GOOGLE PLAY STORE Posts on XDA

Updated Google Play developer policies include clarified restrictions for hate speech

Every few months, Google updates the Google Play Store policies to ensure that users are safe and to clarify the company's stance on certain types of content. We saw this a few months ago when Google banned monetization of the Android lock screen, which led to Amazon putting up their prices on Prime edition phones....

Google Removes the 100 Device Registration Limit from the Uncertified Device Page

Good news for the Android community today: Google has heard our concerns. When we first broke the news that Google would begin blocking Google Play uncertified devices from accessing Google apps and services, there was a lot of confusion about what this would mean for users. At first, it seemed like the webpage wasn't working...

Google Play nows offers 14 day refund window for purchased services if you’re in the EEA

There is a plethora of apps and services available in the Google Play Store. Some of the best apps require you to put some cold, hard cash down. Thankfully, the return window allows you to get your money back if you're not satisfied with your purchase. Google is making some changes to how these return...

How to Fix the “Device is not Certified by Google” Error

A few days ago, we reported that Google is starting to block uncertified Android devices from accessing Google Play apps and services. That means that any device that isn't certified by Google will no longer be able to download and use apps like Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play Music, Google Photos, and more. There's a...

Google Play Store now allows developers to set an internal test channel for 100 trusted users

Up until now, developers could either release apps directly to users on the Google Play Store, or test them via an alpha or beta channel. The alpha and beta channels allow users to test new versions of an app and report bugs before its official release. Now, Google has announced a new test channel on the...

Google Play Store v8.9 Hints at Publicly Viewable Edit History in Reviews, Exchanging App Updates with Nearby Devices, and More

Google Play Store v8.9 is rolling out to Android devices, and on the surface, there aren't any major changes. However, we did an APK teardown of the app and found quite a few strings related to new features which haven't gone live yet, including new app review histories, a peer-to-peer app update sharing mechanism for...

‘Galaxy’ is a Material Design fork of Yalp Store for those who want to ditch Google Play

For those unfamiliar with the Yalp Store, it's an open source third-party app store that mainly scrapes the Google Play Store for downloads, while avoiding the use of any Google Play Services. It can allow you to install Play Store apps on your phone without needing to log into a Google account on your phone....

Report: Google Play app downloads lead iOS App Store by 145%

In 2017, smartphone app revenue grew by 35 percent across Android and iOS, according to Sensor Tower, with users spending $38.5 billion in Apple's App Store compared to $20.1 billion in the Google Play Store. This week, a report from App Annie shows that, while app sales in the iOS App Store had a significant lead on Google...

“AdultSwine” Play Store Malware Shows Pornography in Games for Kids

Researchers at Check Point have discovered new malware hidden in about 60 games and applications on the Google Play Store. It's dubbed "AdultSwine", and it displays pornographic advertisements, entices users to install fake security applications, and tries to make users sign up for premium services. The infected apps, which are mostly aimed at children, have been downloaded...

Android & iOS App Revenue Increased by 35 Percent in 2017, Totaling $60 Billion

Apps on both Android and iOS have taken a more "freemium" model in recent years, giving users the option to use an application or play a game and then pay extra for certain features or in-game items. This has led to a boom in app revenue for app developers, with microtransactions becoming ever more popular...

Popular Theming App “Zooper Widget” has been Removed from the Play Store [Updated: It’s back]

Theming an Android phone has always been popular among our readers. There are full-fledged theme engines such as Substratum, but there are also apps that let you customize your launcher, icons, and more. Zooper Widget is one such app. It's a custom widget creator with extensive functionality, allowing users to create custom widgets, wallpapers, animations, and much...

Fake WhatsApp Updater on the Google Play Store was Downloaded Over 1 Million Times, Served Malware Through Ads

The Google Play Store is a little more open than its competition, such as the iOS App Store. With the uploading of applications being so cheap, a free SDK to work from and a very high application acceptance rate, the Google Play Store is much more attractive to indie developers. This further opens the platform,...