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Jimmy McGee · Apr 21, 2015

Google Play Music Customizations – XDA Xposed Tuesday

If Cyanogen Inc. has its way, you won’t be forced into the Google services if you use Android. Until then, a lot of us are fully invested into the Google ecosystem. We listen to our music on Google Play Music. However, the Google Play Music app could benefit from some tweaks. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that adds some customization options into Google Play Music. XDA Senior Member Maxr1998 offers...

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Chris Gilliam · Apr 19, 2015

Find The Best Apps With Google’s Picks & Other Tricks

The Google Play Store, weighing in with more than 1.4 million apps at last count, is a vast expanse of quality content and APK duds alike. To put this into context, it would take the average user more than 8 days of continuous scrolling to make it through the whole list at two per second, let alone the added months to click through and check out screenshots, or years to separate the wheat from the chaff via thorough review. Blogs...

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GermainZ · Jan 13, 2015

Google Play Store Policies and Common Mistakes to Avoid

Google is known to accept apps directly without having them go through a review process. However, this does not mean there are no policies you should make sure you're following. Ignoring those policies is actually the best way to get a few warnings (along with your apps being taken down) and your entire account suspended eventually if you don't resolve the issues. If you're interested in publishing your app to Google Play, you'll want to review the policies first. If...

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Adam Outler · Oct 24, 2014

Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement Due Tomorrow

Every once in a while, Google updates the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement.  This agreement must be accepted by every developer within one month after changes are published, otherwise certain services may be suspended. The last change was published Septempber 25, 2014, which means tomorrow is the deadline. Here's a copy of the reminder email, which was sent out today to each Google Play Developer. Hello Google Play Developer, Our records have indicated that you have not yet accepted the updated Developer...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 15, 2014

Fix the New Google Play Store Permissions System Using Xposed

Just a few days ago, we talked about how recent changes to the Google Play Store permissions system potentially open the door to a world of new rogue applications. For those in need of a quick refresher, this all boils down to Android's entire permission system being collapsed into 13 categories. Users running the latest versions of the Play Store are by default only shown the applicable categories, rather than individual permissions themselves. And to make matters worse, permissions changes are not even...

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Pulser_G2 · Jun 10, 2014

Play Store Permissions Change Opens Door to Rogue Apps

XDA is normally about the latest and greatest. Whether we're talking about the latest firmware revision or device, most people in the Android tech community favor being on the bleeding edge. Sometimes, however, the latest isn't necessarily the greatest or the best way forward. As we recently covered here on the XDA Portal, Google released a new version of the Play Store, which among other things, allows the use of PayPal to purchase apps and simplifies the permissions interface shown to users. Under...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 9, 2014

Google Play Services 4.1 Brings Turn-Based Multiplayer, New Drive API, Improved Ads, and Better Google+ Integration

Google is in a seemingly never-ending battle against Android platform fragmentation. They've approached this problem in many ways, such as KitKat's focus on lower end devices and the decentralized update process for key developer APIs through Google Play Services. Now, Google has begun rolling out an update for its Play Services to version 4.1. This comes just a little over two months after the release of Play Services 4.0. Today's update brings a few new features that may be of importance...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 20, 2013

Google Play Books Update Removes PDF Uploads

You may remember that about a week ago, Google issued a major update to its Google Play Books app. In addition to bettering the note taking UI and increasing app performance, the 3.1.17 update also brought one long overdue and highly requested feature: PDF and EPUB uploads. Now, a new update to the Google Play Books app is rolling out, and unfortunately, it removes PDF to cloud uploads (for the time being). Curiously, though, EPUB uploads are still possible directly from...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 6, 2013

Play Store 4.5.10 Update Brings In-App Purchase Notices, Better Reviews, and G+ Integration

Not too long ago, the Google Play Store was given a major update to version 4.4.21. This previous update gave a rather significant UI overhaul to the Play Store, bringing the new slide-out navigation drawer as well as a few other tweaks. We also recently saw Google place tablet apps front and center in the Play Store. Now, Google is rolling out Play Store version 4.5.10, which brings another round of new features and UI revisions, albeit more subtle than the...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 5, 2013

Major Update to Google Play Music Brings SD Card Offline Media Storage Support

Today, Google released a rather significant update to its Google Play Music app for Android. The update brings a few usability improvements such as the ability to shuffle all songs by an artist in Play Music All Access and an easier method of sharing links to your favorite songs, artists, and albums. While important, these new features pale in comparison to the other new feature that this update brings: SD Card support for offline music storage. Ever since the arrival of the...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 28, 2013

Google Play Store Now Highlights Chromecast Apps… All Seven

Despite its flaws, the $35 Google Chromecast is a great little device for the price. While it has loads of untapped potential for those of you lucky enough to have root access, many of us are quick to forget about the device's default functionality. Google is now perhaps hoping to remind us of the device's functionality by highlighting Chromecast-enabled applications in the mobile Google Play Store app. Strangely, this option isn't very visible. To view it on your device, head over to...

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Pulser_G2 · Jun 4, 2013

Say Sayonara to the Play Store – Part 1

The Play Store As promised, the first in our series of "Say Sayonara to Google" articles is about the Play Store. Love it or loathe it, the Play Store is popular. It is so popular, in fact, that it is often berated for the poor quality of apps contained within. While Google is making strides to improve this via their Bouncer malware screening platform, at the end of the day, the Play Store is built on fairly shaky security grounds....

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jul 4, 2012

Access All Google Play Services from Anywhere in the World

With the recent announcement of the launch of TV shows and Magazines on Google Play, Google now offers a wide range of portable, cloud-based multimedia experience for its users including Apps, Games, Books, Music, Movies, TV shows, and Magazines. Unfortunately, access to everything beyond apps and games is limited to US-residents only. Since there does exist a world beyond the US (we have personally confirmed it, believe it or not), XDA Senior Member kishankpadiyar has shared with us a method to expand...

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Former Writer · Apr 15, 2012

Modified Google Play Store Removes Country Restrictions

One of the most irritating things about the Google Play Store, is trying to install an application, only to be thrown back by things like country restrictions. Granted, some apps wouldn't work in some countries anyway, but there's quite a few out there that have nothing to do with your geological location, which would work perfectly fine if downloaded. This is a problem that XDA Senior Member Deeco7 is looking to solve with a modified Google Play Store .APK which,...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 28, 2012

Samsung Users Bewildered By Random Russian E-Mail Application

A few days ago some users of certain Samsung Galaxy devices began to notice that within the pending updates in the Play Store (that name still feels wrong), was a strange app that they had not installed and the description of which was entirely in Russian. The application was entitled МТС Мобильная Почта, and has since been removed. What's more, users were unable to actually find this app on their device to uninstall it. Understandably those affected were somewhat concerned about...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 18, 2012

Google Drops the Ball and Leaves Developers Out of Pocket

It's undeniable that Android is blessed with a huge selection of high quality applications. “Fart Machines” and “Love Calculators” aside, there is a multitude of incredibly well developed apps out there. Developing is not easy, and the people that do this spend a huge amount of time pouring their heart and soul into these applications and understandably they often wish to charge a fee for their hard work. While some developers view their work as a hobby or secondary income,...

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Conan Troutman · Mar 7, 2012

Google Play – What Do the Changes Even Mean?

If you haven't already heard, big changes are coming to the Android Market. Well that's not strictly true, the changes have already been made, and it's no longer the Android Market. Google Play is upon us, and while you may not have noticed a change on your device yet, those of us who access Market through the web couldn't have failed to notice the rebranding. So let's take a look at what this means for the typical Android user. Does...

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