Posts tagged with: Play Store
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    You don't have to browse around Google's Play Store long before you get a sense of the vast scale of it all. There are over a million apps available for purchase, tens of thousands of songs, and more books, movies, and TV shows than you can shake a stick at. And for every dollar that passes through the Store, whether it's headed for a developer or a Hollywood studio, Google takes its cut. As a result, the service has become a huge money-maker for the company, but just how much is it really profiting? A new analyst report places the figure at around $1.3B, with projections for some rapid ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's current marketshare within the Windows Phone ecosystem, even though that's not necessarily a good thing. We then talk about the Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and who will be the lucky few to get it. Sony is up next as we talk about their plans for fast wireless charging for 2014. Then we go through Apple's retention of a patent that made a lot of damage to Samsung in previous years, and that could pose a threat. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5 being leaked on the Google Play Store, and what to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's new strategy for selling smartphones and tablets, and why it avoids the US and China. We then talk about the leaked photos of the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4, along with all its changes. Later we talk about some tablet-optimized changes to the Google Play Store. We later focus on Nokia, their Lumia 2520 tablet, carrier availability, and its recently leaked render. We end today's show talking about Apple's iPhone 5C, and how it has disappointed in sales. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony's smartphone strategy involves ...

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    As mobile platforms go, Android's pretty darn accommodating tablet users, not putting up an excessive amount of restrictions on what apps they can and can't run. That's not saying that there's no benefit to developing apps tailor-made for tablet; far from it. In fact, Google has been working lately to make such tablet-optimized apps more visible to owners of such devices, and has a new round of changes coming through next month. The Google Play Store already offers users a "Designed for tablets" section, but right now you have to know to look for it. Beginning November 21, that view will ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Moto X and how Guy Kawasaki has confirmed that the phone will be sold in the Google Play Store, though not in the way that you think. Then we move to some Google Play Store bugs for those of you that get the horrible "package file invalid" issues lately, since you're not alone. New Nexus 7 tablets are also plagued with bugs recently and we go through Google's stand on the issue. We then talk about HTC and their reported plans for more or less Windows Phone devices. We end today's show talking about Microsoft and how its getting sued by ...

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    The Google Play redesign we were promised with the occasion of this year's Google I/O has finally hit the online version. By this time you are familiar with the new aspect of the Android online store from the apps on your phones and tablets. That very same design has been rolled out to the web, with the latest Google Play redesign. You're going to see a tiled representation of content alongside a side-bar for easy navigation. Head over to the source link below on your computer's browser to check out the new looks. Let us know what you think while you're at it! Source: Google Play Via: Engadget

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    Last month, we learned that Samsung would be releasing a special edition of the Galaxy S 4, sold through the Google Play Store and running stock Android, just like a Nexus-series device. That was followed by rumors of a similar version of the HTC One, and sure enough, just before the month was out we saw that confirmed as well. Today, both phones finally go up for sale, and we also get to learn a little bit about their software. First up, we've been calling these Google editions, or Nexus editions, not really positive about the accepted parlance. With both now available, it's clear that ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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