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Google Play Movies & TV picks up account switcher, new navigation drawer and improved timeline scrubbing

Design falls in line with other recent Google apps while adding a few new features Wednesdays are turning in to "Google app update" days, and the second one of today (behind Keep) is Google Play Movies & TV. The update is making the same interface changes here as we have seen on other recent...
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See all of your ratings and +1s in Google Play on the web

A new menu item is showing up for some users in the Play Store on the web, giving you a look at all of your +1 and comment activity in the store. This reflects a change that was added to the Play Store on Android back in December, letting you have a broad look at all of your Play Store engagement...
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Android camera app reportedly getting portrait and effects improvements through Play Store

To be updated independently of Android, gaining custom filter support The Android camera app will soon be split off into the Google Play Store and is looking to get an update with a refreshed UI and new effects. Manufacturers have put a lot of effort into expanding the capabilities of their...

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Android camera app reportedly getting portrait and effects improvements through Play Store

To be updated independently of Android, gaining custom filter support The Android camera app will soon be split off into the Google Play Store and is looking to get an update with a refreshed UI and new effects. Manufacturers have put a lot of effort into expanding the capabilities of their...
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UK closes tax loophole on digital downloads, Google Play prices likely to increase

New rules see standard VAT of 20% to be paid from January 1 2015 Buried within the recent Budget, it seems that UK Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced that digital content downloads will pay tax based on the country they are sold in. In other words all content from Google Play, Amazon,...
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Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the...
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Hangouts 2.0 now rolling out with SMS support

New version lets you use Google's IM app to send and receive texts As promised at last week's Google+ event, the new version of Hangouts capable of sending and receiving text messages is now rolling out through Google Play. The update to brings things up to speed with the version of Hangouts on...
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HTC Sense 6 apps hit Google Play ahead of new HTC One launch

BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack and SenseTV listed on Google Play, complete with screenshots We're just hours away from the expected arrival of the new HTC One (M8), and we're starting to see signs of the final preparations being made for the phone's launch. HTC has this morning released three new...
Google Play Store 4.6.16

Google Play Store 4.6.16 now rolling out with new password options, batch app installing

A few interface and wording changes make the app a little more friendly A new version of the Google Play Store is rolling out to a wide number of people this week, bringing with it a few new options in the settings and some visual tweaks that make the whole app run a bit smoother. Nothing will...
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Kanye West's 'Yeezus' leads Google's holiday deals

As is prone to happen this time of year, Google's got a bunch of holiday deals in order on Google Play. The savings spans across just about every category, from Kanye West's "Yeezus" album free for a limited time. The Star Wars: Tiny Death Star game has an exclusive  Google Play bundle available,...
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Samsung offering U.S. Galaxy Note 3 owners $50 Google Play credit

If you've got a U.S. Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung's running a promotion until Jan. 6 that'll allow you to claim $50 of free Google Play credit. Simply hit up the promotion site, enter your details — including phone number, address, email and IMEI — and you'll be able to score $50 credit to use...
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Get a head start on Mother's Day shopping with Play Store sale

Even though it's not for another month, Google is holding a Mother's Day sale on the Google Play Store, offering major discounts on certain books, as well as magazine subscriptions. Books are available for 50% off, including I Remember Nothing, Lean In, and The Goldfinch. Customers can also...
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Google Play Movies comes to dozens of new countries, Play Music expands to 4 more

63 countries now have Google Play Movies, with 25 now having Play Music as well Well it turns out Google has been busy signing deals to expand Google Play Movies, as the content choice has just expanded to 38 new countries around the world today. And the new countries truly are around the entire...

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Even though it's not for another month, Google is holding a Mother's Day sale on the Google Play Store, offering major discounts on certain books, as well as magazine subscriptions.

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If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the vulnerability sent server teams around the world scrambling to patch their systems. Among them: Google. In a posting today on the Google Online Security Blog, Google revealed that they had patched OpenSSL vulnerabilities in a number of their services.

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People in Google Play

Google Play today added a "People" section to the Play Store app. Apps and other content that you've hit the +1 button on and have left reviews for will now be visible to friends you have circled in Google+. You don't have to do anything to see this new feature — just open the sidebar in the Google Play Store and it's there, at least for us on version 4.6.17.

Google also gives suggestions for other folks to follow, and other content recommendations that you might like. You'll also get recommendations "From familiar faces," and see who's making the recommendation, so you know who to give a hard time if something suspect shows up.

All in all, it's a nice integration, and should be a good source of discovery for when you're looking for new music, movies and apps.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Google Play Newsstand

Content sections now separated into individual tabs for easier reading

Our third Google app update of the day is Google Play Newsstand, and again we're looking at light changes with a few new features that'll grab the interest of those who regularly use the app. Content discovery is a big deal for an app like this, and the most notable interface change is a new set of tabs in the "Read now" section with quick access to sections of content — like highlights, news, business, entertainment and sports —that you add all in one place. You can tap on each or swipe between them to check out all of the news in that category, and each one has its own color coordination that takes over the display to indicate you've switched.

