Epic Games begrudgingly releases Fortnite on the Play Store
Despite releasing Fortnite on the Play Store, Epic Games will continue to operate the eponymous app and Fortnite outside of the Google Play ecosystem.
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Pocketnow Daily: Google Play to be REALLY CHALLENGED by China?!(video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about a new alliance created to compete against Google Play Store, a possible launch date for the iPhone 9 and more
Huawei is joining forces with OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi to stop depending on the Google Play Store
A new alliance has been created by Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi to give developers and users an alternative to Google’s Play Store
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Google Play Store hints at automatic installation feature for pre-registered apps
APK teardown of the Google Play Store has revealed strings that suggest Play Store will soon bring automatic installation feature for pre-registered apps.
2019 Annual Report
Pocketnow Daily: Is Huawei LOSING their Kirin processors? (video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the possibility of Huawei loosing its Kirin processors, UK 5G network delayed and more.
Pocketnow Daily: Huawei Ban – What we know & what has CHANGED! (video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the problems between Huawei and US companies like Google, new 5X camera in new Samsung phone and more.
Google Duo now on at least 1 billion Android devices
It replaced Hangouts as a default Android app on many devices be they phones or tablets, so it makes sense that it’s spread fast.
Beta version of Apple Music expands to Android tablets
Those who have signed up for the beta program for the Apple Music Android app can now use it on their tablets all prim and properly.
Files Go becomes Files by Google
It’s still the same file manager app, but it’s long outgrown its original purpose. 50 million downloads outgrown. So, it’s getting a new name.
Rubin woes, Xiaomi grows, MAKERphone glows | #PNWeekly 329
How does sexual misconduct at Google reflect on Android? Also on ouir show, we discuss Xiaomi’s politics and talk with a DIY phone creator.
Portugal courts rule Google can’t remove Aptoide from users’ Android phones
The Play Protect security software on Android phones is said to have systematically targeted installations of third-party competitor Aptoide.
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Google charging OEMs for GApps in Europe based on device pixel density
In response to being fined by the European Commission, Google has decided to charge fees for OEMs wanting to distribute the Play Store in the Eurozone.
Google makes Play Store optional in Europe, will charge license fee
The company is still distributing Android OS, Google Search and Chrome to device makers for free. Apps like the Play Store and YouTube will start to cost.
Spotify Lite is a playlist-only, streaming-only app
Why doesn’t it allow downloads? It would make sense for people who are on tight data plans. In any case, it’s in testing right now.
Google Podcasts inching closer to existence
There’s code from an upcoming version of the Google Android app that signals a dedicated app for podcasts. They’re currently tucked into Google Play Music.
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.
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.
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.
Huawei Pay wallet app rolling out on Play Store
The Chinese OEM has set out a future footprint for Russia for its mobile payments system and it could have sights for Europe.
Gmail Go allows users to read and send mail offline
How can you lighten up an email app? You send email, you receive email. That’s pretty much it. Well, it’s part of the Android Go suite of apps.
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.
LG Wallet app listing suggests LG G7 name will stick after all [UPDATE]
The app was published to the Play Store, left for LG Android phone users curious enough to download in confusion and had a hint of flagship moniker projection.