Posts tagged with: Play Store
  • by | June 21, 2013 11:04 AM

    A couple weeks back, we caught wind of some analyst reports claiming that, despite a strong start to sales of the HTC One, interest in the smartphone had already peaked, and future sales won't be able to match the volume HTC was able to move in the month of May. Clearly, HTC will be doing what it can in order to avoid any major drop-off, and we've already heard about what it might be thinking in terms of a broader marketing strategy, what with recent rumors about celebrity endorsements. It also came up with a new promotion to encourage One sales in particular, so if you've picked up a One ...

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  • by | June 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    What a long, strange trip the Nexus 7 dock has had on its way through the Google Play Store. We got our first look at the dock back in December, already five months since the tablet itself became available, and then it took the dock all the way until early March before Google started hawking them itself. The dock's been in the Google Play Store for only three months, and now it already looks like Google could be giving it the boot. If you check the Play Store today, you'll see the Nexus 7 dock marked as "not available in your country." Furthermore, it doesn't show up in the list of ...

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  • by | April 26, 2013 10:42 AM

    Last month, we got word of an unusual change happening with the Facebook app for Android, as Facebook appeared to be doing an end-run around the normal Google Play app update process and enabling the Facebook app to update itself directly from Facebook's own servers. Since then, we've seen Facebook Home launch, and heard plenty of gossip about how all this Facebook Android stuff was going down over at Google. We've been wondering what, if any, action Google might take to try and make a play for power, and now the first volley may have been fired, upon Google informing developers of a new ...

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  • by | April 22, 2013 5:10 PM

    Do you care who knows what apps you're buying? You might not bat an eye over who knows that you bought some GPS navigator, but what about something a little more private, like an app that lets users suffering from diabetes chart their blood glucose levels over time? So far, developers of Android apps have been able to see who's buying them when they get purchase information through Google Wallet. Now it looks like that's finally starting to change, upon a new version of the web app rolling out with anonymized app purchase details. Developers still need to know some info about who's buying ...

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  • by | April 18, 2013 12:29 PM

    The Nexus 10 is somewhat the "odd man out" in Google's lineup of Nexus hardware. While a good value for what it is, its $400 price tag makes it much less the impulse buy than the $200 Nexus 7, or even the $300 Nexus 4. Is it still managing to attract a following? Well, Google may not be sharing official sales figures, but one analyst has found some data that could be of use in making an educated guess, and the figure it leads to ends up sounding pretty modest. The estimate rests on the Nexus 10's unusual 2560 x 1600 resolution, giving it a screen size described by the OS as "xlarge" and a ...

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  • by | April 11, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nexus 10 Cover finally arriving at the Google Play store. Later it's Nokia talk as we go through their software updates and also the leaked video of the Lumia 920 getting tap to wake in the near future. Microsoft follows as we talk about a possible Surface 7-inch tablet. The LG Optimus G Pro is next as it's rumored for an AT&T launch soon and we've also got news of the software Value Pack reaching current customers with some major enhancements. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8. All this ...

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  • by | April 11, 2013 4:24 PM

    At first, maybe it was cute: Google was still new to its role as a retailer, and Nexus hardware would go up for sale without matching accessories available. But then that started becoming a running theme, and devices like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 saw their accessories added to the Play Store months, if not the better part of a year after the hardware's initial release. It doesn't look like Google's learned any lessons, as this annoying trend continues today, with the Nexus 10's case finally going up for sale. The good news is that it's pretty affordable. The full-sized "Book Cover" snaps ...

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  • by | April 10, 2013 7:08 PM

    Stuff comes up, folks. Sometimes you've got a pressing appointment in Romania, or a meeting scheduled in Media, PA. Sometimes you're at the day job, other times you're off the grid somewhere in the country. Other times you're buying a car. These things happen. Fortunately for us, these things don't usually happen all at once, which means the Pocketnow Weekly podcast usually features more than two people on the air. But today, listeners, Lady Luck was not with us. Today, Sam the Scheduler was out sick, because every member of the Pocketnow team was otherwise engaged when it came time to ...

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  • by | April 10, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's bold iPhone trade-in plans to give you an iPhone 5. Then we talk about Samsung's new ad campaign for the Galaxy S 4, with a different twist to last year. Then we go through a new Google Giveaway of nexus devices, with a very ironic strategy to allow you to participate. Later we talk about the iPad 5 display leaks, and what this means to the next flagship tablet from Apple. We end today's show talking about Office for iOS and Android, and the bad news behind the probable new release date. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | April 10, 2013 1:57 PM

    How much do you love Google Play? Are you seriously digging the new 4.0 Play Store app redesign? Do you tell your friends about all the great app deals you find? Why not channel that enthusiasm into some free stuff, and take advantage of the contest Google just got rolling? Google wants you spreading the word about the Play Store, so it's giving away 21 Nexus devices - including a mix of Nexus 10, 7, and 4 models - as well as 100 $10 Play Store gift cards, just for tweeting about what your favorite Google Play stuff is. This offer is good for US residents only, and while that's not ...

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  • by | April 9, 2013 2:42 PM

    This morning, we told you about the latest revamp to hit the Google Play Store, with Google putting an end to the leaks and rumors that we've covered over the proceeding weeks and confirming the arrival of a new, fresh look for its app. The company mentioned that it might take a couple weeks before users everywhere would be able to upgrade to the new Play Store, but smartphone and tablet junkies like we know our readers are won't want to wait a minute longer than they have to. Well, we've got just what you need, as the brand new Google Play 4.0.25 APK has been snagged and is ready for you ...

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  • by | April 9, 2013 11:50 AM

    Google's been planning to give the Play Store an overhaul for a while now. No, we're not talking about all those apps the company recently removed – over the past few weeks, there have been a number of leaks showing off a redesigned look for the Play Store app, with the most recent glimpses arriving just a couple days ago. If things looked nearly ready to go, that's because they were, and today Google announced the new, improved Play Store. The whole idea is to simplify things, with clean, sparse text and large images to capture your attention. Google says that it's also made changes to ...

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  • by | April 9, 2013 10:54 AM

    When we're talking about a company turning a strict eye to the quality of apps it allows on its platform's store, it sure seems like we're usually discussing Apple, notorious for the heavy-handed oversight it wields over App Store submissions. Today, however, Google's the one that appears to be cleaning house, as reports arrive that something like 60,000 low-quality apps were removed from the Play Store over the course of February. Google hasn't officially announced any such total, and instead the number's been computed by a company doing its own app store analytics. That also means that ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 10:55 AM

    It seems that every time we talk about Google, the Play Store, and accessories for Nexus-series hardware, we're talking about stuff showing up late. It happened with the Galaxy Nexus, we didn't see the Nexus 7's dock arrive until eight months after its launch, and it's happening again with the Nexus 4. Google may have introduced the phone last fall, but only now are some pretty basic accessories finally becoming available for sale. Google just added a handful of official Nexus 4 accessories to its Play Store offerings, and probably the most interesting (though still not very) is a wired ...

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  • by | March 26, 2013 4:37 PM

    Google's been quietly putting in some work lately to bring down some of the barriers between developers and the users who buy their apps. Last fall we saw the company start pushing users towards posting reviews under their real names, hopefully leading to some more honest, useful feedback. Then back in January Google started letting devs respond to critiques, posting follow-up comments. The latest improvement along these lines is one you won't be able to see so easily on the surface, but could still go a long way towards keeping developers productively engaged with their user bases. As of ...

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