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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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    A really great app store isn't just one that connects users with the apps they’re looking for, or helps introduce them to fun and useful apps they didn't even know existed, but one that also does so while being transparent: users end up with the software they thought they were getting, with minimal surprises along the way. Google's already made strides in that department, not just advising users when an app they're looking at includes things like in-app purchases, but also giving them a heads-up as to what those IAPs are going to cost. Now Google's preparing for even more app disclosure ...

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    Update: Tasker is now back on the Google Play Store. If you like to automate your inter- and intraconnected life on your mobile phone, Tasker has been one of the big apps to get. But with Google now drawing red lines with device manufacturers and app developers, it doesn't take much for a task automation application to get the hammer swung at it. But Google's been mum on why Tasker was targeted for a takedown, despite the latter seeming to have followed Play Store protocol. Google has been most adamant about protecting the Doze function it has introduced with Android 6.0, a feature that ...

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    HTC was one of the first of its kind to splay its native apps like Calendar, Scribble and Car (Mode) to the Google Play Store. This allowed for HTC to push out updates to individual apps to users instead of having to wait for a software update to do so. Given attitudes towards software updates and the tedious process of pushing one through carriers, you could say HTC began what was fit to be a trend. As HTC has done for updating apps for Lollipop, older devices should see updates to native apps in the light of Marshmallow. So far, only the Speak and Scribble apps have been updated, but ...

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    Amazon's last move regarding anything Google was a pretty mean one. Not only would it not support sending music from its app over to Chromecast, but it took Chromecast off of its marketplace. But it seems as though while that bad blood is sticking around, the Android ecosystem still needs that Amazon Music support. The big updates in version 4.6.6? Android Wear playback control support. Finally, you can pause, play, and skip between tracks from your Android smartwatch! Interface-wise, we have a couple of new tabs: "New to Prime" and "Popular." Also, artist profile pages are now up. The UK ...

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    Let's face it: as much as we prop up the mobile operating platforms and their software updates, the best party has always been third party. We can always mention the good folk who cook up custom recoveries and mods, but we're talking about app developers in this instance. And for the longest time, when they've had to work on beating out bugs, adding new limbs to the feature set and basically just improve on the damn thing, there's always been a guessing game of when the drop would happen. Even the developer hitting that "publish" button had little idea except for "I dunno, maybe a couple ...

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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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    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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    We find ourselves on a bit of a Google Play kick this afternoon, first hearing about a new redesign that's on its way for the Play Store, and then checking out a Motorola slip-up in a new app listing that appears to confirm the company's plans for the Droid Maxx 2 on Verizon. After that, we would have felt ready to move on to some other topic … and then Google Play draws us right back in. This time, we're feeling the allure of freebies, as Google makes available a bunch of new playlists featuring hit songs from beloved artists. Since we're dealing with “very best of” stuff here, the ...

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    Motorola and Verizon have a launch event coming up in a couple weeks, when the companies intend to introduce the next additions to the Droid family of smartphones. Right now, all indications point to the debut of two handsets, the Droid Maxx 2 and Droid Turbo 2. While we've been able to piece together quite a bit of info on both of these handsets, the Droid Maxx 2 is notable for just how poorly kept a secret the phone's been: beyond the usual assortment of unofficial leaks, we've seen Google itself confirm not just the phone's name, but that it will effectively be the US version of the ...

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    Google's Kirill Grouchnikov has been working on the Play Store since its Android Market days, and while it's still just as much the go-to stop for apps as it's been since its inception, the Play Store has gone through a lot of transformations over the years, evolving into the hub for apps, music, movies, books, and more that it is today. Grouchnikov is about to step into another role with Android development, but before he says goodbye to the Play Store forever, he's sharing an early look at what's coming next, revealing a redesign that starts to separate the store's software and media ...

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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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    So far this year, we've seen the debut of phones with tons of storage capacity, the highest-resolution screens to date, and some blazingly fast processors. That kind of hardware gives developers a lot of resources to deliver some incredibly impressive software, but often taking full advantage of all our phones have to offer means putting together an app with some serious resources: from graphics, to sound, to program data, developing a modern app can require some hefty space requirements. In recognition of this growing need for app resources, Google's doubling its size limit on apps ...

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    Google Play is already the go-to destination on Android for apps, music, movies, TV, books, and even some hardware, and its existence is practically a license for Google to print money, taking a cut of all sales made through the marketplace. As sales go up, Google only stands to make more money, and today we hear about a project that could help drive additional traffic to the Play Store, with Google supposedly working on a new affiliate system for media sales. Reportedly, Google's working with the Performance Horizon Group to implement an affiliate system similar to what Apple does with ...

