Welcome to the 236th edition of Android Apps Weekly! As always, here are the big headlines this week:
- Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company, is making all carrier bloatware optional. This gives customers a cleaner experience from the beginning. Additionally, it makes updates easier for device producers. Without the bloatware, companies can push updates directly to the phone without carrier involvement. Should T-Mobile adopt its parent company policy, it could mean huge changes in the US mobile industry.
- Google rolled out a new feature for Google Play. Google Play Instant lets you play games before downloading. It only works with a few games right now. It’s also in closed beta. Thus, new titles may not reach the service for a while. However, it should expand quickly upon public release. This adds to Instant Apps as a great way to try stuff before you even download it.
- Telegram has a hard choice to make. Russia’s Supreme Court mandated that Telegram give up its encryption keys if Russia asks for them. The company now must choose whether to comply, break the law, or pull out of Russia. Telegram has some of the best privacy of any chat app. Giving away the encryption keys would betray all of its users. We don’t assume they’ll do that, so that puts them in quite the pickle. The service boasts 9.5 million Russian users right now.
- Subway Surfers had outstanding news this week. The game became the first ever mobile game to amass one billion downloads in Google Play. It took the popular infinite runner about five years to hit the mark. That’s a really long time to remain consistently popular. Additionally, the developers did a great job of keeping it updated and visible over the years. Congratulations!
- The massive Facebook meltdown continued this week. People are deleting their profiles left and right. Many high profile people, like WhatsApp’s former CEO, agree that deleting one’s Facebook page is the best option. Some people, including one our writers, believes that decision may be too hasty. In any case, you can read the full thing by clicking here. Those who keep Facebook may want to update their privacy settings, though, just in case.
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