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Updating your apps through Google Play

Keeping your apps up-to-date Now that you have some great apps installed on your Android — whether you have just a few or have went wild and installed all the apps — you'll want to keep them all up to date. Apps get updated for different reasons. Sometimes developers offer new features or a...
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Check this Play Store setting before you do anything else

App shortcuts are great, but can quickly overwhelm your homescreens There are a few important settings in the Google Play Store app on your phone or tablet. Settings that keep the kids (or yourself) from making random in-app purchases, or content filtering for folks who want to sort mature-...
Series premieres for Better Call Saul and Game of Thrones free on Google Play

Series premieres for Better Call Saul and Game of Thrones free on Google Play

The series premieres for two of the most-talked-about shows right now are currently free on Google Play. Those shows would be Better Call Saul, which premiered just this month on AMC, and Game of Thrones, whose fifth season premiere is due out in April. The first episodes of each — Uno for Saul...
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Using your Google Play wishlist

The wishlist is a great place to stash things for later, but that's about it Google Play's wishlist is something of an oddity. You can't share your wishlist. People cannot buy you things off your wishlist. Because of this, most users seem to think the wishlist in Google Play is useless, but they...
Sharing apps

Sharing app links on Google+

Sharing app links is easy — especially via Google+ Apps in Google Play are plentiful, and when you get right down to it, finding good apps can sometimes be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, or a diamond in the rough. And diamonds are awesome, so you should share them with your friends...
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Managing your apps through Google Play

Take control of your 'My apps' list before it takes control of you Most of us like to use plenty of apps on our Androids. That means we're always trying new ones, some of which we like enough to keep, but others get uninstalled. That happens when you have so many to choose from, and over...
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Keeping your spending in check with Google Play credit

Taking away your IAP keys Google Play wants you to use a credit card for all of your purchases. And while that makes perfect sense, it's not always practical, especially on accounts used or controlled by your kids. And to that end, Google Play has a simple system you can use to rein in their...
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Here's what's up with the Google Play Store being blocked in Firefox mobile

There's been a bit of consternation this morning at Hacker News when folks discovered that the Google Play Store was being blocked from the mobile view in the Firefox browser for Android. Switch to the desktop view, however, and everything worked fine. So ... Conspiracy? Not so much. If you...
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How to use a Google Play gift card

Google Play not only is the largest app store in the world but also a music subscription service, a bookstore, and a video store. Google Play gift card make an excellent gift (hence the name), but that's not the limit of their use. Since Google restricts underage users from Google Wallet, Google...
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Ask AC: Can I install Android apps on more than one device?

Have all your apps, everywhere We get questions, and often they are from users new to Android or from folks with their first smartphone. One question we get a lot is about installing an app from Google Play on more than one Android device. People want to use the same app they paid for on their...
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Changing payment methods on the fly in Google Play

Once you've set up your payments in Google Play, buying apps, games and music can be a breeze, but what happens when you want to use something else to pay for an app? Maybe you're saving your Google Play credit up for a movie. Maybe you don't want your partner to get upset when they see your bill...
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Android 101: Getting Started with Google Play

The Google Play Store probably is your best bet for finding the apps you need So, you've got your Google Account, and now you want to dive into the rest of the Google Play Store. Well, there's a small trick to that. See, you can go into the Play Store and use it for movies, music and books...
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How to find the apps you're looking for in Google Play

Great apps are easy to find — if you know how to look Google Play has more than 1.43 million apps in its app section, and while bigger numbers are great for bragging rights, finding the apps you actually want in that haystack can get a little daunting. On one hand, it's a good problem to...
To Kill an Mockingbird on Google Play

'To Kill a Mockingbird' on sale in Google Play as surprise sequel is announced

Bibliophiles are understandably going a bit nuts today as publisher HarperCollins announced that a new novel by Harper Lee — Go Set a Watchman — is to be published on July 14. Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is largely considered to be one of the best novels ever written. But until today it was...
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Google 101: Setting up a new Google Account

Google Play, Chromebooks, Gmail ... all these wonderful services start with (and require) a Google Account. And whether you're setting up a professional account to help field headhunters and job offers, or finally offloading one of your tweens to their own account, setting up a Google account...
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Ultimate Guide to Google Play

How to get the most out of the Google Play Store Google Play is the cornerstone of Google's ecosystem of content and becoming a critical part of Android. It reaches almost all of Android and through Play Services is capable of fixing many of Android's problems. Google Play also is a content...
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Google Play drives growth in 'other revenues' section of Google business to $1.95 billion

Google released its Q4 2014 earnings today, showing strong numbers all around, but on the earnings call we also got word on the strength of Google Play. Google CFO Patrick Pichette said today on the call that Google's "other revenues" segment grew by 19 percent year-over-year (6 percent quarter-...
Kickstart your heart with Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits, free on Google Play

Kickstart your heart with Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits, free on Google Play

If you're finding that you could use a little injection from Dr. Feelgood tonight, Google Play has your back. Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits album is now free on Google's online music store. There's no telling how long this deal will last. So, if you feel like shouting at the devil while you're...
Galavant music on Google Play Music

Music from 'Galavant' is hitting Google Play Music All Access weekly

If Arthurian-ish musical comedies are your thing, and lets be honest they probably should be, you had better be watching Galavant. If you're anything like me, however, just watching the episodes isn't enough. The four week musical treat that has taken up residence on Sunday nights over at ABC can...
The Interview

The Interview has become 2014's top selling movie on Google Play and YouTube

Less than a week after Sony's much-talked about movie The Interview became available to purchase or rent on the Google Play Store and YouTube, Google has now confirmed that the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy has become the top selling movie of 2014 for both sites. A Google spokesperson did not...

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