Google Play Points

Google introduces Google Play Points and rewards for the U.S.

In the United States, Google Play Points is now available, as of November 4, 2019. You can join for free and start earning Play Points

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G pre-order dates, Google Pixel 3a confirmed & more – Pocketnow Daily

Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about pre-orders dates for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, leaked specs of the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL & more

Google Play supporting app developers who reward users who watch ads

The company behind Android is making it easier to implement incentives for users to watch video ads in their apps. And there’s more to come.
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Play Pass subscription possibly coming to Google Play Store

There is slight, but repeated, evidence that hints towards Google silently preparing a Play Pass subscription service for the Store.
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Google Play Store may be getting Play Points loyalty program

A recent report details what might end up to become a loyalty program for the Google Play Store based on Play Points. Check it out!

Here’s what you need to play Fortnite in your Android phone

Find out if your Android Phone is going to let you play Fortnite or not with the complete list of the compatible devices and minimum requirements

Tiny Instagram Lite app surfaces on Google Play with absolutely no fanfare

According to a company spokesperson, the storage space-saving Instagram Lite Android app is still undergoing (public) testing in just one global market.

Be My Eyes, Empires & Puzzles and Flipkart top eclectic list of 2018 Google Play Award winners

Far from a popularity contest, the 2018 Google Play Awards were handed out to a mix of mainstream hits and obscure underdogs including BBC Earth: Life in VR and Episode by Pocket Gems.

Oreo gains modest 1.1 percent share in Android distribution numbers for May

The latest Android distribution chart looks just as bad as the one from last month, with Nougat in the lead, Marshmallow in second place, and Oreo at only 5.7 percent.

Amazon quietly released a new ultra-lightweight ‘Internet’ browser in Google Play

If you need an extra-small, lightning fast, privacy-focused new way to surf the web on your Android device, you could try to give Amazon’s new “Internet” app a chance.

ZTE’s US trouble intensifies, as company could lose access to essential Android apps and services

While it’s practically impossible to prohibit ZTE from using actual Android source code, the company’s smartphones might be kicked out of Google’s Play Store.

Oreo more than quadruples its share in Google’s latest Android distribution report

Google forgot to revise the Android distribution chart last month, now reporting some massive growth for Oreo compared to February numbers.

Huawei AppGallery expands worldwide on Huawei and Honor phones starting with the P20

Huawei and Honor phone users looking for a “family-friendly app store specifically designed” for them should look no further. Say hello to the global AppGallery.

Google Play Instant just one of many pre-GDC announcements

The feature is an extension of the wider Android Instant Apps initiative where users can try a game out without installing it first.

More than 700,000 ‘bad’ apps were banned from Google Play last year, up 70 percent

Google Play Protect, machine learning techniques and an overall increased commitment to security made Android’s main app store a more trusted and safer place in 2017 than ever before.

Samsung’s official PyeongChang 2018 app brings you closer to the Olympic action

The only mobile app you’ll need to follow the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics action is available from Samsung as a free Google Play or iOS App Store download.

Google Play audiobooks go live in 45 countries, with Google Assistant English support

You don’t need any sort of subscription to purchase individual Google Play audiobooks in 45 countries around the world, and listen to them on Android, iOS or the web.

Google Play changes aim to take Android app security and performance to the next level

Android app security and performance will be a big focus for Google over the next couple of years, as proven by recently announced Play Store policy revisions.

Essential Camera app downloads hint at roughly 50,000 Essential Phone sales so far

In the absence of official figures, we can only rely on Play Store installations of the proprietary Essential Phone camera app for sales approximations.

Google’s YouTube-based music streaming service could be only a few months away

Even though Google Play Music and YouTube Red are far less popular than the search giant had probably hoped, a combo service of sorts is coming.

Google unveils several ‘India-first’ products and features, including Assistant for JioPhone

Google has a bunch of lightweight new Android apps designed primarily for smartphone users in India. Also, a special JioPhone version of Google Assistant.

Facebook Messenger Kids lets children chat with pre-approved contacts in total safety

Facebook has a new children-friendly instant messaging app available as a preview on US iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches, aptly named Messenger Kids.

Essential Phone gains Portrait Mode with latest camera update, second-gen device confirmed

Universally criticized for mediocre camera performance, the first-gen Essential Phone continues to get better. And yes, there will be a second-gen handset.

Google unsurprisingly names Super Mario Run 2017’s most popular new Android game

Google Play’s US Best of 2017 lists include Super Mario Run in the lead in the new game category, and Photo Editor as the year’s most popular new app.

Android games, apps, movies and books feature on Google’s list of Play Store Black Friday deals

You can get a number of “premium” Android games at up to 80 percent off from Google Play, as well as free Play Music and heavily discounted books.