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    Late last week, we spotted the first sign that HTC's more affordable cover option for the Nexus 9 – the company's “Magic Cover” - was finally becoming available. At least, in very limited form: the only sales we saw were those going through HTC directly, and even then, only one of the four color options appeared to be available. But surely this was still good news, right? That the presence of one would suggest the others following just around the corner? Wouldn't you know it, but that's just what happening, with Google picking up the Magic Cover in the Play Store. Instead of just the ...

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    Back in early September, Amazon rolled-out a big update to its Android app, adding support for Prime Instant Video. But there was also another big change happening behind the scenes, as Amazon quietly rolled the functionality from its previously-separate Amazon Appstore into its primary Android app, letting you purchase and install software independently of the Play Store. Sound to you like something Google might have a strong opinion about? This week the fallout finally lands, as Amazon finds itself forced to pull its old Android app and launch a new one, one that no longer offers apps of ...

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    Yesterday was already packed full of updates to Google's wide array of Android apps, with big names like Gmail, Maps, and Google+ all seeing new versions arrive. And while Google sure has a habit of getting its bulk updates out on Wednesdays, that's hardly an absolute rule; indeed, today the update train continues to roll into the station, and an interesting new release of Google's Play Store is what's catching our eyes this evening. What's new? A fair bit, actually. Play Store 5.1.11 introduces a new My Account screen, giving you an at-a-glance order history and easy access to payment ...

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    October 29th, 2014 was the day that Google began to take pre-orders for the Nexus 6 in these United States. Depending on your source, the ordering period lasted for anywhere from 45 to 60 seconds. Not long after Google announced that it would be making more stock available every Wednesday, but these allotments have also met with terribly availability. As I've mentioned in the past, I try not to get hardware through "special" means. I want to go through the same process as you, the same time as you, and undergo the same experience that you do. This puts me as close to you, the Pocketnow ...

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    Depending on whom you ask, the degree of control Apple exerts over its app selection is either a blessing or a curse. Apple's policies help keep its iOS App Store one of the high points of smartphone software in general, full of plenty of really polished titles. But there's a dark side to Apple's oversight, and devs don't find themselves free to to release any type of program they choose: things like tethering apps and emulators have long been in Apple's crosshairs. With Android, on the other hand, Google's been far more lenient with the software it lets devs distribute through the Play ...

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    Sony surprised us all at IFA 2014 this year when it announced its SmartWatch 3. Well, we had heard that the product was gearing up to make its debut, sure enough, but rumors suggested that Sony would pull a Samsung with the SW3 and that its smartwatch would continue to run a proprietary platform, rather than the cross-device Android Wear. That ultimately turned out not to be the case, with the SW3 confirmed as a full-on Wear product. Since then we haven't had much cause to talk about the SmartWatch 3, which has quietly gone up for sale at Verizon in the interim. But now Sony's wearable has ...

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    One of the biggest problems facing the apps situation for many of the big mobile platforms isn't necessarily a lack of selection, but the tricky business of finding the right app at the time you need it. Unless you know specifically what you're looking for, or an app is featured in one of the various app store “best of” lists, it can be tricky to discover a single title buried in a sea of hundreds of thousands of similar apps. Luckily, Google's got a new tool for the Play Store allowing you to search its whole library of titles while also restricting your query to the best of the best. ...

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    Ever since Google officially unveiled Android L this past summer, we've been looking forward to Material Design continuing to spread across the company's software offerings. One of those that's received a lot of attention has been the Play Store, and over the past several months we've had a few opportunities to check out leaks detailing the ways the Play Store was set to evolve with the arrival of this refresh. This week, the changes go live, as Google begins distribution of its Play Store 5.0 release. If you've been following those leaks you've already got a good sense of what to expect: ...

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    Are you the kind of smartphone user who finds yourself juggling a bunch of different devices? If so, we should be friends. Those of you on the Android side of the spectrum (or better yet, checking out the smartphone landscape from a cross-platform vantage point) are no doubt familiar with the way Google Play keeps track of all the hardware you've linked to it – and unless you make a concerted effort to clean out older devices from its list, you've may even have a few dormant models on their that haven't been powered-on in ages. Thanks to a new change coming to the Play Store today, ...

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    Over the past couple weeks, we've heard Google reveal a few changes that were set to come to the Play Store. First there was word that it was prompting developers to provide physical mailing addresses, with the intent of displaying them publicly in app listings, right alongside existing contact info like email addresses. Then a few days later we heard about a shift in the way Google would display info about apps offering users the opportunity to make in-app purchases, displaying the full range of IAP prices in the app listing itself. We knew it was gearing up to see both requirements go ...

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    In-app purchases, depending on who you ask, are either a fantastic way for developers to monetize their work, or a sleazy way to ruin software purchases as we know them. Critics fall into a number of boats, from those who would simply prefer to pay for an app once and be done with it, to parents whose children have ran up obscene bills through buying unauthorized extras. Especially in the case of that latter example, with lawsuits popping up all over the place and the FTC giving app store practices a very close look, companies like Google are taking steps to reform how in-app purchases ...

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    Android L (whatever that ends up meaning) will be here soon, and with it, Google will be bringing its new Material Design look to its apps. Back in July, we took a look at some leaked Play Store imagery that differed slightly from the early preview we got at Google I/O, observing how Google was continuing to refine this design language as it prepared for a public release. Today, we've got even more Play Store 5.0 leaks to check out, further emphasizing the Material Design future in store for us. How does this upcoming Play Store differ from the current look? Color plays a large role in ...

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    When it comes to the software on its Android phones, HTC has been all about the Play Store this year. In addition to making some of its core apps like Zoe available to owners of Android devices made by other manufacturers, it's also been pushing HTC-exclusive apps to the Play Store, with the aim of being able to deliver app updates to its users faster than it would be able to by means of full-on phone updates. Today we learn of the latest HTC app to get that treatment, as the HTC Lock Screen comes to the Play Store, complete with some improvements of its own. The big change in this new ...

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    “This app is going to be awesome! Just wait until you... ohh... *tap* *tap* force close?” Who among us hasn't had app-buyer's remorse? Maybe that productivity app you sprung for is a little more rough-around-the-edges than you expected, or that first-person shooter is just too graphically intense for your aging handset to gracefully handle: whatever the reason, plenty of smartphone app buyers have at one time or another wish we hadn't bought an app. Luckily for us, some app stores have return policies in place, and Google has historically offered its users a 15-minute window in which ...

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    Four months ago, we saw history being made as Play Store metrics revealed the first Android software package to be downloaded over one billion times: Google's Gmail app. While that was still a pretty notable milestone, Gmail being a Google app sort of took the air out of the news – of course a Google app, and such a core one to the Google ecosystem, would be at the front of the downloads race. But as we noted at the time, we were quite interested in seeing who would be next to follow Google across that billion-download line. This week, we've finally spotted a non-Google app pull in one ...

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