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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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Google Play Store now accepting PayPal

Google is adding PayPal as a payment option for Play Store purchases starting today! Just tap through on a purchase and pick your new payment option. The roll-out is just starting today though, so it might take awhile to to live in your area. These are available in 12 countries, including U.S.,...
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Nexus 5 Snap Case now available on Google Play for $29

Google Play has just added yet another case offering for the Nexus 5, this time called the Snap Case. It's a hard-sided case (hence why it'd need to "snap" on) that fits around all sides of the Nexus 5, and is a harder-looking material than the previous Nexus 5 Bumper case. It's available in...
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Updating your Android apps: Choosing automatic or manual, and how to get it done

Keep your apps up to date at the pace you want As the number of apps on our (sometimes multiple) devices continues to grow, it becomes quite a chore to keep them up to date on a weekly basis. App developers are pushing out updates just to change app icons or small strings of text, and for this...
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Buy a Nexus 7, get £50 in Google Play credit

Google is teaming up with Asus to offer a £50 Play Store credit in the UK along with a purchase of the 16 GB Nexus 7 2013. Customers purchasing from a variety of UK retailers like Asda , Carphone Warehouse, Currys, Tesco and Very are eligible to receive the Play Store credit. While this doesn't...
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Ask AC: How many installs does an app really have?

As Gmail passes 1 billion downloads, we take a look at what that actually means Gmail has surpassed 1 billion downloads on Google Play, and Vincenzo on Twitter asks a fair question: Does that count app updates? That's an easy answer, actually, but we'll go one further and explain exactly what...
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Optus adds carrier billing for Australian Google Play Store

Good news for folks in Australia using Optus as their carrier of choice, you can now turn on carrier billing for the Google Play Store. Following on from rival, Telstra, which added the service some time ago, after a one time setup Optus customers can now charge Google Play purchases to their...
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Google Play kicks off 'May the Fourth Be With You' Star Wars content sales

Free games, cheap books and half-off in-app purchases for a limited time "Star Wars Day" (May 4th), a popular pseudo-holiday among followers of the Star Wars franchise, has made its way into Google Play in the form of a sale on Star Wars content for Android devices. Directly named the "May the...
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Google expands Play Store Merchant accounts to 8 new countries

Google has just expanded the ability to collect money through Google Play to eight new countries, bringing the total to 45 around the world. Developers from Greece, Luxembourg, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam can now apply to have a Google Play Merchant account and...
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X-COM: Enemy Unknown now available on Google Play

Strategy gamers will be happy to hear that the highly acclaimed XCOM: Enemy Unknown, is now available on Android for $9.99. This title has seen a ton of critical success on PC and iOS already, and based on early reviews, looks like it's well-optimized for Android. An Amazon version's on the way...

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