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#69 June 5th, 2016
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Android Apps you shouldn't miss this week
Skater
Skater allows you to skateboard using just your fingers and a board for you to do tricks. It's a fun little ode to the 90s.
Download from Google Play
Lifeline: Whiteout
Perhaps the best developer of text-based RPGs is back with Lifeline: Whiteout about a dystopian future.
Download from Google Play
Flamingo (beta)
Flamingo is a new Twitter application with some slick Material Design. It's a beta, but totally worth checking out. 
Join the beta in Google Play
Boomerang Notifications
Boomerang Notifications is a new app that allows you to have more control over your notifications.
Download from Google Play
Goat Simulator Waste of Space
Goat Simulator Waste of Space is the latest in the Goat Simulator series. This one has all the hijinks of the prior games, but this time, IN SPACE!
Download from Google Play
Headlines this week
  • An app developer is being sued just for publishing something on the Google Play Store. The story goes that a patent troll is suing developer Austin Meyer simply for uploading his app to the Play Store because the patent troll apparently owns the patent for the idea of the Google Play Store. It could cost Meyer millions if it goes to trial and will likely have to settle. That sucks.
  • Google released a new feature for apps called Google Nearby. The idea is to give apps a better idea of where you are so they can offer location-specific services. Some of the ideas presented was the ability to send photos to print at a nearby business, explore nearby landmarks, and stuff like that. It's out now, but it may be a little while before we start seeing it in apps.
  • Google Play is offering Led Zeppelin II: Remastered for free this week. They're also giving away a bunch of albums for $1, including The Doobie Brothers' Best of the Doobies, Zac Brown Band's The Foundation, Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, and ZZ Top's Eliminator. If you're looking for some cheap rock music to boost your collection, these are all great options.
  • App Annie released a report this week that suggests that people will spend $102 billion per year in apps and games by the year 2020. This looks at current trends where the industry has seen sustained growth over the last few years and it's assumed that more growth is coming. That's a good news for app and game developers and that means it's good news for consumers as well.
  • The rumor mill began circulating this week that Google is going to change their policies to let developers keep up to 85% of their subscription. This matches a similar initiative by Apple except Google's change would take place immediately whereas Apple requires developers to keep their subscriber for one year before the change. 
  • Square Enix has announced that Deus Ex GO will be hitting Android sometime this summer. This follows in the footsteps of the successes of Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO and the mechanics will be similar to both of those games. We don't have an exact release date  nor do we know if it'll be a paid game or a freemium game yet.
  • Late last week, Facebook started closing down the mobile browser version of Facebook Messenger. That means the only way to get it on mobile is to download the app or make your browser use the desktop agent which really only works some of the time. It sucks for people who don't want to use the app, but that's how it is now.
  • Google released a new app on iOS this week called Motion Stills that turns your Live Photos into gifs. This is, of course, an iOS exclusive for now because Android doesn't really have Live Photos unless an OEM skin adds them. We don't know if it's ever coming to Android, but it's worth a look if you use an iOS device.
  • Stitcher, the popular podcast platform, was purchased this week for $4.5 million. The buyer, E.W. Scripps, already owns a podcast advertising platform. The idea behind the acquisition was to create a service that allows for ads and podcasts together, instead of relying on ads to go on different networks. We'll see how that turns out in the coming months.
  • As it turns out, ISIS have active developers creating apps for ISIS members. Reports this week are that counterfeit apps are being distributed that are aimed to put malware on terrorist phones, likely to spy on them. In this hilariously ironic twist of fate, the terrorists are now worried that people are spying on them through their phones. You can't make this stuff up.
  • Google released a video this week showing how Android apps would run on Chromebooks. Check it out!
  • The latest Android Customization post by Feisty shows you how to backup your SMS, MMS, and call logs automatically.
App Updates this week
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