Welcome to the 409th edition of Android Apps Weekly. Here are the big headlines from the last week:
- The Unicode Consortium announced the most popular emoji from 2021. They include the laughing with tears, heart, the other laughing with tears, thumbs up, and crying. Believe it or not, three of the top five are the same in 2021 as they were in 2019, the last time the list was launched. Hit the link to learn more or hit this link to learn how you can finally make dog emoji combos in Gboard.
- New flags are present in the latest developer build of Chrome OS that strongly suggests that official Steam support is coming. The flags were for Borealis, the team responsible for Steam support on the platform. This has some major repercussions, including making Chrome OS an actually decent place to find AAA games. The developer build has to make its way through beta and then to stable before any of us will see it.
- An internal FBI document circulating around shows that WhatsApp and iMessage give the most info to the FBI. The document mentions various other messaging apps and their various involvement with the feds. Signal and Telegram are two larger platforms that give the FBI virtually nothing. Hit the link to view the infographic for yourself and see how well your messaging app does among the ones listed. We assume many readers are sad about WhatsApp’s involvement, especially considering how many of them use WhatsApp’s stickers.
- Spotify launched Spotify Wrapped 2021. This magical time of year gives you all kinds of insights into what you listened to. Spotify users can check it out in the app and share neat little cards with their friends on social media. Sharing the Wrapped cards is a pretty big part of the holiday season for Spotify users. Hit the link to learn how to find yours and share it with others.
- It’s that time of year for end-of-the-year lists of the best things. Google Play announced theirs this week and you can check it out at the link. Google Play’s picks include Pokemon Unite, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, and many other games. For apps, Google Play chose Balance, Canva, Clubhouse, Whatifi, Disney+, MyFitnessPal, and many others.
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