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    The past year has been one where Google's really started moving security to the forefront of the Android experience. Between the rise of fingerprint scanners on Android devices (and corresponding API support), the publication of high-profile exploits like Stagefright, and the company's move to deliver monthly security updates for its Nexus lineup, Google's been tackling the issue of device and data security from all angles. Those efforts extend to keeping apps safe, and Google's long taken steps to make sure that not only are Play Store apps as trustworthy as can be, but that risks from ...

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    Mobile software and advertising have a long and sometimes tumultuous history. Ads help compensate developers for their time and effort, and a successful campaign can go a long way towards encouraging those devs to create more of the apps we love. But sometimes we've had enough of ads, and we pay to upgrade to an ad-free experience; sometimes we pay to upgrade and ads (in one form or another) continue to persist. And then there are those times when we've simply had enough, and we don't want to see any ads at all. If you find yourself in that latter mood often enough, Google's got some good ...

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    While Google last fall assured its handful of unrelenting Chrome OS believers the desktop platform would not be merged with Android and effectively shut down anytime soon, clear signs of a coalition and consolidation of sorts keep flooding the interwebs. The latest persuasive rumor calls for Google Play spreading its wings to embrace Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, Chromebits and Chromebases before long, letting all these machines “choose from over a million apps and games to install and use.” That’s promotional text already baked into Chrome OS source code, mind you, so we’re dealing ...

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    Google and Apple are doubling up on each other, at least according to App Annie. The app data intelligence firm has released data for app downloads and revenue it compiled over the past quarter and it shows some trends continuing on from when we last picked them up.   The good news overall? Both downloads and revenues are on the rise for both platforms, but the Play Store still leads in downloads by 100 percent while the App Store gets 90 percent more revenue. India had the best annual download improvement for Google while on the Apple side, it was China. Meantime, Chinese ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Google's stock camera app that has been relegated to the realms of Nexus. Those of you on the Android Beta Program have been able to peek into some new features as carried in the app through the Android N Developer Preview. Now, Google has pushed those changes into the Play Store app. The major feature changes include being able to shoot stills while recording video and moving the slow-motion video feature to the pull-out menu. Nexus phones running Android Marshmallow can update the app at the Play Store. If your non-Nexus phone's on Android 6.0 ...

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    There’s an app for that. A witty, catchy marketing slogan first used by Apple way back in 2009, a fact of life nowadays as true and unquestionable as the color of the sky. If you can’t find an Android or iOS app for any task, chore or undertaking, you must be doing something wrong, probably not knowing where to look. Just take a moment and ponder these figures – 30,000 titles available in Google’s Play Store just six years ago, roughly 2 million by the latest count. 1 billion downloads in total through August 2010, around 11.1 billion in the past quarter alone. Granted, the number ...

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    It’s been a solid three weeks since the first “global” reports of Android 6.0 promotions on the Xperia Z5 family came in, and given there was no news of widespread issues during this time, we figured the software goodies had reached the majority of the three phones’ owners worldwide. Unfortunately, some big red flags are now raised on Sony’s support forum and other discussion portals, with user complaints on stability prompting the Japanese OEM to halt the update in at least one major Western market. Namely, Canada, where the company tweeted over the weekend that it had ...

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    A smartphone's only as useful as the software that's on it, and while talented (to say nothing of generous) developers have released plenty of free apps, good code is worth paying for, and we've also go no shortage of premium app options to consider. Of course, even when we're paying for apps, it's nice to get a little extra bang for our buck, so we've always got an eye out for the latest app deals. Right now, there's a decent sale going on over at the Google Play Store, where a couple dozen titles are discounted to just about a buck a piece. Like photography apps? Good, because this Play ...

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    Android enthusiasts already know Google doesn’t need a special occasion to put Play Store items on sale, so while Valentine’s Day is a distant memory and music streaming prices are back to normal, film buffs can enjoy a new release on the cheap through March 17. Every Google account holder is eligible for only one half-off rental of their choice, so select wisely and perhaps don’t settle for bargains like “Spotlight.” The recent best picture Academy Award winner costs a measly $5, whereas a top contender and best adapted screenplay victor, “The Big Short”, typically fetches ...

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    iFans tend to justify Android’s superior mass appeal as only the result of lower device prices, but in reality, many people favor Google’s open-source “playground” for its freedom of choice. Case in point, the whole F.lux-excluding controversy. As you’re probably well aware by now, Apple intends to soon release iOS 9.3 to the public, with a number of neat new features built into the latest software iteration, including something called Night Shift. This eerily resembles a third-party app dubbed F.lux or Flux, which obviously bothers Cupertino, so in order to suppress competition ...

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    Part of using Gmail means being cool with the fact that Google and its algorithms are constantly scanning your mail (in a hopefully not-at-all-creepy kind of way), using that data to tailor ads for you, as well as advanced features like automatically recognizing messages about upcoming events and adding them to your calendar. Today we learn about some new synergy for Google's Android apps as it taps into that Gmail data in order to provide you with extra-relevant app recommendations. Google's latest Play Store update adds a new setting that allows the app to gather data from Gmail ...

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    Last week was a wild ride for users of Samsung's Android browser, first as Samsung opened the door for browser add-ons capable of blocking ads, and then as Google appeared to start culling such software from its Play Store offerings. At least, that's what it looked like at first, but Google's banhammer was being applied a bit inconsistently; was this an across-the-board war on ad blockers, overzealous application of Google's developer policies, or maybe even an error? Well, we're still not sure exactly what triggered all this in the first place, but we've got some resolution to share with ...

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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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    Google finds itself in a special position as the company heading up the world's biggest smartphone platform, yet its core business is in neither consumer hardware nor mobile software. OK, so it's arguably an advertising company, first and foremost, but its roots are in search, and search continues to be a key component of many of its other pursuits. Certainly, we've seen plenty of ways Google's tried to leverage its success with search to help better serve the other corners of its ecosystem, and on mobile that's meant a lot of crossover with apps: that's extended from in-app search results ...

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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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    Off from work for a few days for the holidays? School's out until the new year? Whatever will you do to keep yourself entertained? Sure, that Hoaders marathon isn't going to watch itself, but maybe you're interested in something just a tad more engaging (and dare we say, fulfilling) from your media consumption. If you're looking to outfit your phone, tablet, or home entertainment system with a few new titles, Google's got you covered, and earlier today we told you about a nice offer going on in the Play Store that aimed to save you 50 percent off the purchase of a new album. It turns out ...

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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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    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 knew it was coming: we've already shared with you plenty of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but what about Google's offering? In years past we've seen the company step with its own take on the holiday weekend shopping extravaganza, offering Cyber Weekend deals in the Play Store. Well, we're still a couple days away from the weekend, but Google can't hold back any longer, and just revealed this year's spread of deals on apps, in-app purchase, music, TV, and more. Clicking through to the deals, you may be a little dismayed to see Google pimping the savings on in-app purchases first ...

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    It's been a little over a month now since we first started learning about a major refresh coming to the Google Play Store, as an employee teased several pics of the store's new look as he got ready to leave the project and start up with another branch of Android. It wasn't long after that we got word that the new look was already live – at least for some users, maybe, but we sure weren't seeing it on our own Android devices, nor through Google's web interface. More recently, though, it looks like Google's really started pushing out the new Play Store to users en masse, and if you hadn't ...

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