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    Last time we were talking about changes to the Google Play Store, we were looking at some reorganization that really only affected tablet users. Now there's a new version of the app on its way out to Android fans, and this time the improvements will be felt by smartphone owners, as well. Let's look at what's new: A big focus of this update is tweaking how you create, edit, and access user reviews. For apps you've yet to rate, the stars rankings Google offers you to choose from are displayed much more prominently. And then, after you've posted a review, controls to edit what you had to say ...

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    Earlier this week, we saw Google overhaul how it handles periodicals in the Play store, mixing a bit of Currents in with Magazines and delivering unto us the Play Newsstand. And while that may be very interesting news if you're big into using your Android tablet to keep up with your reading, we can understand how it might seem a little underwhelming to those of you who haven't yet caught the digital publication bug. To help introduce you to what you've been missing, Google has a little promotional offer going for the Newsstand launch, selling a whole bunch of magazines for cheap or free. ...

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    Back in early October, Google revealed that it was going to start changing the way apps are displayed in the Play Store for owners of Android tablets. The idea was to really highlight the efforts of developers who had taken the time to optimize their apps for use on tablets, and move the Store's “Designed for tablets” section from something tablet owners would have to hunt down themselves to the default view for the app. Today, we see that change finally go into effect. Hand-in-hand with making “Designed for tablets” the default category tablet users will see, Google's creating a ...

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    Signs of Google introducing a News category to the Play Store have been around for months now. We were talking about it as far back as the spring, but evidence really started piling up in recent weeks, with resources in the Play Store app APK making it look like Google was nearly ready to flip the switch and make things official. Today we finally see that happen, with the arrival of the Google Play Newsstand. In addition to the new Newsstand category in the Store, we're also seeing the launch of a separate Newsstand app. It incorporates your existing magazine purchases with newspaper ...

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    Been thinking about picking up a Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Why not, as with its speedy processor, big beautiful display, and ever-versatile S Pen, it's easily one of the most compelling smartphones around at the moment. But for all the good this phone offers, it still has one little problem: a premium price tag. At a carrier in the States, you're probably looking to pay $300 on-contract for the Note 3, while even newer models like the LG G2 go for a whole lot less. Sure, you get a lot for your money with the Note 3, but if you're still having trouble rationalizing the expense, Samsung has a ...

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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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