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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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    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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