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Google’s latest Play Store UI test makes it harder to check for updates

Google Play Store received a major UI revamp last month that saw the app store getting rid of the hamburger menu, adding a redesigned Settings page, and bringing several some other UI tweaks. But it turns out there’s more to this revamp. Google appears to be testing a redesigned My apps menu that will replace...

Google still struggles with transparency over Play Store app removals [Update: App Temp. Reinstated]

Android as an OS has been around for over a decade now and compared to iOS, it does offer a lot more freedom. However, Google maintains dominance over app distribution on the Android platform. Even if Android is open to third-party app stores and sideloading, we can't trivialize Google's hold over the smartphone ecosystem built...

Google Play is suspending free trials in India following new RBI regulations

At the end of March, the Reserve Bank of India, India's central bank and financial regulatory authority, announced new rules on recurring transactions. In response, Google is informing developers of temporary changes for Google Play users in India. The RBI's new eMandate notification "calls for an additional layer of authentication for recurring transactions via credit cards,...

Google I/O 2021 schedule goes live: Here’s what to look out for

Earlier this month, Google announced when its highly-anticipated developer conference will take place. Google I/O 2021 kicks off on May 18th and lasts through May 20th, and it'll be a virtual event that's free for anyone to attend. Today, Google published the full schedule for the event, giving us an overview of what sessions will...

Google highlights how it kept the Play Store safe from misinformation in 2020

While there are many valid complaints about how Google moderates the Play Store, there are also equally valid complaints about how Google doesn't go far enough. With how many apps have already been published on the app store and how many new apps continue to be published each year, it's no surprise to see Google...

Google is restricting which apps can see the other installed apps on your device

Google is making some new changes to the Developer Program Policy that will make it harder for apps to see what other apps are installed on your Android device. Google says it regards the full list of installed apps on a user’s device to be personal and sensitive information, and as such, will limit which...

Android app devs can now set sub-dollar prices in 20 new countries

Google has announced that Android developers can set sub-dollar pricing in 20 new markets across the globe, including Latin America, EMEA, and APAC. The search giant previously supported sub-dollar pricing in markets such as India and Brazil. By lowering the minimum price limit, developers can set prices in the range of 10-30 cents U.S. equivalent in...

Google publishes guidelines on how to build a high-quality Android app

To help Android developers build quality applications, Google has set up a new app quality section on the Android Developers website. This new section will serve as a resource page for all the best practices and current trends for building high-quality apps. The page contains updated app quality checklists for Visual Experience, Functionality, Performance & Stability,...

Google Play is lifting its ban on gambling and betting apps in some countries

The Google Play Store has strict policies against hosting gambling and betting apps in most countries. The platform currently only hosts such apps in Brazil, Ireland, France, and the UK. However, starting from March this year, Google is introducing a policy change that will allow gambling and betting apps in more countries. According to a recent...

Google’s Nearby Share will soon let you share your Android apps with your peers

With Nearby Share, you can seamlessly share links, photos, and more with other Android users. It’s a great alternative to Apple’s AirDrop, and it’s getting even better with a new update. Google has announced that Nearby Share will soon be able to share apps from Google Play with other Android users — even without a WiFi...

Here are the winners of Google’s Best of Play awards for 2020

Google may not be doing a YouTube Rewind, which is understandable considering the year that we just had. But that doesn’t mean Google is completely forgoing its end-of-year customs, with the company announcing the winners of its Google Play Best of Awards. The awards celebrate the year’s most loved and trending apps, games, movies, and books....

[Update: Extended deadline for India] Google clarifies In-App Billing requirements, says using third-party app stores will be easier in Android 12

Last week, we learned that Google was preparing to update its Play Store guidelines with new language that clarifies the requirements around the use of the Google Play In-app Billing service for in-app purchases. The report suggested that Google wanted to crack down on apps that offered in-app payments without using Google's payment service, which...