Welcome to the 480th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
Google Pay users benefited from a bug this week. Google Play paid out way too much money for rewards. Some payments even reached more than $1,000. Google fixed the bug but also told users to keep the money. Not a bad week for some Google Pay users.
Snapchat is allegedly working on a dark mode for the Android version of Snapchat but is putting it behind a paywall. Rumor has it that Snapchat is putting dark mode behind Snapchat Plus, its subscription service. This is especially insulting, considering that the iOS version has a dark mode for free. However, it is a rumor, so it may not shake down that way.
Google is continuing with its Bard improvements this week. The company debuted a webpage to disclose changes made to Bard over time. The goal is to provide better transparency to Bard’s changes and inform people of the improvements being made. Hit the link to find out where the page is.
YouTube Premium added new features to the service this week. The first is an enhanced bitrate mode with higher-quality video at the same resolutions as non-paying users. The other features improve usability, and you can learn more at the link.
Google debuted an auto-archive feature this week. The goal is to reduce the need to uninstall apps. Essentially, it frees up to 60% of the app’s storage usage once it’s been archived. This allows the user to keep the app on the phone until they need it again while also still saving them space. This is an opt-in feature, and you can learn more about it at the link.
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