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    How much feedback is enough, and does too much risk being counter-productive? It's a question countless companies have faced, and we're sure Facebook is just one of the most recent as it prepares to launch Reactions to a wide audience: will all those new responses empower users to better express how they feel about posts, or will too many possible responses make it that much more difficult to get an at-a-glance reaction to how users in general feel about a post? Sometimes less really can be more, and that may be what Google's considering as it rolls out one of its latest changes to the ...

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    Roses are red, violets are blue, Android has more fans than iOS, but with less money to spend on both hardware and software. Facts of life or exaggerated urban legends? You know, like Apple’s alleged mobile security advantage, disputed in numerous reports of late. Unfortunately for Google, its device-making partners, and especially friendly app developers, the same can’t be said about Cupertino’s edge when it comes to App Store revenue. That one’s no myth, and in fact, iOS titles generate more income overall, despite considerably lagging behind their Android counterparts in terms ...

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    When you go looking for a new app, it's good to know what you're getting into. That's why app stores like the Google Play Store try to provide users with ample notice of what to expect, from permissions the app will use, to the presence (and pricing) of in-app purchases, to a rating, warning users of potentially objectionable content. That's well and good when all the content in your app is coming right from the publisher, but what about when the app itself is a tool for consuming outside content: say, something along the lines of a web browser, or a media player? Developers of such titles ...

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    Piece by piece, over the course of the day we've been getting to know Google Play's holiday deals. First we spotted that sale on whole albums, and later saw Google's generosity extend to a 75-percent-off sale on movie rentals. If you've been following these offers, you had to be thinking what we were: “Those are cool and all, but Google Play sells a lot of other stuff, too; where are the sales on apps?” All good things come to those who wait, and it looks like our patience has paid off, as Google goes public with the rest of its Play Store deals. How about those apps? We love a good ...

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    A new day, a new reason to get into the holiday spirit, courtesy of Android’s always giving creators. Yes, Google has yet another deal to spoil its mobile fans with, following several incentives to buy the second-gen Chromecast, Nexus 5X, 6P and Huawei Watch discounts, as well as a little something, something taken off even your most trivial Play Store purchases. But don’t be in a rush to use your PayPal rebate on Adele’s sizzling hot “25” e-record, as the “ALBUM2015” coupon code lets you shave a much more significant 50 percent off the album’s normal price. You’ll ...

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    It’s pretty obvious Google decided to put greater emphasis on Christmas savings than Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals this year, very recently taking $50 off the Nexus 5X and 6P, as well as throwing in $20 Play Store credit with second-gen Chromecast purchases, and further bundling in some sweet free premium content. The latest special offer technically comes from PayPal, not the search giant, though Big G must have also given its blessing for your $3 discounts. Granted, 3 bucks isn’t a lot of money, but if you’ve been keeping an eye on apps, games, movies, books or magazine ...

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    An old Nexus Player or a new Google Chromecast? Tricky choice for living room entertainment addicts, as the former remains more powerful, but the latter is practically given away for free until January 2. Not to mention it’s smaller, extremely easy to set up, prettier than its predecessor, and speedier as far as Wi-Fi playback is concerned. Bottom line, the Chromecast 2 felt like a bargain at $35, and if you add complimentary $20 Play Store credit into the equation, it’s a must-buy. Unfortunately, the Chromecast Audio seems to be excluded from the deal, based on Google’s official ...

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    Google Play isn't just a super convenient way for finding Android software and media to enjoy on your device – it can also be a great place to find some deals. Whether it's a big store-wide sale or just one content provider offering users some discounts, new deals are always out there, waiting to be found. The problem for most of us is keeping on top of it all: how do you make sure you don't miss the next big price-cut on the media you're looking for? A new update to Play Movies & TV this week helps out with just that, giving you a heads-up when your favorites go on sale. Play Movies ...

