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Android 101: Keep your apps up to date

Those apps aren't going to update themselves ... by default, that is One of the best parts about owning a smart phone is the limitless possibilities of installing apps that can do so much more than the phone can out of the box. The unfortunate downside is trying to keep up with the seemingly...
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Facebook introduces Android app beta testing via Google Groups

Proper beta testing with a feedback network to help squash bugs and improve performance Facebook has had a rocky past of questionable app quality and a couple instances of side-stepping Play Store guidelines for updates, but the social network is hoping to correct some of those issues today by...
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Google to continue letting Argentine developers sell apps in Google Play ... for now

Developers can still sell and receive payment through Google Play, but a permanent solution isn't yet available Backtracking on its previous statement that it would stop allowing developers in Argentina sell paid apps in Google Play, Google is extending the deadline to an undetermined date in...
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Google Play Books, separate 'Games' section now available in Ireland

Two new categories arrive in the Play Store for Irish users Google Play users in Ireland should now have access to both the Play Books store as well as a separate "Games" section on their devices starting today. As pointed out to us by one of our eagle-eyed readers, the Play Store in Ireland now...
Google Play for Education

Google now accepting 'Google Play for Education' app submissions

Third-party group of educators to review each educational app submitted Google announced on its Android Developers Blog that it is now accepting submissions for its Google Play for Education platform, which will bring education- and age-appropriate apps to schools. The system, which was...
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Password protect your Google Play app to prevent unwanted purchases

Money doesn't grow on trees. Take a few steps to password protect your Google Play purchases. When it comes to things that cost real money, people tend to become a little more cautious. Nobody wants their child or kid brother accidentally buying a bunch of apps or in-app purchases from Google...
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Google promoting Google Play Music when connecting to Starbucks free Wifi

Logging into free Wifi at Starbucks? Now you'll be shown a free trial offer for Google Play Music All Access Starting this week, Starbucks and Google have partnered up to offer customers that connect to its free Wifi promotional deals to check out content from Google Play. For some time now...
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This week's sidebar poll: Does Google Play have all the apps you want?

Does Google Play cover all your wants and needs in the app department, or are you left wanting? Tell us in this week's poll Kevin, Phil and the gang have been talking apps and app stores all week in Talk Mobile. They're sharing some pretty deep insight into the way apps, and the buying and...
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Testing Google Play Music's new streaming quality settings

New Play Music settings could cut your streaming data usage in half The launch of Google Play Music All Access last month reminded many of us just how much data the app uses for streaming and caching. There were a few things you could do to try and limit your usage, but in the end Google was...
Google Keyboard

Google Keyboard now available directly from Google Play

The stock 'Nexus' keyboard app, complete with gesture typing, is now available to all Android users through the Google Play Store Google continues the movement of its core Android apps onto the Google Play app marketplace with today's standalone launch of Google Keyboard. That's the new name for...
White Nexus 4

White Nexus 4 now available in the U.S.

White color variant launches on Google Play and T-Mobile U.S. After launching in Hong Kong earlier this week, the white LG Nexus 4 has made its Western debut today in the United States. The phone is available right now from the Google Play Store, priced $299 for 8GB and $349 for 16GB, same as...
Sky apps after hack

Sky apps back on Google Play following account hack

Full complement of Sky Android apps available once again after recent hack by Syrian Electronic Army A quick heads-up for Sky subscribers in the UK -- the satellite broadcaster's range of Android apps has returned to the Play Store today following its Google Play account being hacked. The hack ...
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Google Play no longer able to pay Argentine Android devs

Google to stop accepting payments for Argentine developers from June 27, apps to be pulled from July 27. Android developers based in Argentina have received notice from Google that it'll no longer be able to accept payments for them from June 27. A letter from Google to devs, obtained by South...
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'Google Edition' HTC One coming soon with vanilla Android

The rumors are true — HTC and Google will collaborate on a 'Nexus user experience' version of the HTC One Ever since the Samsung Galaxy S4 “Google Edition” announcement at Google I/O last week, rumors have been circulating that HTC might follow suit with a vanilla version of its own flagship...
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Google Play Magazines app updated with new UI

New 'Holo light' UI brings Magazines in line with latest Play Music and Play Store apps Google has updated the Play Magazines app for Android to verison 2.0, bringing a new, lighter user interface. The new version of the app draws inspiration from the recent updates to Google Play Music and the...
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Google Play Store getting 'designed for tablets' category in top charts

Android tablets are growing in popularity, and Google recognizes this and is setting out to make great tablet apps more visible in the Play Store. Starting today, there will be a new "designed for tablets" section in each of the top charts tabs in the Play Store when accessed from an Android...
Hugo Barra

Google Play has now passed 48 billion app installs

Hugo Barra just took to the stage in San Francisco at Google I/O 2013, and the first thing he talked about was some extremely impressive statistics for Google Play.  Google Play has now seen an astonishing total of 48 billion app installs, with 2.5 billion installs in just the last month alone.  ...
TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio now lets you buy music you hear from Google Play

Direct links to the Play Store make music buying easier TuneIn Radio has just released an update to its streaming radio service that lets users quickly find and purchase the music they're listening to in Google Play. The app has simply added a Google Play icon to the action bar between the share...
Android Central App Review

All developers can now reply to Google Play reviews

The early pilot program expands to let all developers respond to issues directly and i​n public Google is working to make the Play Store reviews system a little more constructive today by expanding the ability to respond to reviews to any developer, rather than just a small testing group....
the head and the heart

The Head and the Heart - a rising band available on Google Play

I’m a huge music fan and I tend to enjoy all genres. If you’re not fond of much of the music today that is too often full of auto-tune and artificial sound, I have a recommendation for you. The Head and the Heart is a band that originated in Seattle and boasts many different styles, specifically...

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