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Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement Due Tomorrow

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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 Distribution Agreement (“DDA”). This is a friendly reminder that the acceptance due date is October 25th. In order to avoid any disruption in service, please sign in to the D

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Fix the New Google Play Store Permissions System Using Xposed

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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 presented to the user when updating apps if they fall into existing permission categories.

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Play Store Permissions Change Opens Door to Rogue Apps

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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 this happy facade, however, is a somewhat more sinister change. The permissions system in Android, which has protected users since Android hit consumer devices in 2008, was significantl. . . READ ON »

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

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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 if you’re an app or game developer.

The biggest addition is that Play Games now supports turn-based multiplayer. This allows game devs to use Play Services for asynchronous multiplayer supp. . . READ ON »

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Google Play Books Update Removes PDF Uploads

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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 your device. When the folks over at AndroidPolice did a teardown, they found that the following line of code was removed in the transition from 3.1.17 to 3.1.23:

<data android:host=”*” android:mimeType=”*/*”

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

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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 last.

Perhaps the most noticeable change in 4.5.10 relates to user reviews. The new version offers more a prominent placement of stars, encouraging users to rate applications. It also prompts you to rate certain applications in order to receive better reco. . . READ ON »

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

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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 Nexus S, Google has shown its distaste for external SD cards. While having an external storage expansion slot gives users a bit more flexibility when it comes to managing storage limitations, these card slots also add complexity to ca. . . READ ON »

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Google Play Store Now Highlights Chromecast Apps… All Seven

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Despite its flaws, the $35  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 the Apps section of the Play Store. Next to Games and Editor’s Choice, you will see a new Chromecast tab. However, most devices need to be tilted to landscape mode in order to see the option.

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Say Sayonara to the Play Store – Part 1

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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.

The first security issue with the Play Store is that of remote control. Imagine someone told you the following:

I am able to remotely install arbitrary software to your phone or tablet, which can make use of any permissions available to an app, without prompting you on your devic

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