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A major update to the stocks messaging app for Android has been released, with Material Design-based revisions being implemented.
As [reported by Dami Lee at The Verge](https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/16/17698986/android-messages-dark-mode-google-material-design) and [Brittany Roston at SlashGear](https://www.slashgear.com/android-messages-gets-dark-mode-heres-how-to-enable-it-16541470/), the built-in messages app for the Android mobile operating system has received official support for a dark mode.
In addition to support for dark mode, other Material Design enhancements are also present, including new fonts for text, replacing the + icon with a "start chat" button when looking to message a new person, and defaulting the color for message bubbles to blue (while also removing the option to change the color of for message bubbles or contacts).
Version 3.5 of the https://alternativeto.net/software/messenger/ app is [available now](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging) on the https://alternativeto.net/software/android-market/.
Google One, Google's new umbrella for Google Drive paid storage plans, is officially rolling out.
As [announced back in May](https://alternativeto.net/news/2018/5/google-drive-will-become-google-one-introducing-new-storage-plan-pricing), Google One is now launching for U.S. users. This means that https://alternativeto.net/software/google-drive/ users in the U.S. will now be able to take advantage of the lower pricing for 100 GB, 200 GB, and 2 TB storage plans while also receiving access to live customer service, https://alternativeto.net/software/android-market/ credit, hotel discounts via https://alternativeto.net/software/google-search/, and the ability to share their storage by granting five additional users their own private storage space.
The ability to add other users to a paid storage plan starting at 100 GB for $1.99 a month makes the pricing and service offered for Google One competitive with services such as https://alternativeto.net/software/dropbox/, https://alternativeto.net/software/icloud/, and https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-onedrive/.
No further details for when https://alternativeto.net/software/google-one/'s rollout will expand internationally were announced.
Google Voice is being renovated to bring it more in line with use for enterprise customers.
As Google Voice is now a part of the company's G Suite group of applications, the app has now rearranged its features to accommodate this change in focus.
Now, when users are logged in, the first tab that they will see is the Calls tab. This reflects https://alternativeto.net/software/google-voice/'s focus on traditional telephone calls. Next is the brand new Contacts tab which integrates with your address book. This is followed by Messages and, finally, Voicemail.
Google Voice's Do Not Disturb feature will automatically be activated and deactivated according to users' working hours within https://alternativeto.net/software/google-calendar/.
For non-enterprise https://alternativeto.net/software/g-suite/ customers, enhanced Do Not Disturb functionality and Google Calendar integration will not be available.
[According to 9to5Google](https://9to5google.com/2018/08/13/google-voice-ios-redesign-icon/), These features, alongside a new logo for the design refresh, are available now on iOS, with Android users receiving this update gradually.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users hoping to update to iOS 12 and jump into a FaceTime call with up to 31 other people will have to wait a little bit longer.
9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo [shared news about the delay](https://twitter.com/_inside/status/1029049364545777664) on Twitter. According to Apple's patch notes for the latest iOS 12 beta, "Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12," with the company planning on officially launching the feature in a supplemental update to iOS 12 "later this fall."
For those that were excited to use group video calling because of Apple's end-to-end encrypted, privacy-focused framework, other end-to-end encrypted alternatives that support group video calling on https://alternativeto.net/software/ios/ include https://alternativeto.net/software/whatsapp/ (which [just launched](https://alternativeto.net/news/2018/8/whatsapp-four-person-group-video-calling-has-launched) 4-person encrypted video calls on July 30th) and https://alternativeto.net/software/wire/.
Another hero shooter based off a classic first person shooter campaign is now free-to-play on PC.
During Bethesda's annual [Quakecon convention keynote](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd87p39jcQo), developer id Software [announced](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmQJmifneCU) that the latest entry in the https://alternativeto.net/software/quake/ franchise, Quake Champions, will now be free-to-play permanently, more than a year after it exited beta and entered Steam Early Access.
Quake Champions is a first-person shooter with the series' trademark movement mechanics, but with influence from the modern hero shooter trend most popularized by titles such as https://alternativeto.net/software/overwatch/.
The game is [available](https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/611500/) on https://alternativeto.net/software/steam/ or through [Bethesda.net](https://quake.bethesda.net/en).
Discord users will soon be able to not only talk about games with the app, but buy, launch, and play them, too.
