GOOGLE PLAY STORE Posts on XDA

Google Play Store’s new Safety section will show you how apps use your data

In December 2020, Apple put into place a somewhat controversial requirement for app listings in its App Store: Privacy Labels. These privacy labels essentially provide a quick rundown of the data that the app collects or has access to, and further, what the app does with it. Google now wants to walk along a similar...

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 Play is cracking down on misleading app names and icons

Google has announced some important changes for developers who publish their apps in the Google Play Store, which are set to go into effect later this year. Once they are established, the search giant said it will crack down on apps that mislead users, either with their title or icon. One of the policy changes relates...

Google Play Store will crowdsource data on app installs to make the experience better for all

Back in 2018, Google introduced a new app publishing format called Android App Bundle, helping app developers significantly reduce the APK size and deliver features as and when they needed instead of bundling everything at once at installation time. To improve the app installation experience even further for end-users and reduce the time it takes...

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 Play Store’s new UI gets rid of the hamburger menu

It’s been a while since the Google Play Store received a significant UI revamp. The last major UI refresh came in 2019 when the app received a Material Theme redesign. Since then, barring some small tweaks, the app has been stuck with the same design. But Google is now rolling out a new UI that...

Aurora Store, an open source Play Store alternative, gets a major facelift in version 4

The Aurora Store, an unofficial Google Play Store client used by many custom ROM users, is getting a major update. This new update has been in development for a while now and brings a revamped UI, easier app discovery, new themes, and much more. We already got a sneak peek of the fresh design through...

Google is cutting Play Store fees in half for most developers

Google just announced a major change to its app store policy. This summer, Google is cutting its Play Store fees in half. In a blog post, Google says that it is "reducing the service fee Google Play receives when a developer sells digital goods or services to 15% for the first $1M (USD) of revenue every...

[Update: Rejected] Proposed North Dakotan bill aims to dismantle Apple and Google’s app store and payment monopolies

This might just be the year that Apple's walled garden ecosystem gets some doors, windows, and a breath of fresh air. A bill proposed in the North Dakota Senate in the USA seeks to ban digital stores like the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store from exercising a distribution monopoly and force third-party...

Popular Barcode Scanner app caught infecting Android smartphones

A popular barcode scanner app with over 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store has been caught infecting Android devices with malware. The app, simply dubbed Barcode Scanner, has since been removed from the Play Store, but it likely still remains there on many of the infected devices. As the name implies, the Barcode Scanner...