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Google+ 4.6 Update Brings Additional Material Design Flair

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Just yesterday, we talked about a rather significant update to the Google Play Newsstand app. Perhaps the most noticeable change in yesterday’s update wasn’t exactly a new feature, but rather a nearly complete Material Design UI overhaul. Today, Google is rolling out an update to the Google+ app to bring even more Material Design flair to the already Material-compliant app.

While quite a few first party Google applications have now received the Material Design goodness, many of you will undoubtedly recall that one of the first apps to receive a makeover was Google+. In fact, the Google+ app actually received its current overall UI style well before Android L and Material Design w. . . READ ON »

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Google Play Newsstand 3.3 Brings Material Design Makeover

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In a clear break from the previous practice of delivering nearly weekly Google Update Wednesdays, it’s been quite a while since we see a significant update to one of Google’s core Android apps. While today’s not Wednesday, Google has detailed a rather large overhaul to one of its most popular news content consumption apps, Google Play Newsstand.

Today’s update brings Google Play Newsstand up to version 3.3. And chief among the changes found in the latest version, is a complete UI overhaul that brings many elements of Material Design to the app. This is mainly seen as part of the new magazine reading experience, which brings bigger images, more contextual headers, and smoother . . . READ ON »

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Google Play Store to Show Price Ranges for In-App Purchases

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Google recently announced a change to Google Play Store policy that requires developers to provide a physical address if they want to sell their applications in Play Store. This change was pretty significant for the app developer community, but it’s not the only interesting modification that Google has in store for us. Another big change is waiting right around the corner, as Google decided to put information about in-app purchase prices on the application installation screen. Users will now see how much they will eventually have to pay to get the full application functionality.

Freemium applications and games are very popular–and that’s not just here on the XDA forums. Most . . . READ ON »

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Paid Android App Developers Will Soon Have to Provide Physical Address

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Google has now changed its policies regarding paid app developers. Every developer who opened the developer console today was greeted with a message stating that a physical address must be added in account settings. The change will influence primarily developers who distribute paid apps or allow in-app-purchases.

Developers were shown the following message stating the required changes:

Add a physical contact address Beginning September 30, 2014, you need to add a physical address to your Settings page. After you’ve added an address, it will be available on your app’s detail page to all users on Google Play. If your physical address changes, make sure to update your information on your Sett

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Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Nearly 25%, 2.x Down to 12%

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As we’ve by now become accustomed, the beginning of the month marks when Google updates its Android Developer Dashboard website with updated Platform Distribution Stats. These numbers, which show the current state of Android ecosystem fragmentation both in terms of version/API adoption and graphics capabilities, become an incredibly valuable resource for Android application developers looking to better target their development efforts.

When we took a look at the Android Platform Stats back in August, we were pleased to see that KitKat was finally over 20% market share. Android 4.4.x KitKat was up to 20.9% from 17.9% the month before, resulting in a 16.8% relative growth. Just like what we&. . . READ ON »

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Hangouts 2.3 Brings Free Voice Calls and a Refreshed UI

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When Google launched Hangouts last year, it was marketed as a messaging and a video calling service, which allowed you to quickly send a message anywhere in the world or start a group video call at no cost. The service caught on quickly, complemented by its ease of use and the growth of Google+. And since then, it has accumulated a large user base as it stands. Over time, it went on to integrate SMS functionality as well, a step closer to the unification of all of the company’s communication services.

Earlier today, Google announced Hangouts v2.3, which takes the service even closer to the goal of unification by integrating free voice calls. The calls work over the Internet using VoIP, and will be avail. . . READ ON »

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Samsung vs Google: A New War in Mobile?

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It appears that the long standing marriage between Samsung and Google may be coming to an end. According to Forbes, the Galaxy line creators will allow its users to download a beta version of Nokia Here Maps in October 2014, when the rounded Samsung Galaxy Gear S hits store shelves, and this might be the beginning of the end for Google’s OS on Samsung devices.

Samsung is pushing hard to replace Android with Tizen, their own, Linux-based operating system, which is as much Google-free as only possible. The adoption of Here Maps is the cherry on top of this rather turbulent relationship. It’s obvious that the whole story between the two companies is about money. Google is pushing OEMs to use i. . . READ ON »

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[APK] Chrome 37 Brings Material Design Makeover, Camera Gets Minor Update

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Another Wednesday has come, and in most parts of the world gone. As is more often than not the case, the day was marked with a few Google first party Android app updates. Today’s updates come in the form of a massive visual makeover for Chrome (Stable), bringing it to major version parity with July’s Chrome Beta update, as well as a minor update for Google Camera.

Although today’s updates aren’t too numerous, they’re still certainly exciting. Starting off today’s updates, we have Chrome Stable 37.0.2062.117. Similar to the beta channel update we saw a little over a month ago, today’s update to Chrome (stable) 37 brings us the Material Design UI elements and feel . . . READ ON »

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[APK] Google News and Weather Gets Material Design Makeover, Minor Maps Updates

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Although Google has somewhat gotten out of the habit of their previously unrelenting Update Wednesday sessions, the middle of the week is still prime time for first party Android application updates. Today, we have been graced by not one, but two updates. And surprisingly, one of the two is for an app that hasn’t received a formal app update in… well… ever.

The first update, which actually started making its way out to devices yesterday afternoon, is for Google News and Weather. For those who don’t remember, this application has essentially remained unchanged ever since the Android 2.x days. Although over the years it received a minor color scheme update, its core funct. . . READ ON »

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