According to [Discord's announcement of its official in-app store](https://blog.discordapp.com/the-discord-store-beta-9a35596fdd4), 50,000 Canadian Discord users will be the first to beta test the new feature. The initial lineup of games that will be purchasable from Discord directly include:
- Into the Breach
- https://alternativeto.net/software/spellforce/ 3
- The Banner Saga 3
- https://alternativeto.net/software/pillars-of-eternity/ II: Deadfire
- This is the Police 2
On top of games being offered on a storefront, subscribers to https://alternativeto.net/software/discord-app/'s Nitro service will now have access to games with their subscription. At launch, these games include:
- Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package and Saints Row IV – Game of the Century Edition from the https://alternativeto.net/software/saints-row-series-/ series
- Metro: Last Light Redux
- Lost Horizon
- https://alternativeto.net/software/darksiders-series-/: Warmastered Edition
- Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition
In addition to being able to purchase, download, and launch games from Discord directly, the game-centric messaging, voice, and video chat app will also be able to scan users' computers for other video game storefronts and games, allowing users to launch the game directly from Discord regardless of what storefront it was purchased from. Discord will automatically launch both the storefront's client and the game.
These features do not have a final launch date, and Discord noted that "...things may change by the time we’re ready to launch. What you see today will likely not be what you see in the future."
Photo sharing and instant messaging app Snapchat hasn't had the best of luck as of late. Between reporting a loss of 3 million users following the launch of its redesign, as well as a source code breach after releasing the latest version of its app for iOS, today's events are not helping.
Snapchat revealed in its [second quarter earnings report](https://investor.snap.com/~/media/Files/S/Snap-IR/press-release/q2-18-earnings-release.pdf) that its userbase has decreased from 191 million to 188 million total users. According to [The Verge](https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/7/17661878/snapchat-earnings-q2-2018-results-redesign), Snap CEO Evan Spiegel stated that the company feels as if it has “...now addressed the biggest frustrations we’ve heard and are eager to make more progress on the tremendous opportunity we now have to show more of the right content to the right people.” This is the first quarter that Snap has reported a loss in user count.
In addition to this, source code from the iOS version of the Snapchat app was accidentally exposed back in early May, with a (now delisted) [GitHub page for the code](https://github.com/i5xx/Source-SnapChat). A representative from Snap [released a statement to Motherboard](https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywkqew/snapchat-code-leaked-online-github-removed):
“An iOS update in May exposed a small amount of our source code and we were able to identify the mistake and rectify it immediately,” a Snap spokesperson told Motherboard in an email. “We discovered that some of this code had been posted online and it has been subsequently removed. This did not compromise our application and had no impact on our community.”
In the same article, Motherboard also reports about users trading this code privately following the successful DMCA request to delist the code from GitHub.
For more coverage of these financial results and code leaks, see the following articles
[The Verge's coverage](https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/7/17661878/snapchat-earnings-q2-2018-results-redesign)
[The Next Web's coverage](https://thenextweb.com/security/2018/08/07/hacker-swipes-snapchats-source-code-publishes-it-on-github/)
Movies Anywhere, the US-only cloud-based legal digital movie locker service, now supports movies from the Microsoft Store.
After announcing the news [a day early accidentally](https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/6/17655246/microsoft-movies-anywhere-xbox-windows-10), Microsoft [officially announced](https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/08/06/microsoft-movies-tv-now-supports-movies-anywhere/) its participation in the Movies Anywhere service on August 7th, 2018. This means that movies previously purchased and synced through the Movies Anywhere app from supported digital storefronts will now be playable on Microsoft's https://alternativeto.net/software/movies-and-tv/ app for https://alternativeto.net/software/windows-10/ and Xbox.
https://alternativeto.net/software/movies-anywhere/ is a commercial service that serves as a sort of locker for legally acquired digital movies from participating stores. https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-store/ support comes as an addition to https://alternativeto.net/software/amazon-video/, https://alternativeto.net/software/fandango/, https://alternativeto.net/software/google-play-movies/, https://alternativeto.net/software/itunes/, and https://alternativeto.net/software/vudu/. Movies purchased from one of any of these participating digital stores will also be added to a user's Movies Anywhere library, which will allow the user to play back the content from any of the participating libraries for no additional charge.
The Movies Anywhere service supports movies from 20th Century Fox, Disney, Sony Pictures, Universal, and Warner Bros. By linking a Microsoft account to the service, users will get X-Men: Days of Future Past for free.
