GOOGLE PLAY STORE Posts on XDA

Google to update Play Store guidelines to make it harder to bypass the 30% fee

Google will reportedly get stricter with developers over in-app purchases, according to Bloomberg. The move is set to be announced next week and will surely upset some developers who have previously circumvented Google’s rules. Bloomberg’s report claims Google will issue updated guidelines that will clarify a requirement for apps to use Google Play In-app Billing service...

Spotify, Epic Games, and others join “Coalition for App Fairness” non-profit to oppose Apple and Google

The mobile software ecosystem is dominated by two big names: Apple and Google, both of whom control their respective app stores. This control has come under scrutiny, largely thanks to the recent attempt by Epic Games to bypass the app store fees with a direct payment option on its popular game, Fortnite. This was promptly...

OnePlus Messages app lands on the Google Play Store and adds a copy button for OTPs

In a bid to push stock app updates faster, OnePlus has previously released several of its OxygenOS stock apps on the Google Play Store. The company recently released the OnePlus Weather and OnePlus Notes apps to the Google Play Store, which gave users a chance to experience the new OxygenOS 11 design on devices running...

[Update 2: Google’s statement] Paytm removed from Google Play Store for policy violations, likely due to its fantasy gaming platform

Back before Google Tez had not made its debut in India, one of the most dominant platforms for online payments in the country was Paytm. Paytm made its debut in India in 2010 as a platform allowing users to recharge their phone connections, and it later expanded into more payment avenues such as DTH, landline,...

Google adds a Premium gaming section on the Play Store for Chromebooks

Chromebooks are incredibly popular in education and professional settings. They’re also becoming increasingly popular for gaming, according to Google, and the search giant hopes to capitalize on this trend by highlighting high-quality gaming options on Chrome OS. Starting today, the Google Play Store on Chrome OS will show a premium gaming section that contains Android games...

Google Play Store prepares to add peer-to-peer app sharing

Earlier this year in April, Google started testing a redesign for the "My Apps & games" section in the Play Store. The redesign removed the "Installed" and "Library" tabs in the section, for a cleaner look with just two tabs — "Updates" and "Beta." However, shortly after we published a report about the redesign, a...

[Update: Apple restrained] Epic alleges Apple is threatening to cut off iOS support from Unreal Engine, while Microsoft endorses Epic’s motion

Epic recently decided to challenge the distribution monopolies of both Apple and Google when it recently incorporated its own direct payment system into the popular game Fortnite. This brazen challenge was bound to have repercussions, and Epic was all prepared for it. Both Apple and Google promptly removed Fortnite from the App Store and Play...

[Update 4: Epic Sues Google] Fortnite bypasses Google Play, Apple App Store fees with direct payments

Epic Games on Thursday announced the Fortnite Mega Drop, a permanent discount on V-bucks and other purchases of up to 20% off. The developer said these changes are permanent and available on every platform where you can download Fortnite. The bigger news, however, is the fact that Epic Games has introduced direct payments on mobile. The...

Google’s new In-App Review API lets developers ask for Play Store reviews without leaving the app

In an APK teardown of the Play Store app (v15.9.21) late last year, we learned that Google was working on a way to let users review Play Store apps through an in-app dialog. This new feature will help users rate an app without the need to head over to the app's Play Store listing. Google...

New European regulation could force Apple and Google to be fairer to app developers

Google and Apple are known for keeping a tight leash on what gets published on their respective app stores. However, at times, the companies have been found guilty of removing apps/games from their platforms without offering developers a clear reason behind the app's removal. A new EU regulation aims to address this issue and promote a...

Google Play Pass expands to 9 new countries and adds a $30/year subscription option

Google launched Play Pass in September of 2019 as a subscription service for apps and games without ads or in-app purchases. While the service has slowly gained more apps, it's been exclusive to the U.S. this whole time. Finally, Google Play Pass is expanding to new countries and it's also getting a yearly subscription option. First,...

Google Play Store now lets Europeans see content from other EEA countries

Google restricts the availability of apps and other Google Play content by location. To bypass these geo-restrictions on Google Play Store content, users have tried different methods like VPN services, locations spoofers, market enablers, or even modified versions of the Google Play Store. But these efforts have usually yielded only limited success since these restrictions...