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Google Play system update for June 2022 includes new Play Pass features, app discovery, and more

Another month is in the books, which means it's time for a new set of "Google Play System" updates. While this month's Android security bulletin is yet to go live, Google has already disclosed new features and improvements coming in the June 2022 Play system update. These include everything from Google Play Services, the Play...

Play Store app listings start showing a new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section

Google is reportedly rolling out a new 'Compatibility for your active devices' section on app listings on the Play Store, which highlights whether an app is compatible with your active devices or not. This new section is currently available for a handful of users running version 30.6.16-21 of the Play Store app. According to 9to5Google, the new...

Google Calculator 8.2 brings updated UI for larger devices

It's no secret that Android's tablet experiences isn't the best when it comes to app support. While there is a vast library of Android apps that users can take advantage of, the optimization for larger devices hasn't always the best. Fortunately, it looks like one of Google's own apps, Calculator, has received an update, offering...

Google Play Store rolls out a11y tags to make it easier to find accessibility apps

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google announced several new accessibility features, including alt-text support in Gmail and native support for braille displays in Android. In its push to make Android more accessible, Google is also making it easier to search for accessibility apps in the Google Play Store. Google has started tagging accessible apps in the...

Latest Google Play system update expands Android 13’s Photo Picker to older Android versions

Google released the Google Play system update for May 2022 earlier this month. Google’s initial changelog mentioned that the new update brings features like Self Share for Nearby Share and improvements to Play Store. But it seems there’s a lot more exciting stuff in the latest update than Google originally disclosed. Google has updated the Play...

You can no longer purchase digital content through Amazon’s Android app

In a bid to avoid paying Google a 30% commission on all digital content purchases, Amazon has removed the ability to purchase e-books and other digital content from its shopping app on Android. Although users will still be able to download and stream content they own through the app, new purchases will only be possible...

Google Play System Update for May 2022 brings several Play Store improvements, Self Share for Nearby Share, and more

Google has updated its Google Play System Update support page to highlight all the changes in the May 2022 release. The latest update brings a host of bug fixes and improvements, including new features to help you discover new apps and games on the Play Store and enhancements to the Play Store billing system. In...

Epic Games starts another fight with Google, this time over Bandcamp

Epic Games has spent the past few years in lawsuits and appeals with Apple and Google, after the company tried to work around the revenue cuts that the App Store and Google Play Store take from in-app purchases. The ongoing legal action has primarily been about Fortnite, which is still absent from both stores, but...

Google blocked 1.2 million privacy-violating apps from the Play Store in 2021

In a bid to provide Android users a safer experience on the Play Store, Google made a ton of changes over the last year. The company has highlighted some of these changes in a recent blog post and explained how they protect users from malicious apps and developers on the Play Store. According to Steve Kafka...

Google Play Store’s Safety section begins rolling out to users, summarizing how apps use your data

Nearly a year ago, Google announced a new Safety section with the intent of improving transparency in how apps collect and process data, following in the footsteps of Apple and the Privacy Labels on the App Store. This new Safety section essentially provides an overview of what data an app collects or shares, if that...

Google preps Android Desktop images for developers ahead of Google Play Games on Windows

Back in December, Google confirmed that it was working on an official way to play Android games on Windows PCs. We saw a limited beta testing program for the new Google Play Games desktop application drop in January, and a more public PC beta began to roll out in Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong...

Google Play Store will soon prevent you from downloading outdated apps

Apple has repeatedly purged apps from the App Store that aren't built for the latest iPhone models or newer versions of iOS, which is usually beneficial for the overall software experience but has made the preservation of old apps and games much more difficult. Google has been hesitant to make the same moves with the...