Google has revealed the final name for the latest version of Android. Version 9.0 of the mobile operating system is officially named "Pie." In addition to the name, the operating system itself is now available on the company's Pixel line of phones.
Android Pie utilizes machine learning for its "Adaptive Battery" and "Adaptive Brightness" features. These features, alongside improvements to navigation, app switching, and a "Digital Wellbeing" toolset that shows how long users are using apps, are all detailed on the operating system's [official website](https://www.android.com/versions/pie-9-0/).
According to VentureBeat, Android Pie is slated for other devices produced by Essential Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony Xperia, and Vivo, and Xiaomi by the "end of this fall." The OS will not be released for Nexus devices.
For further coverage of this release, see these links:
Following its release on nearly every other major platform, Fortnite is finally arriving on Android. However, those hoping to download it through Google's app storefront are in for a surprise: the game will use its own dedicated launcher that must be downloaded directly from Epic's website.
In a [frequently asked questions session with Eurogamer](https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2018-fortnite-on-android-doesnt-use-google-play-confirmed), Epic's Tim Sweeney provides a few reasons as to why the massively popular free-to-play online multiplayer shooter is forgoing distribution on the https://alternativeto.net/software/android-market/. One of the first reasons Sweeney mentions is that Epic believes "gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android."
In addition to this, Sweeney confirms that, if Epic had this same option for release on iOS, they would have forgone releasing on the https://alternativeto.net/software/app-store/ as well. Sweeney states, when prompted about this method posing a security risk for those that may be deceived by a malicious installer masking itself as Fortnite, stated that users "should look carefully at the source of software [they are] installing, and only install software from sources [they] trust."
Sweeney goes on to state that this move is motivated by Epic's desire to foster "a direct relationship with [its] customers on all platforms where that's possible." He also admits that the 30% store tax imposed not only in the Google Play Store, but also on storefronts such as the iOS App Store, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, https://alternativeto.net/software/steam/, and the Xbox Store, is one that Epic will avoid whenever possible. This explains why Fortnite isn't available on storefronts such as Steam or the https://alternativeto.net/software/mac-app-store/.
A release date has not been confirmed, however, sites such as [XDA Developers](https://www.xda-developers.com/fortnite-mobile-on-android-google-play-store/) and [9to5Google](https://9to5google.com/2018/07/26/source-fortnite-for-android-note-9-release-date/) are stating a rumor that the game will be formally revealed at Samsung's August 9th Galaxy Unpacked presentation as a 30-day timed exclusive for the yet-to-be-revealed Galaxy Note 9.
A little over a year after cutting the sharing rate from 7% to 2.5%, Apple is discontinuing its affiliate program for the App Store found on its hardware running iOS and macOS.
The announcement was made on Apple's [official iTunes affiliate page](https://affiliate.itunes.apple.com/resources/blog/affiliate-program-app-store-updates/), stating in both English and Japanese that the affiliate program will be removed from both the iOS and https://alternativeto.net/software/mac-app-store/'s apps and in-app content. The trillion-dollar company cited "increased methods of app discovery" from the updated https://alternativeto.net/software/app-store/ as the reason for retiring this program.
Though affiliates will no longer receive commission based on apps and in-app purchases, they will still be able to earn commission on customers that buy books, movies, music, and television shows from iTunes using their referral links.
Sites that sustain themselves of affiliate revenue, such as TouchArcade, [have written disparaging posts](https://toucharcade.com/2018/08/01/apple-kills-the-app-store-affiliate-program-and-i-have-no-idea-what-we-are-going-to-do/) following the move. Alternative revenue streams, such as affiliate links via Amazon and direct funding from users via https://alternativeto.net/software/patreon/, may be needed in the near future for sites of this kind.
Apple has set the cutoff date for its App Store affiliate program to October 1st, 2018.
Reddit has suffered a data breach that contains data from 2007, as well as data from June of 2018.
On the official r/announcements subreddit, Keyser Sosa, Reddit's Founding Engineer, [detailed what was compromised](https://www.reddit.com/r/announcements/comments/93qnm5/we_had_a_security_incident_heres_what_you_need_to/) with this security breach. A hacker managed to access select Reddit employees' accounts from June 14th to June 18th. The hacker did not gain access to write data on Reddit's servers. However, they did manage to steal two vast pools of data.
