2019 Annual Report

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
Play Store

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.

Google Play’s Black Friday deals are big on apps, tokens, movies, books and more

Discounts can run up to 80 percent this next week on games, subscriptions, audiobooks and more! And movies and TV shows will be 99 cents on Thanksgiving!

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.
Play Points

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.

Incognito Mode rolling out on YouTube mobile apps

Google won’t be able to keep track of your video watching and search history on YouTube, but your internet service provider and network manager can.

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.

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.

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.

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 Store

Google Play subscription refunds come into compliance with EU 14-day rule

For rolling digital services, European consumers are allowed 14 days to review their new subscription and, if desired, get a refund.

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.