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Chromecast now works with Google Play Music, Movies & TV from the web

Google Cast Chrome extension still required Building on its recent expansion of supported apps, Chromecast will now interact with Google Play on the web for Music, Movies and TV shows. Similar to what we've seen happen in the new Youtube player, you'll now find a "Cast" button in the web...
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Google unveils its inaugural 'Players' Choice' app awards

Lists are inescapable this time of year, and Google today announced the winners of its "Players' Choice: Top Google Play Apps and Games" poll. The categories included "most addictive game," "best Google app" and "best franchise game," among others,  Some of the winners you likely know. Some might...
Nexus 7 and Chromecast

Buy a Nexus 7 and Chromecast from Google Play, get a $35 credit for content

Free shipping for both thrown in as a bonus Just in case you were looking for yet another reason to pick up a Nexus 7 and Chromecast, Google Play is running another deal on the devices. If you buy both at the same time, you'll be offered $35 in Google Play credit to spend on apps, books, movies...
Nexus 7 Folio

Nexus 7 Folio case hits Google Play for $49

New colors of Nexus 7 Sleeve, Nexus 7 Case now shipping as well Just when you thought two new devices and a white version of the Nexus 7 was enough Google Play news for one day, Google has just made available new Nexus 7 cases as well. The Folio case is designed for just the Nexus 7 (2013), and...
Google Play Gift Cards

Google Play gift cards headed to Japan in new denominations

¥1500 ($15) to ¥20,000 ($194) cards available Japan has joined the exclusive list of countries offering Google Play gift cards for sale. According to Google's support site, the cards will be available in ¥1500 ($15) , ¥3,000 ($29), ¥5,000 ($49), ¥10,000 ($97), ¥15,000 ($146) and ¥20,000 ($195)...
Google Play Music All Access

Google Play Music All Access launches in Germany

Free for 30 days, €7.99 promotional deal if you sign up by Jan. 15 Almost four months after it first reached parts of Europe, Google Play Music All Access is now live in one of the continent's largest markets. From today Google's music subscription service is available in Germany where, as with...
HBO on Google Play

HBO shows now available on Google Play in the UK

Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Girls and Veep available through Play Movies & TV Google Play's library of TV content continues to expand, with the arrival of five HBO shows for British audiences. Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Girls and Veep are now available...
Google Play Books sales

Google Play has 100 bestselling books up to 75% off

Bulk up your digital book library on the cheap Google Play is kicking off a big sale of books, putting over 100 bestselling titles on sale up to 75 percent off. Usually you expect to see lesser-known or old titles on sale at this time of year trying to capitalize on folks who are in the buying...
Nexus 7

Get $25 in Google Play credit when you buy a Nexus 7 from the Play Store

Google's making it easy to get a few apps or some media for your new Nexus 7 Google wants to make your holiday gift of a Nexus 7 a little bit better, as they are giving away $25 in Google Play credit with a new purchase from Google Play. Holiday Special: $25 Google Play credit and free...
Google Play Store

Play Store will now show tablet-designed apps by default on tablets

Another reason for developers to consider tablet designs for their apps Just as was previously announced, the Play Store is undergoing a few changes for those with tablets today. Although it has been an option for some time, when browsing app categories on a tablet you'll now be shown apps that...
Galaxy Note 3

Samsung offering U.S. Galaxy Note 3 owners $50 Google Play credit

If you've got a U.S. Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung's running a promotion until Jan. 6 that'll allow you to claim $50 of free Google Play credit. Simply hit up the promotion site, enter your details — including phone number, address, email and IMEI — and you'll be able to score $50 credit to use...
Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 now on sale in Hong Kong and India from Google Play [update]

Nexus 5 now available in 12 countries direct from Google Update: We now have an official price for the Nexus 5 in India, INR 28,999 (16GB) and INR 32,999 (32GB), and also have a better timeframe for the Nexus 5 launch in Saudi Arabia — LG is saying "early December" at this point, with pricing to...
What Matters

Share a picture of what matters and Google might give you a Nexus 7 or a $50 gift card

Google Play wants to see #whatmatters to you Google Play has fired up a neat little contest, and it just might be your chance to win a new 2013 Nexus 7 or a $50 Google Play gift card. What they want to see is a picture of the things that matter most to you, surrounding your favorite Android...
BB10 Google Play rumors

BlackBerry shoots down BB10/Google Play rumors

'No planned support' for Google's app platform on BB10, company says A recent round of rumors, sparked by images allegedly showing the Google Play Store running on a BlackBerry 10 handset, led to speculation that a deal may have been done to bring Google's app marketplace to BlackBerry devices....
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Google's App Translation Service now open for all developers to use

Service can cost as little as $75 per language for a small app Google is working to bring more of Google Play to countries with languages other than English, and launching its App Translation Service is a big step in the right direction. Announced back in May at Google I/O, the App Translation...
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Hangouts 2.0 now rolling out with SMS support

New version lets you use Google's IM app to send and receive texts As promised at last week's Google+ event, the new version of Hangouts capable of sending and receiving text messages is now rolling out through Google Play. The update to brings things up to speed with the version of Hangouts on...
Google Opinion Rewards

Google Opinion Rewards pays you in Play Store credit to take surveys

Answer a question, pay for that in-app purchase in Candy Crush The Google Opinion Rewards app has just launched in the Play Store, and it may be a good way to build up your Play Store credit balance. The idea isn't new — after you download the app, you'll occasionally be asked to answer a...
Google Text to Speech

Google Text-to-Speech now on Google Play, update rolling out

New version adds Korean support As part of Google's ongoing effort to spin off certain software features into Google Play for easier updating, the company has today launched the Google Text-to-Speech engine as a standalone app on the Play Store. The will push out automatically to those using an...
Kit Kat guide

KitKat Quick Start Guide available free in Google Play Books

For folks who need to know, and for those who can never read enough about KitKat In case you're looking for more information about Android 4.4, or to use it's more delicious name, KitKat, Google has you covered. The official Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide (53 pages) is available free from Google...
Google shipped

No, Google, thank you — Nexus 5 retail launch as smooth as you'd expect

Before we go any further today, we do need to mention just how smooth Thursday's launch of the Nexus 5 appeared to go from a retail standpoint. Google Play appeared to stand up to the nerd crush. Google Wallet — which in the past has been the bottleneck — handled the transactions as well as we...

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