Welcome to the 450th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
Google is putting a lot of its own projects on the chopping block. The company wants to operate more efficiently. The answer seems to be canceling unnecessary projects. The Area 120 division cut its projects down from 14 to seven. Overall, Sunday Pichai wants to increase Google’s efficiency by 20%. That likely means some apps are on the chopping block as well.
Google Play introduced a 24-hour review delay for the Play Store. The aim is to prevent review bombing and prevent suspicious reviews. It’s no secret that fake reviews are a problem on Google Play. Developers can still reply to newly submitted reviews, but they won’t show up on the Play Store page for a day. Hit the link to read more.
Google lost the first appeal to overturn a record-breaking EU fine from 2018. The fine was levied because Google requires OEMs to pre-load phones with Google Search and other Google products in order to use Google Play. After deliberations, the courts held up the EU’s decision, and Google is off to round two.
Discord officially launched on Xbox this week. It was in beta for a while, and we’re happy to see it out for real. The process isn’t terribly complicated, but it takes place almost exclusively with the Discord and Xbox apps on your phone. Hit the link to learn how to connect Discord to Xbox.
Apple’s Dynamic Island made quite the splash this week. It also only took developers about a day to mimic the effect on Android phones. It only works on Xiaomi devices via an MIUI theme, but it’s still pretty neat to see. We asked our readers if they thought Dynamic Island was cool, and, believe it or not, more than 50% of our readers said no.
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