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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 144th episode of the Android Apps Weekly show! Let’s jump right into the headlines from the last 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.
  • App Annie released a report this week that suggests that people will spend $102 billion per year in apps and games in 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 prices. 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. This will likely encourage more subscriptions moving forward, for better or for worse.
  • 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 popular theory is that 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.

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[Price: $4.99]
Skater is a new game that allows you to skateboard using your fingers. The gameplay features a more or less empty skateboard with a pair of shoes on them and your goal is to use your fingers to control the board’s movements. It’s not an altogether different idea than True Skate, but this one doesn’t feature in-app purchases. There are a ton of boards, tricks, and plenty of locations to play around with. It does have a few bugs here and there so do beware of those, but at least keep this one on your radar.

Get it now on Google Play!

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