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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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 Play adds new TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central and more

Google has revealed it has added a number of new shows from Viacom's various cable networks to the Google Play Store, including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Spike and TV Land. The shows added to Google Play include such classics as SpongeBob SquarePants and Beavis & Butt-head to more...
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'My Apps': What is it, and what can you do with it?

Take control of the installed apps on your devices Google Play has made some serious usability improvements since it launched to replace the now-ancient-sounding Android Market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still have a few tricks up its sleeves. One of the best features of the Play Store is...
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Game of Thrones season 4 lands on Google Play + Amazon Instant Video in the UK

Just days after its conclusion on TV, the fourth season of Game of Thrones is available for Brits to stream through Google Play and Amazon Instant Video. The entire ten-episode run will set you back £18.49 in SD or £24.49 in HD from Google Play or £16.99-23.99 from Amazon. Google offers a little...
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O2 adds carrier billing option for UK Play Store

After rolling out a carrier billing service for all purchases made on Samsung's app store earlier this month, UK carrier O2 has announced that it is bringing the service to the Play Store. Dubbed Charge to Mobile, you can now buy apps, movies, games, books and music from the Play Store and...
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How to update your Google Play Store app without sideloading like a savage

Oh, Google. You and your little tricks. Dunno how old this is (Update: Ah, since March or so. Cool.), but apparently there's a neat little trick to forcing your Google Play Store app to check for an update. No installing apk files from who knows where. No waiting like a peasant. Just a couple...
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New Google Play Store greatly simplifies permissions

Important permissions bundled into a primary group, with common permissions relegated to a secondary screen Google is pushing out a new version of the Google Play Store app. The biggest change in recent versions (we're currently at 4.8.20) as we see it so far is that the permissions you see...
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Google Play TV shows now available in Canada

For all of the Google services that aren't available in Canada, you now have one item to knock off the list — Google Play TV shows. Google has just opened up TV show purchases through Google Play to Canadians today, making it five countries — Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, United...
Google Play site gets a mobile optimized version

Google Play site gets a mobile optimized version

Although most Android users have never really complained about the site, considering they have the app to use, not everyone using a mobile device has had access to a nicely formatted for mobile Google Play Store. Everyone visiting the site previously from a mobile was met with the desktop version...
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Google Play Store 'freemium' apps being investigated by Italian regulator

Google, Apple and Amazon are being investigated by Italian regulators over freemium apps. It's no secret that the freemium model for financing apps on mobile app stores have taken off in recent years. Simply doing a quick search on popular mobile platforms today will yield hundreds of results for...

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