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Some interesting stats about Google Play Store vs. Apple App Store apps and development

We don't usually cover infographics and comparisons on Android Police - most are biased, pointless, or without much credibility - but this latest data set from appfigures made us stop and do a double-take because it presented interesting stats from a rather reputable app analytics company.

appfigures' report looked at 10 different questions regarding the Play Store and App Store and tried to answer them with stats pulled from its Explorer app research tool. The answers are all very interesting in their own right, but a few of them caught our attention. First of all, as shown in the graph at the top of the page, it's clear that more apps are going cross-platform from iOS to Android than the other way around.

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WhatsApp 2.18.102 brings a voice note recording lock option

If you've been following the WhatsApp rumors, you'd know that we've been promised a voice recording lock option for a while now and it's finally live in the beta channel on version 2.18.102 of the app. The lock won't show up immediately after you start recording a voice note, but after a few seconds it will appear with a little hint that sliding up will lock the microphone on.

Anyone who's used WhatsApp's voice recording knows that it can be a little annoying: you tap the microphone and have to keep it tapped while you're talking then release it to send the message or slide to the left to cancel it.

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Facebook attempts to clarify its terms and data policy to address privacy concerns

After being in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, Facebook is moving to allay data privacy concerns and restore some semblance of trust. This comes after the Cambridge Analytica scandal — in which data from 87 million users was improperly shared — and another controversy surrounding data harvesting in Facebook's apps. The FTC has been watching these stories with interest and is now investigating the company's practices.

In response, Facebook has made its privacy controls easier to access and use, and now two blog posts detail further changes. The first of those outlines proposed updates to its terms of service and data policy, designed to provide extra clarity without asking for any new permissions or altering previous choices.

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Here are 15 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday. Another round of app sales is in order, and after Monday's, today's is a nice break. Still, there are some good options in here, so be checking for those. Peruse at your leisure and I'll see you all on Friday.

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Google Maps v9.75 beta rolls out with notifications for transit maps, hints of bicycle sharing integration, and mystery LG "perks" [APK Teardown]

Late last night, the latest version of Google Maps began rolling out through the beta channel. For many people, this will likely bring new notifications with convenient shortcuts to local area transit maps. There are also signs that Google is adding integration with bicycle sharing services, a vague hint of new activity around speed limits, and possibly some new perks for Local Guides.

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Google Play Games v5.6 may add ability to delete select game data from Play Games servers [APK Teardown]

Personal privacy is and probably always will be a difficult topic now that a digital lifestyle has become indelibly linked to our culture. It's not enough to stop using a service, we should be able to have data deleted from the servers just in case a hacker manages to gain access. Google Play Games has long offered the ability to erase entire profiles, which includes the Gamer ID, XP, scores, and any other data saved to its servers. Now there's text suggesting we'll get the ability to be picky and wipe individual games from the record while leaving everything else intact.

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Facebook adds 360-degree photos and HD video to Messenger, publisher information to News Feed

Facebook is rolling out new features today to what are arguably its most important products: the News Feed and Messenger. On the Messenger side, you'll get panoramic photos and HD video support. Meanwhile, the News Feed will get additional tools to help you assess the credibility of a publication that appears in your Feed.

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Spotify begins public trading under symbol SPOT

Spotify is now a publicly traded company. The world's largest streaming music provider began public trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SPOT. The stock opened at $165.90 per share and has been trending down since then; according to Market Watch, as of this writing, it's hovering around $153.

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Adobe Lightroom CC gets new image profiles, detail adjustments, and more

Adobe Lightroom CC is one of the most competent mobile photo editors out there, and it's gained some additional functionality today. The app has been updated to version 3.4, adding new RAW Profiles, Camera Matching Profiles, and Creative Profiles. The update also adds sliders for sharpness control and film grain simulation, among other improvements.

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SwiftKey adds calendar and location sharing to the new toolbar [Update]

Swiftkey launched a new toolbar interface just a couple weeks back, and it's adding a few more features to it today. With the latest update, you can easily insert your current location as well as calendar appointments. SwiftKey promised both these features previously, and here they are.

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