The slide-in navigation drawer has also been refreshed, combining both "My News" and "My Magazines" into a single "My Library" (which makes sense). Curiously, the manual setting to choose whether or not to pre-download and keep the "Read Now" section on your device is gone — it isn't clear if this will happen automatically now or if everything will be downloaded when you view it by default.

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Google Play Movies & TV

Design falls in line with other recent Google apps while adding a few new features

Wednesdays are turning in to "Google app update" days, and the second one of today (behind Keep) is Google Play Movies & TV. The update is making the same interface changes here as we have seen on other recent Google apps, with an all-encompassing slide-in navigation bar that brings the "settings" and "help & feedback" options out of the overflow menu button and to the side bar. There's also a now-standard account switcher for moving between your multiple Google accounts at the top of the bar as well.

While the full changelog isn't yet available, we can tell that there's a new way to scrub through playback of TV shows and movies with swipes on the screen rather than the traditional timeline. You can swipe forward and back on the content to move in 10-second intervals, or swipe and hold to rewind or fast forward continuously until you let go. These are some nice changes that are a great companion to the recently-announced Google Play Movies & TV expansion to new countries.

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A new menu item is showing up for some users in the Play Store on the web, giving you a look at all of your +1 and comment activity in the store. This reflects a change that was added to the Play Store on Android back in December, letting you have a broad look at all of your Play Store engagement in one place.

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Nexus 5 camera

To be updated independently of Android, gaining custom filter support

The Android camera app will soon be split off into the Google Play Store and is looking to get an update with a refreshed UI and new effects. Manufacturers have put a lot of effort into expanding the capabilities of their camera apps in recent years — just see the Duo Camera and its crazy effects in the HTC One M8 — and Google understandably wants to make sure that their offering is able to keep up. According to Engadget, Google plans to do just that by splitting the camera app itself out of Android and updating it through Google Play.

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BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack and SenseTV listed on Google Play, complete with screenshots

We're just hours away from the expected arrival of the new HTC One (M8), and we're starting to see signs of the final preparations being made for the phone's launch. HTC has this morning released three new HTC Sense apps onto Google Play — HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack, and HTC SenseTV.

Update: HTC Gallery and HTC Guide have joined the fray.

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Buried within the recent Budget, it seems that UK Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced that digital content downloads will pay tax based on the country they are sold in. In other words all content from Google Play, Amazon, iTunes and so on, will be subject to the standard UK rate of VAT at 20%.

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A nice new feature for developers: You're now able to have different changelogs for production, beta and alpha versions of your app. Before it was all or nothing — and nobody wants to see a new changelog for an app without an update. We'll definitely take advantage of this with our next version, which should be available as soon as it's ready. (See what we did there?)

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Availability of the Acer C720 Chromebook from Google Play is expanding outside of the U.S. for the first time since its launch, heading to four new countries as of today. Now Chrombook buyers in the U.K., Canada, France and Germany have a new option for buying the $229 / £199 laptop, building on hit-or-miss availability from other retailers like Amazon.

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Along with the expansion of the Chromecast to a handful of new countries and Google Play Music and Movies coming to dozens of new countries, even more people can now also get their hands on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 directly from Google Play. The latest Nexus phone is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20.

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63 countries now have Google Play Movies, with 25 now having Play Music as well

Well it turns out Google has been busy signing deals to expand Google Play Movies, as the content choice has just expanded to 38 new countries around the world today. And the new countries truly are around the entire world, with a huge crop of countries from Europe, Africa, South America and many other regions represented:

Aruba, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, Sweden, Togo, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia.

This is the first large expansion since December, and brings the total number of countries with access to the Google Play Movies store to a staggering 63 — let's see how long it takes for another huge expansion.

Looking at another area of the Play Store, Google Play Music — including the subscription All Access offering — has expanded to four new countries as well, all of which are in Europe: Greece, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden. This brings the total for the music service up to 25 countries now, and while it isn't 63 countries it's nothing to shake a stick at.

Source: Google Play Support

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Google Play Store 4.6.16

A few interface and wording changes make the app a little more friendly

A new version of the Google Play Store is rolling out to a wide number of people this week, bringing with it a few new options in the settings and some visual tweaks that make the whole app run a bit smoother. Nothing will blow you away in this update, but there are a few solid improvements, starting with new control over your password settings. Rather than an on/off option for requiring a password for purchases, you now have three — all purchases, every 30 minutes, or never. (You can make a guess this has something to do with a current lawsuit.) Further in the settings, you can now force check for an update to the Google Play Store itself by tapping the build versoin (nice!).

Also in the settings is new wording that changes "auto add widgets" to "add icon to home screen," which makes dramatically more sense considering that the Play Store was never actually putting widgets on your homescreen, just apps. Falling in line with other recent Google app updates, the settings menu itself (along with the "help" menu) can be accessed from the slide-in panel on the left side, rather than an overflow menu button in the top bar.