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    Google Play has long been a more permissive place for software than Apple's App Store, but even Google has its limits. Just what developers aren't allowed to do gets spelled out in Google's Play policies, banning things like gambling apps or outright malicious software. Occasionally Google revisits these policies, adding new restrictions or clarifying existing limitations in an effort to keep the Play Store a home for diverse software while at the same time prohibiting content that threatens to make Android a less-than-welcome place for all users. This week Google did just that, expanding ...

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    Apple's been offering iOS users a free app of the week for the longest time – a normally paid app that's made available for free as a temporary promotional offer, before going back to its regular price. Android app stores haven't been strangers to such promotions, and Amazon attempted to do Apple one better, offering a free app of the day. But all this while Google's been standing back and choosing not to offer any kind of similar promotion in its Play Store. Sure, you'll find all manner of sales on Play Store apps, but the idea of a free app of the week/day, one that's normally paid but ...

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    It was about two months back that Google went official with its plan to make it easier for Android users to find content in the Play Store that's appropriate for the whole family, including the youngest among us. The Designed for Families program was first revealed as a developer initiative, and Google prompted its dev community for submissions. In the weeks since, it's been evaluating them to ensure adherence to program guidelines, and now it's finally time to taste the fruits of that labor, as the Play Store's new Family section goes live. Google highlights tons of family-friendly apps, ...

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    Today's Google I/O news isn't just about new user-focused features, or the changes coming in Android M - this is a developer event, after all. That means plenty of updates about coding, content delivery, and how apps are sold. Google just shared some news on that latter point, announcing some of the rumored changes we heard could be coming to Play Store listings. Developers will be able to play with text and graphics in their app listings, getting feedback from Google on what's working best for attracting users and convincing them to download apps. We'll also see new ways for developers to ...

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    Are you the sort of shopper who jumps at the opportunity to pre-register for products? Do you sign up with your email address for official info on that hot new phone the moment release details become available? Are you always heading down to the game store to make a deposit on next season's blockbuster title, so that you'll guarantee a copy for yourself on launch day? For as many chances to pre-register for stuff as there is, it's almost shocking that the practice has taken this long to come to smartphone software. That's currently changing over on Android, where Google is in the process ...

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    You ever have a friend tell you about a great deal they found online, but when you go to check the listing for yourself, you see a different price? Retailers have been experimenting with dynamic pricing for years, where instead of offering the same products at the same prices for everyone, they'll vary things based on your location, purchase history, or other metrics – even your choice of OS or browser. We're not talking different prices for shoppers in different countries, either – someone just down the road from you could see a different Amazon price for a Blu-ray disc than you do. ...

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    The expression that “the children are our future” is fantastically trite by this point, but it nevertheless rings true. Maybe most importantly to mobile companies, today's children are growing up into tomorrow's consumers, and exposing them to devices and services now can help shape their future purchasing decisions. Maybe that's one of the reasons why Google's been showing so much interest in youth-focused offerings lately, like the recent YouTube Kids app. Today we learn about another effort along those lines, as Google announces the Designed for Families initiative for Google Play. ...

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    Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store both attempt to do similar things: connecting mobile users to software for their devices. Yet their attitudes on how they approach this task have historically seemed quite different: Apple has its tight control over what does and doesn't meet its standards, while Google's tried to be more hands-off, having fewer restrictions. And despite Google's easy-going nature in that regard, the company's still made serious efforts to ensure that Play Store apps are good stuff, things like its system to scan software for known malware attacks. But now Google's ...

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    We've spent the last couple days showing you a ton of new devices – and that's not about to stop now. With all this high-end gear bombarding your senses, it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed – and if you're anything like us, you're simultaneously wanting to own it all and also wondering how the hell you're going to be able to afford all this brand new hardware. Just in the nick of time, Google's got some fresh savings coming our way, all in the name of celebrating three years of the Play Store. Just like last year and the year before, it's time for some Google Play anniversary sales. ...

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    Google may head up a major smartphone platform, develop self-driving cars, and even have a fleet internet-connected high-altitude balloons, but at its core this is still a company that sells ads. Whether those are on its search engine, or popping-up while we watch YouTube, ads are the company's bread and butter. Today we learn of the next logical step Google's taking with its ad presence, as it announces the forthcoming arrival of promoted apps within the Play Store itself. You'll already see ads for relevant apps when running searches through Google's website, so it's no big leap to see ...

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