The first pool of data mentioned was all of Reddit's data from its launch in June of 2005 to May of 2007. This information includes both usernames and passwords (the passwords are salted and hashed), as well as public and private content and messages. Reddit is reaching out to all users impacted by this breach.
In addition to this old database breach, another pool of data was also stolen: June 2018 email digests distributed by Reddit. Though the only user data accessed from this are usernames and email addresses of users that had an email address associated with their Reddit account and had the “email digests” user preference checked between June 3rd to June 17th, it is still a good idea to take measures to secure your account.
Outside of those two major pools of data, other data compromised includes "source code, internal logs, configuration files and other employee workspace files," according to Sosa. None of this data has any user data.
Reddit recommends users change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication on their accounts.
Group video calling is now available on one of the world's most popular messaging services.
Announced [back in early May](https://alternativeto.net/news/2018/5/facebook-announces-dating-app-features-and-more-at-its-f8-conference), popular messenger WhatsApp has launched support for group video calling of up to four people simultaneously.
In order to use the group video calling functionality, users should start a one-on-one video call and then tap the newly implemented "add participant" button in the upper right corner of their screen.
The WhatsApp [blog post announcing the availability of the feature](https://blog.whatsapp.com/10000646/Group-Calling-for-Voice-and-Video-Is-Here) states that these group calls will always be encrypted end-to-end (similar to its https://alternativeto.net/software/signal-private-messenger/ and https://alternativeto.net/software/telegram/ contemporaries), and that the call functionality is designed to "work reliably around the world in different network conditions."
The feature is now available on https://alternativeto.net/software/whatsapp/ for https://alternativeto.net/software/android/ and https://alternativeto.net/software/ios/.
Google's flagship mobile operating system is now getting support for a dark theme on one of the company's most popular websites months after its competing operating systems received support for it.
Though the ability to change the video sharing site's theme from light to dark has been available on desktop and laptop computers since its redesign last year, and the dark theme has also been available for iOS devices for months, the feature has yet to be officially rolled out to Android users. According to multiple reports, this is now changing.
Though previously possible to enable dark theme support on the Android version of the YouTube app, it had to be manually enabled following [this guide from XDA Developers](https://www.xda-developers.com/enable-youtube-dark-mode-android/). However, over the past couple of days, [users on Reddit](https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/92m1os/youtube_dark_theme_active/) as well as other social networks. According to [Richard Gao at Android Police](https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/28/youtube-dark-theme-now-available-android/), some users received an in-app notification about dark mode being available on the bottom of their Android device screens.
This rollout does, however, seem to be gradual and in waves instead of a global rollout to all YouTube users running Android. Google has yet to release an official statement confirming the nature of the rollout for native dark theme support on YouTube for Android, nor has it released any planned dates or rollout criteria.
The team collaboration software space is facing consolidation in the face of renewed competition.
In [an announcement](https://slackhq.com/atlassian-and-slack-partnership) on the official Slack blog, April Underwood, Slack's Chief Product Officer, positions the move as a "partnership" between Slack and Atlassian, the owner of Hipchat and Stride.
According to Atlassian's [corresponding blog post](https://www.atlassian.com/blog/announcements/new-atlassian-slack-partnership), Joff Redfern, Atlassian's Vice President of Product Management, explains that the company has made an equity investment in Slack in exchange for Slack's acquisition of https://alternativeto.net/software/hipchat/ and https://alternativeto.net/software/stride-by-atlassian/. Both services are discontinued, with Slack providing a migration path for users of both applications in order to continue working using the company's flagship https://alternativeto.net/software/slack/ team collaboration software.
This move comes half a month after [Microsoft introduced a free version](https://alternativeto.net/news/2018/7/microsoft-is-introducing-a-free-version-of-teams-as-an-alternative-to-slack) of its https://alternativeto.net/software/microsoft-teams/ real-time collaboration software.
In addition to absorbing Hipchat and Stride's users, Slack will be committing development resources to further Slack's integration with other Atlassian products, such as https://alternativeto.net/software/bitbucket/, https://alternativeto.net/software/jira/, and https://alternativeto.net/software/trello/.
Both Atlassian and Slack have set up dedicated migration pages for users of Hipchat and Stride to smoothly migrate to Slack:
[Atlassian's migration page](https://www.atlassian.com/partnerships/slack)
[Slack's migration page](https://slack.com/migration/atlassian)