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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Whole bevy of official Nexus 5 cases also available in Google Play

Stylish (and expensive) ways to protect your new Nexus 5 Along with the announcement of the Nexus 5 on Google Play, Google is rolling out an assortment of different cases for the phone. There's both a "bumper" case available for $34.99 (£24.99 in the U.K.) and "QuickCover" for $49.99 (£34.99)....
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Get your gaming fix during Google Play's Spooky Savings sale

Google is getting in the Halloween spirit, and they've got a page full of games with special Halloween promotions to celebrate. Titled "Spooky Savings", here's a list of what's available: Hotel Transylvania Dash — Play the first levels free, save 65% and unlock the full game for 99-cents...
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Google Play TV shows now available in Japan

TV shows from Google expands to only the third global location with Japanese availability The slow, slow rollout of Google Play TV Shows continues, with the addition of Japan as just the third country in which the content is available. Having been a U.S. exclusive for so long, British customers...
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Twitter updated with inline photo and video previews

Inline previews and new, easier ways to reply, retweet and favorite The official Twitter app for Android has been updated with a feature that's long been popular in third-party clients, inline previews for photos and videos. The feature, enabled by default but toggleable in the settings menu,...
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New version of Google Play Store app pushing out, brings pull-out menu and little else

No secret KitKat changes came with today's Google Play store update You may have noticed a new look in your Google Play app this evening, as the 4.4 update is rolling out to users. There's not a lot to talk about with changes, because the only thing we're able to see different is the new...
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Chromecast Android app now available internationally

But the device itself is still U.S.-only Good news for anyone outside the U.S. who's managed to import a Chromecast into their country. We're hearing reports that the accompanying Android app can now be downloaded through Google Play by international users, and we've confirmed that that's the...
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Google Play Music updated with 'I'm feeling lucky radio'

New icons for pinned music also in latest version There's a new version of Google Play Music rolling out today, bringing with it a couple of interesting new features. The first is plain to see at the top of the Listen Now and Radio sections, named "I'm feeling lucky radio," in an homage to...
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Google Play changes coming Nov 21, will focus on tablet apps

Apps designed for tablets will be more visible from your tablet come November 21 Google has announced that some changes are coming to Google Play on November 21, and that the tablet app section will take front and center. With all new tablet sales being 50 percent Android, Google wants to expand...
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Google Play Music and All Access streaming makes its way to Mexico

30 day free trial with promotional pricing available until Nov. 11 Following up on a wide European expansion last week, Google is opening up Play Music and All Access streaming to Mexico starting today. The free component of Google Play Music has the same 20,000 user-uploaded song limit as in...
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Google Play Games adding new developer features

  New statistics, service alerts and increased storage for games The Google Play Games app has only been available for a few months now, but Google is expanding the developer tools related to the service starting today. First up are game services statistics in the developer console, which will...
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Google Play adds Game of Thrones, True Blood and other HBO programming

Even more HBO movies, TV series and documentaries coming in the future Google Play has added several HBO programs to its library, filling one of the larger gaps in its offerings up to this point. Starting today, you can purchase individual episodes or entire seasons of the most popular HBO shows...
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Google Play experiencing issues for most everyone

It's not just you. Users everywhere, including us here at AC, are running into issues downloading and installing apps from Google Play. The problems vary from the crazy 927 error, to the Play Store not responding, to no visual cue but nothing will download. We expect that Google will have things...
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Google Play Music All Access comes to several new countries

19 countries now have access to Google's new subscription music service Google has just expanded its All Access music streaming service to several new countries, primarily across Europe. Building on the first European expansion that brought the service to nine countries in total, seven more...
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Google bringing NFC-enabled app vending machines to Japan

A new and entirely unnecessary way to buy games for your Android phone Japan is known for its crazy vending machines, and Google is hoping to cross the line from physical to digital goods in these machines with new Google Play units. In a bit of a curious idea, Google is installing large...

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