Last but not least, you can now batch select and install apps from the "all" tab of "my apps," letting you quickly restore apps onto a new device at your own convenience. Previously you could select multiple apps to remove them from the list, but now you simply have the option to install multiple apps at once. This latest version of the Play Store will be rolling out over time, as usual, but should be hitting most devices in the coming days.

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Still just four countries in total have access to TV shows through Google Play

Googe Play TV is expanding to just its fourth country worldwide today with the move down under to Australia. The country joins the exclusive company of the United States, United Kingdom and Japan, building on the prior availability of the "movies" side of Google Play previously. Australia now has access to pretty much every portion of Google Play, including apps, books, magazines and music (All Access, too).

TV shows may be one of the toughest content categories to obtain the proper rights to launch in an additional country, so you can somewhat understand why the rollout has been slower than something like books. Today's expansion makes us hopeful that TV shows will come to even more countries soon, but we're not holding our breath.

Source: Google Play Support

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Won't stop games being made but should reduce Flappy spam

After Flappy Bird's rampant success, the inevitable rush of clones and 'Flappy' everythings started to emerge. The Play Store – and iOS App Store – is full of them, but it looks now as if developers will at least have to be more creative in naming their apps. According to a report by TechCrunch, Google and Apple are both starting to reject apps with Flappy in the title.

Developers on both platforms have been reporting rejection and suspension notices because of the references, and will be forced to re-submit with a new, more original title. From their perspective discovery of their app may be reduced – since Flappy is the key word – and from our perspective the Play Store top apps should at least appear less irritating.

But it doesn't change the actual content of the apps. For now. Eventually the fad will pass, but in the meantime our eyes should become Flappy free.

Source: TechCrunch

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Don't worry, everything will be back up and operational soon

Folks from all around are reporting issues downloading apps and updates from the Play Store today, receiving an error "403" in the process. It's safe to say at this point that Google Play is both herping and derping, and it should be sorted out soon. Here's a quick explanation of what that 403 error means, technically:

Generally a 403 error means your request was "forbidden." That doesn't mean you did anything wrong, just that the server (in this case Google's Play store servers) were programmed to deny the request you sent. Typically, you see a 403 error when you try to browse the file structure of a server that wasn't configured to allow this sort of access.

What's likely happening with Google Play is because of traffic shaping, where the normal request was altered and the server gets a request that it cannot allow. There's nothing you can do to fix them, though some people have had luck deleting their Google account and adding it again. The best thing you can do is wait it out, even though that's something nobody wants to do.

We go through these sorts of widespread errors from time to time, and they always get sorted out quickly. Hang in there.

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Save $95 and bring your own Nexus 5 to the MVNO

Sprint MVNO Ting is now selling the Nexus 5 on its own website, but you'll be paying $445 (a $95 premium) to buy it from Ting instead of Google Play. And the carrier isn't making any illusions about the fact — it is telling customers to just buy the phone for cheaper from Google and put a Ting SIM card into it. As it explains on its official blog, even with selling the Nexus 5 at below cost, Ting just can't match the $349 unlocked price that Google is charging.

We've seen this price discrepancy from other third-party retailers that have offered the phone, but few have been so open about the situation. Given the circumstances, it's in the best interest of both you and Ting if you simply pay $10 for a SIM card from the carrier and pop it into your Nexus 5 ordered from Google Play. Ting will still sell a Nexus 5 to those who simply prefer to buy it from the carrier they'll be using it on, but we love to see the transparency regardless.

Source: Ting

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Rebooted PC classic now available worldwide on Google Play

EA has announced that Dungeon Keeper for Android (and iOS) is now available globally, following a limited rollout in some regions towards the end of 2013. The game is thematically similar to classic titles on which it's based, but the mobile version of 'Keeper is more about tower defense and strategy building than the PC originals. Nevertheless, you're still building your own subterranean lair and recruiting creatures do battle against the forces of good, which is the essence of Dungeon Keeper.

The game is free to download, but uses in-app purchases, so you'll likely have to part with some cash if you intend on playing it for any length of time. Check the download links below to pick up Dungeon Keeper in North America or the rest of the world.

Source: Business Wire

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Grab some protection for your tablet or phone at a discount

Google Play is running a promotion to offer 25 percent off select Nexus 5 and 7 accessories for a limited time. While you won't see the full range of accessories like chargers and headphones, you can get your hands on the three latest Nexus 7 cases — Sleeve, Folio and Case — as well as the Nexus 5 Bumper Case and QuickCover case for a reduced price.

The promotion is automatically applied and is reflected in the price shown on the product pages. You can grab the promotion from the link below, and if you need help making up your mind on any of these accessories, be sure to check out our reviews:

25% Off the Right Accessories for Your Device on Google Play

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