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You can now preorder feature films on Google Play if you're in the US

Starting today, those of us in the US can now preorder feature films from Google Play. This will let us reserve certain hit movies before they are released to DVD or digital download. This is all done through Google Play on your computer or Android. The process is explained thusly: Check out...
Google Play dev console adds field for developers' physical addresses

Google Play dev console adds field for developers' physical addresses

Google today revised the announcement in the Developer Console telling us all that starting tomorrow, Sept. 30, physical addresses will be required. Those addresses will be available on the app detail page in Google Play. The field appears to be live in the dev console, and you can add an address...
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Google updates Distribution Agreement, gives devs 3 days to respond to inquiries

Google today announced changes to the Developer Distribution Agreement that should make things a little easier on us, the paying customer. Three things of note: Developers who offer paid applications or in-app purchases will have three business days to respond to customer support inquiries, or...
How to clear your Google Play Store search and apps history

How to clear your Google Play Store search and apps history

For whatever reason, from time to time you're probably going to want to clear out your search and/or your apps history from the Google Play Store. It doesn't take long for you to create a pretty sizeable list and it can quickly get out of control. Fortunately, like so many other things, Google...
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Google Play soon will list in-app purchase price ranges

Google today dropped word on the developer dashboard that the price-range for in-app purchases on a given app soon will be listed in the app description. The change takes effect Sept. 30. Basically if an app has in-app purchases or subscription rates, you'll be able to see the ballpark cost...
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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'...
Auto updating apps

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...
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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...
Google Play Movies & TV

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...
Major Google Play sees savings as much as 85 percent off

Major Google Play sale sees savings as much as 85 percent off

Google is having a huge sale on select Google Play app titles with savings as much as 85 percent applying to purchases of apps as well as in-app purchases. Final Fantasy V, Paper Camera, and Weather Pro are among some of the titles included in the sales. Sales for paid apps and games are as...
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Google Play Developer Publishing API to give devs better control over their Android apps

Developers now have access to a suite of new tools that help them track how well their app is performing and manage it after it is published, and it all starts with the Google Play Developer Publishing API. This new API, which was announced back at Google I/O, makes it easier for developers to...
Google Play purchases

How to keep your kids (or anyone else) from buying on your Google Play account

Passwords, passwords, passwords Have we mentioned lately the importance of using a password? Whether it's on your device itself, or any of your accounts, you've got to keep things behind a password. And that goes for making purchases from Google Play as well. A more recent bone of contention...
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Google Play now offers section for games that can be played offline

Google has now set up a section of its Google Play Store devoted to games that can be played offline, in an apparent attempt to give Android device owners a choice between those types of games and others that require an online connection. While many of the titles listed in the Offline Games...
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Google Play Store now tells you when albums are in All Access

One of the many cool things to come from Google's Material Design update to the Play Store app, which now features big beautiful images and colorful icons when you select just about anything, is a huge deal for All Access subscribers. After this update hits your phone or tablet, you'll be able to...

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