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    What are you reflecting on as 2015 starts drawing to a close? How long did your New Year's resolution end up lasting? Did you hit those job-related goals you were striving for? And as you worked to juggle career, education, and personal life, did you find time to keep up with all this year's great entertainment? If you might have missed a few movies, skipped a few best-sellers, and failed to check out the hottest games, worry not, for Google's getting the Play Store ready for the end of the year with its Best of 2015 list, cataloging all the apps and media you don't want to miss. Google's ...

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    Android smartphones are experiencing a trend where developers who once distributed their apps as part of larger system-level updates are instead breaking things up piecemeal, and gradually introducing those apps as stand-alone programs in the Google Play Store. That doesn't necessarily mean that they're being made available to wider audiences, but the Play Store distribution makes updating individual apps a whole lot easier – and hopefully faster. While we normally see this kind of thing from OEMs like HTC, today it's Google breaking off some of its apps into bite-sized Play Store ...

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    If Google Play’s recent redesign failed to knock your socks off, a series of minor but meaningful functionality enhancements should help improve the overall Android user experience, culminating with a long overdue feature that’s still not widely available yet. It’s probably coming soon though, as a US-based Nexus 5 owner bumped into it by chance without any sort of a heads up. In case you’re having trouble to believe Play Store credit can be partially used on apps, in-app purchases, music, movies, books, and digital magazines by this mysterious Redditor going by the Bangs42 ...

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    A thoughtful, personal present is almost always better than money or those awful gift certificates that are basically cash you can only use in one or a handful of stores. But if you don’t have time to handpick the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for every Android addict you know, it might just be wiser to send them Google Play credit via email. How do you do that? It’s discouragingly simple, really, and it’ll probably make you feel bad you haven’t gone to greater lengths for your holiday shopping. Then again, it’ll allow you to spend more time with friends and family, which is ...

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    You already have enough mobile gear on sale this Thanksgiving, Black Friday and “Cyber Weekend” at dozens of US retailers to last a lifetime. But one essential piece of the holiday discount puzzle is yet to fall into place. The big one. No, we don’t mean Samsung, although that was also massive. Not Apple either, since, well, you rarely get decent savings on iPhones or iPads from the Cupertino manufacturer directly. But Google last year sold its then sizzling hot Nexus 6 and 9 with free Play Store credit, bringing the LG G Watch price to a temporary all-time low too. Naturally, we ...

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    Android's relationship with China is a tricky one, to say the least. While Android or Android-based platforms power over seventy percent of the country's handsets, they're doing so without a lot of the Google polish we get elsewhere: no Google Play services, and no Google Play Store. And while plenty of alternative China-based app stores exist to give the nation's smartphone users their software fix, that's still a whole lot of access to users that Google's missing out on. A couple months back we checked out reports suggesting that Google was finally about to figure out a way to work with ...

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    When it’s not busy inexplicably giving the axe to greatly popular automation apps, Google has the backs of both Android developers and the average user, recently redesigning the Play Store and changing the way consumer ratings and enhanced wearable titles are displayed, as well as raising the ceiling for app prices. But how many of you have ever seriously considered a $100+ Google Play purchase, let alone $400? Did you at least spend $10 or $20 on a single app in a rare impulse buy situation? $5? $3? Anything? Let’s be honest, we all love freebies. 99-cent games are okay too, ...

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    HTC sure knows how to put smiles on the faces of US-based Android fans who normally loathe Tuesdays, keeping with the recent weekly Hot Deals tradition, and raising the savings bar as Black Friday and Cyber Monday draw near. Forget 30 percent off everything, $160 off the Nexus 9 tablet, or $150 off the Re Camera box-office flop. Forget the One A9 also, as HTC is fully aware the older but higher-end One M9 remains its most attractive global phone to date. Typically sold for $649 unlocked, the aluminum unibody 5-incher comes bundled with a free Desire 626 and complimentary $100 Google Play ...

