GOOGLE PLAY STORE Posts on XDA

Developers can now submit the Data safety form for the Play Store’s upcoming Safety section

Google has been working on a new Safety section for the Play Store. The company first announced the new section in May and revealed that it would provide users with valuable information about how apps use their data. A few months down the line, Google detailed the info it required app developers to disclose in...

Google Play Store gets Material You dynamic colors on Android 12

Soon after showcasing its new Material You design language at I/O 2021, Google started rolling out design changes to its apps based on the new guidelines. With the Android 12 stable release for Google Pixels right around the corner, the company has significantly ramped up its Material You rollout. We've seen Material You updates recently for...

Google takes action against developer that used sexually explicit ads to promote their game

With millions of apps to oversee on the Play Store, Google faces an uphill battle as it tries to police what goes on in its app store. Of course, it's Google's responsibility to ensure the Play Store is free of spam and malicious apps, so people aren't interested in hearing an excuse when a highly-ranked...

Google Play Services now lets you delete your advertising ID when you opt out of ad personalization

Google Play Services generates an advertising ID for all users who opt-in for ad personalization. This ID not only helps Google push relevant ads to users, but it also comes in handy for analytics and fraud prevention. When you turn off ad personalization on your account, Google stops using your advertising ID to push personalized...

South Korea will force Google and Apple to accept alternative payment options

Governments around the world are scrutinizing how Google and Apple do business, thanks to outcry from developers both big and small. The arguments against Google and Apple are generally the same: They hold a monopoly on app distribution and payment options on their respective platforms, charge supracompetitive fees to developers, and unfairly restrict alternative app...

Google is going to make Play Store ratings more useful for users and developers

Ratings and reviews on the Google Play Store are a great way to show satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) when it comes to apps. It can be a great way to either thank a developer for a feature or even just leave genuine feedback -- especially if there are any problems with the app. However, reviews aren't...

Epic Games lawsuit shows how far Google will go to maintain its Play Store dominance

Epic Games has been trying to force Apple and Google into loosening their grips on their respective app stores. We've seen Epic Games join the Coalition for App Fairness non-profit, and we've seen them lobby for a North Dakotan bill that tried to dismantle Apple and Google’s app store and payment monopolies. That bill failed,...

Google is trying to limit what apps can use an Accessibility Service (again)

Android offers an Accessibility Service API that exposes certain system events to apps. The API is incredibly powerful, as it lets apps listen for events such as when a user clicks on a link, views a window, and much more. As its name suggests, the API is only meant for apps that solve an accessibility...

Google Play will crack down on inactive developer accounts

Google has updated its Google Play policies for Android developers publishing apps on the Google Play Store. Developers and publishers must abide by these policies for their apps to be allowed on the Play Store. Several new policies are being introduced with this update, and one of them revolves around dormant accounts. With this new policy,...

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 details what info app developers should disclose in the Play Store’s upcoming safety section

In May this year, Google announced that it would add a new safety section in the Play Store to provide users with greater transparency about how apps use their data. At the time, the company had revealed that it would detail a new policy for the feature in Q3 2021, which would highlight what info...

Google Play is getting a redesign on Wear OS and a new remote install method

Google is making it easier than ever to install new apps onto your Wear OS smartwatch, as announced earlier this year at the company's I/O developer conference. The company recently started to roll out a new Play Store design on Wear OS watches that adds a much cleaner design to match the upcoming Wear OS...