Android Feature Request: Let Us “User-Initiate” App Updates on Google Play, Just Like System Updates

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The introduction of staged rollouts for Android apps is probably my least favorite Android happening in the history of covering this industry. While I’m fully aware of the reasoning for them to exist (act as a test group, catch bugs early before everyone gets them, don’t destroy everyone’s phone, etc.), they absolutely took almost all of the fun out of Android apps and the way we discovered new features and shared big changes with one another, all through the secure outlet that is Google Play. In ...

Google Took Down 700,000+ Bad Apps in 2017, Booted 100,000 Bad Developers From Google Play

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The battle over clean, non-malicious apps on Google Play is a never-ending battle that Google is constantly finding new ways to address. For 2017, they not only improved on their ability to detect bad apps, they discovered new techniques that help them identify repeat offenders. In doing so, they announced today that they took down 700,000+ apps on Google Play that violated the store’s policies, but also kicked out 100,000 bad developers. That seems like a lot of bad apps and bad developers. They didn’t say ...

Google Play Audiobooks Section Going Live Right Now

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Over the weekend, hints of an Audiobooks section launching on Google Play surfaced, leading us to believe that Google would announce details at some point early this week. As it turns out, today is the day – Google Play Audiobooks are now official. With Audiobooks from Google Play, you can buy single audiobooks (no subscription required), add them to your Family Library, tell Google Assistant on your phone or Google Home to read your books (including setting timers), Cast them to supported devices, and pick-up where ...

Google Play Kicks Off “12 Days of Play” Holiday Sale With Discounts Like $0.99 Movie Rentals

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For the next 12 days, Google Play is hosting a series of fresh deals on everything from apps and games to movies, TV shows, and books. The promo is called “12 Days of Play” and the first round of deals includes things like $0.99 movie rentals or that same $0.99 price for three TV shows. On top of the cheap rentals, Google Play will also give you a $5 credit towards any book that costs more than $5, 50% off subscriptions to HBO Now for three ...

Google Play ‘Best of 2017’ Results Are In!

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It’s now December, which means it’s time for Best of 2017 lists! I must say, I love this time of year, because it allows us to be super duper subjective and tell the world our favorite apps, phones, and games from the year. That’s not exactly what this post is, though. Google has shared its best of 2017 lists this morning, based on actual data from Google Play and not any subjectivity. We have Google Play’s top new games, new apps, top streamed songs, top movies, top ...

Google Play Black Friday Deals are Up: 80% Off Select Games, Free Play Music Subscription, More

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This morning, Google opened up its Black Friday Deals for the Google Play store and they cover just about any category of media you might be interested in. From games and apps and subscriptions, to books and movies and music, Google likely has something discounted that’ll catch your eye. For the gamers in the building, Google has dropped many of their “premium” games by 80%. You can get into games like LEGO Jurassic World, Mini Metro, and Shadow Fight 2 for $0.99 (normally $5). Even Call ...

Google Play Now Offers More Finely Curated App Recommendations

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As of today, Google Play has an officially overhauled Editors’ Choice section, featuring a more curated experience. In this section, there are themes that editors handpick applications for, such as RPGs, puzzle games, and road trips. If you’re looking for a cool new app today, there are already 14 different themes to go through. For those curious, you can access this new section via desktop or mobile, limited to select markets for the time being (don’t worry, the US is covered). Google states that this editorial ...

Google Play Movies & TV Gets HDR Playback

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Your Google Play Movies & TV viewing experience is ready to be cranked up a notch in the contrast, brightness, and color departments, thanks to High Dynamic Range (HDR) support launching today in the US and Canada. Of course, you’ll need an HDR-equipped TV and a movie that can play in both 4K and HDR. Google says that when you purchase 4K Ultra HD (UHD) movies, many will be compatible with HDR playback. If available, and your internet connection is solid, HDR and 4K should stream ...