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Material Design-inspired Google Play app update now rolling out

Materiyolo As shown off at Google I/O 2014, the new version of Google Play is beautiful, heavy on the Material Design, and starting to push out now to regular folk like you and me. While much of the interface is unchanged, when you dive into an application's page (or a book, or movie, or music...
In-app purchases

In-app purchases: The good, the bad and the evil

In-app purchases are something we're all going to come across, here's the lowdown on what's good, and not so good In-app purchases; a highly contentious topic of conversation, but something we have to accept. Developers want to get paid for their work — and rightly so — and for some the in-app...
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Google will ditch the 'free' label on games with in-app purchases

The European Commission has announced that Google will stop labeling Android games in the Google Play Store as being "free" if they have in-app purchases, as part of an agreement between the company and the commission to offer better consumer guidance when downloading apps. In their statement...

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Google in talks to bring Play Store carrier billing to India

Indian subscribers may soon find it easier to buy content from the Play Store, as it was revealed by the Times of India today that Google was in talks with Airtel to enable carrier billing in the country. Boasting a subscriber base of 40 million (of which 12.5 million are on 3G), Airtel is the...
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Using content filtering in the Google Play Store

Having the ability to restrict what sort of apps are displayed to you in the Google Play Store is important. While Google does have guidelines on what is and isn't allowed into the store, it isn't the same as being able to keep stuff you just don't want to see out of sight and mind. Whether it'...
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Setting your apps to auto-update: Whether you should and how to do it

Setting your apps to auto-update is easy, but should you? If you hate being bothered with app update notifications, the Google Play Store makes it frightfully easy to just have your apps auto-update without needing any interaction from you. But just because it's easy to do doesn't necessarily...
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Google Play support page confirms new 2-hour refund window for apps and games

Google has updated its support page for Google Play today, officially confirming that buyers of paid Android apps and games from the store now have two hours to obtain a refund if they wish, compared to the previous limit of just 15 minutes. While Google was unofficially offering paid app...
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Google Glass Explorer Edition now on sale via Google Play Store in US

Google has begun selling the early Explorer Edition of its Google Glass eyewear device directly on the Google Play Store in the US market, rather than offer it for sale on its own dedicated web site. Google has already allowed UK residents to purchase the Google Glass Explorer Edition via the...
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The one Google Play Store setting you have to turn off

If you're new to Android completely or even if you just picked up a new device for the first time, there's one pretty annoying Google Play Store setting that you're probably going to want rid of as soon as possible. We're talking about the one that adds a shortcut to your homescreen for each...
Swing Copters

Swing Copters shows Google Play still has a copycat problem

Flappy Bird wasn't the first game to spawn an entire ecosystem of me-too clones, nor will it be the last. And now that the developer of the insanely difficult but addicting game has released the even more insanely difficult and even more addicting (is that even possible?) Swing Copters, well, we'...
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Redesigned Google Play Store hitting more devices

According to, well, a lot of you fine folks out there, the new, redesigned Google Play Store is making its way to more devices today. (It started its trollout a couple weeks ago, pushing to just a small percentage of devices.) If you've yet to experience it, things are pretty different. You've...
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Google Play has various movies, books and music on steep discount

If you're looking to pick up some media on the cheap, Google Play is the place to be right now. A sale has just kicked off with dozens of movies, books and music albums seeing big discounts, with plenty of content coming in under $4.99. Google's providing a promo link that seems to just be...
In-app purchases

In-app purchases: The good, the bad and the evil

In-app purchases are something we're all going to come across, here's the lowdown on what's good, and not so good In-app purchases; a highly contentious topic of conversation, but something we have to accept. Developers want to get paid for their work — and rightly so — and for some the in-app...

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