Welcome to the 143rd episode of the Android Apps Weekly show! Let’s take a look at the headlines from the last week:
- Google Play got a new feature this week that will recommend that you uninstall applications that you don’t use. This will save you space, obviously, but depending on the type of app, it may also help save you a bit of battery life. This is one of the few actually useful cleaner features we’ve seen and it should be rolling out right now.
- Amazon debuted Alexa in browser format this week. This idea is that you can test out and use the Alexa service without having to drop $200 on a device that carries it. While it’s not overly useful for anything other than seeing what it’s like for right now, it’s still a fun way to see what Alexa is all about.
- In a blog post late last week, Google celebrated the one year anniversary of Google Photos by announcing that Photos has accumulated 13.7 petabytes of photos. That’s about 182 years of HD movies worth of space if you watched them back to back. Most of those are selfies, obviously, and it shows how successful the service has been.
- A few Microsoft apps have received updates this week with a new “Tell Me” feature. This allows you to quickly search for various tools inside of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint so that you don’t have to go rooting around the app or a Google Search in order to find them. Given that there are entire college courses to teach you Microsoft products, this is an excellent feature.
- In an effort to make Google Now and “Okay, Google” more friendly, Google has hired Emma Coats from Pixar. For those who may not know, Coats has worked on movies such as Brave, the Spongebob Squarepants movie, and Monsters University. The goal is to make Google Now feel more human to go along with its efficiency.