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Developers can now publish Android TV apps on Google Play store

Developers can now publish Android TV apps on Google Play store

Google announced that developers can now publish apps created for Android TV on the Play store. Additionally, Google also published some guidelines for developing apps for Android TV, which can be found on the Android Developer portal. If you've got a great app or game, Android TV and...
Google Play Movies & TV now available on Roku Players

Google Play Movies & TV now available on Roku Players

If you're a Roku owner who likes taking a dip into Google's ecosystem, there's a bit of good news today: Google Play Movies & TV is now available on Roku Players in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada. If you're new to Google Play, it's still worth checking out, as Google is currently...
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Google Play Books update to add new skimming and browsing features

Google will release a new update to its Google Play Books app later today that will offer users some new ways to quickly skim and browse inside ebooks, especially those of the nonfiction variety. Google states: Imagine you're cooking two recipes from the same cookbook— roast chicken and...
Moto 360 chargers now in stock on Google Play

Moto 360 chargers now in stock on Google Play

Google Play is following Best Buy in stocking spare Moto 360 Chargers. You can pick up the Qi wireless charger for a cool $39.99 from the Google Play store here. The price tag of this spare official charger is a bit hefty, so if you find yourself scrounging for change, there are cheaper...
Google Play rounds up 99 games for 99¢ each

Google Play rounds up 99 games for 99¢ each

If you're into playing games on the cheap, you're going to want to check out some of what's being offered right now on Google Play. Google has compiled up a nice list of 99 games which are available for only 99¢ each. It's hard to say whether or not any of them are really on sale but in any...
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New Google Play Store rolling out with flat icon, Material Design makeover

It's happening. The Google Play Store is picking up an update to version 5.0.31, crossing over the 5.0 border for the first time and bringing a pretty comprehensive redesign within Material Design guidelines. It all starts with a new "flatter" Play Store icon and continues throughout the app with...
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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...
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Google Play Books lands in four new countries

Google Play Books is now available in four more countries, expanding today to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine. Google Play users in these four countries can now browse, buy and read books downloaded from the Play Store on their phones and tablets, joining up a whole host of countries — 58...
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'...
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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...
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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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