Welcome to the 192nd edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- Google Photos had a big week at Google I/O 2017. You can now order actual Photo Books for as little as $9.99. Additionally, the service added Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries. Those help make sharing photos even easier than it was before. It’ll also have support for the newly announced Google Lens project. It can do fun things like remove obstacles from images. Some of the features are rolling out now. Others are coming in the next few weeks or month.
- Google Assistant also had a huge week at Google I/O. For starters, it’ll be available for iOS devices in the next week or so. Additionally, support for over half a dozen languages is coming in the near future. It’ll also have Google Lens integration to help make things even easier. You can even order food directly from Google Assistant now and shop online. It’s going to feel like a completely new experience before next year.
- One of the many big announcements at Google I/O 2017 was Google Play Protect. This is a layer of protection that makes antivirus apps even more unnecessary. It will scan apps on your phone periodically. The goal is to make sure there are no threats. The service will automatically remove threats once detected. It’s in the latest Android O beta and will likely also be in the final release.
- Microsoft held their Build 2017 developer conference last week. Their biggest announcement is the inclusion of a new system in their apps. Their ultimate goal is to allow you to use stuff on your Windows 10 PC and then seamlessly pick up where you left off on Android devices, iOS devices, etc. It’s really good to see Microsoft adopting cross platform support unlike their competitors.
- Apparently, Nintendo is working on a Legend of Zelda title for mobile. The Wall Street Journal reported the news early last week. According to the report, DeNA will develop the game. That means it’ll likely be a freemium title much like Final Fantasy Record Keeper was. As long as it isn’t something simple and awful, people will likely enjoy it. There is no current time frame on release right now.
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