

  • World Emoji Day was this last weekand Google helped celebrate the event. The company added 65 new emoji to Android Q, including a sloth, a new dog emoji, garlic, waffles, a skunk, and an orangutan. We’ll see the new emoji in the next release of Andorid. Until then, hit the link to see all of the new emoji.

  • LG is finally hitting the mobile payment market in the United States. The company launched LG Pay in the U.S. this week after years of waiting. Unfortunately, the app only works on the LG G8. We do expect support on future LG devices, though. LG Pay’s most notable feature is the ability to function on non-NFC terminals like Samsung Pay does. It could be a big deal for LG moving forward.