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    The Google Play edition experiment mostly flopped, being essentially replaced with the Android One initiative in several emerging markets around the world, but at least a couple of GPe devices should still receive official Marshmallow updates. First in line, the non-skinned HTC One M8 broke cover in March 2014 running Android 4.4 KitKat, scoring 5.0 Lollipop less than a year ago before reaching hardware EOL, and likely moving to 6.0 in a matter of days. Yes, days, a week or two tops, as HTC’s perennially candid VP of Product Management Mo Versi acknowledges a “slight delay” on ...

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    In addition to a pretty significant redesign, and a few minor tweaks to user ratings and Android Wear-compatible apps, it seems the Google Play Store now supports one-touch payment fingerprint authentication. You’d think the newly integrated feature would deserve some fanfare, given how aggressively device manufacturers have plugged their fingerprint scanners of late, but not only has Google kept this under wraps until actually enabling it. It’s even deactivated by default on the Marshmallow-based Nexus 5X and 6P, and you have to jump through hoops to turn it on. Granted, the effort is ...

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    A new look for the Google Play Store debuted earlier this week, and ever since, users have been noticing changes Google's been delivering to further refine its app store experience. Earlier today we showed you how Google was providing more useful information about app ratings, implementing a clear numerical system to make fractional ratings more easily conveyable. Now another change is hitting devices, spelling out a glance whether or not an app will benefit from the use of an Android Wear smartwatch. Rather than start a secondary app store just for wearables, Google Play delivers Wear ...

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    Let's face it, whenever we're faced with the decision to buy something, consumer ratings play a big roll. Yes, there are cases where an app was recommended by a friend, and where the buying process is a lot simpler, but whenever that's not the case, a few more or less stars will define which note taking app we'll purchase for example. Google Play has been doing ratings since day one for its apps, but the way this works is silently changing. Google is rolling out a new a and very welcomed change to Google Play. In the past you would see from one to five stars on an app depending on how ...

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    Yesterday we first got word of an upcoming design refresh about to hit Google's Play Store from Googler Kirill Grouchnikov, teasing a new look that split apps and games from the store's media offerings. Grouchnikov dropped some screen shots to whet our appetite for the new design, so many so that we had to follow that initial news up with a closer look at all the previews he'd been dropping. It all looked pretty nifty, but when could we go from hearing about this new interface to actually experiencing it for ourselves? Well, it's not available for everyone just yet, but today we get the ...

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    After recently finding Google guilty of law violations meant to unjustly give the Alphabet subsidiary an edge in the local fight against search giant Yandex, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia has issued an ultimatum before actually punishing Mountain View. As such, Sundar Pichai & co. have until November 18 to “correct their contracts with manufacturers”, and allow them to pre-install Google-competing services and apps on Android devices commercialized in Russia. Or at least “address the charges” brought up by Yandex over these following 40 days or so, and propose a ...

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    Remember when Microsoft had to pay up for baking in its Microsoft Explorer web browser to Windows while failing to provide alternatives for users? Microsoft sure remembers having to spend more than €500 million to satisfy a fine issued by the European Commission. Indeed, Google has made some decisions with its Play Store policies that may or may not have blurred the line between promoting its own interest and discouraging competition. But the search giant now finds itself under penalty from Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service for a similar offense. Domestically-based search ...

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    It’s no big secret anymore that HTC is struggling to cover for the poor sales results of its latest few flagship smartphones. The One M9 in particular performed so badly at the global box-office that rumors say an “intermediate” Aero, aka A9 high-ender will land this fall before the O2 drops in the spring and ushers in a new age of HTC designs. But the M9 hasn’t carried out its swan song yet, and the wounded Taiwanese device manufacturer is still trying to boost demand. Clearly, a unique Uh Oh protection plan isn’t enough to draw the crowds to the underwhelming full HD 5.1-inch ...

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    Even though one of the major issues with Android phones is bloatware, we have seen this problem wither down over the years. Not all manufacturers or carriers have proven to be the best at this, but we have seen some progress on the topic by some. Google is the most interested in making Android as appealing as possible, and today we see it working towards that regards. As of today Google has decided to remove some of its mandatory applications from the Google Play services requirements. As you know, even though Android is free, for OEMs to be allowed to install the Google Play Store and its ...

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