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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Google Play Store will soon prevent you from downloading outdated apps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...

Google Play Store won’t allow apps to scan for other apps without a good reason

Android applications can check which other apps are installed using the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission, but given the security and privacy risks, the functionality is only intended for apps that actually need it (such as app launchers or backup tools). Google said last year that it would start kicking apps off the Play Store that used the...

Android could soon start warning users when they run 32-bit apps

Although Google has been making efforts to drop 32-bit app support on Android for the last few years, it may still be a while before 32-bit apps become a thing of the past. In a bid to speed up the process, however, Google could soon implement a new change in Android that will warn users...

Audible and B&N Nook remove option to purchase books in Android app as new Play Store rules kick in

Google has been pushing developers to use the company's Play Billing system for in-app purchases, which gives a small cut to Google (usually 15%) as a processing fee. The deadline was technically last week, and we're continuing to see apps make changes to comply with the updated rules, which now includes book retailer Barnes &...

Google Play system update for April 2022 brings new features for Play Pass and Play Points, bug fixes and more

Google has become more transparent about the Google Play system updates. Earlier this year, the company set up a dedicated page to disclose various features and improvements in each monthly system update. Google usually details and releases new updates at the start of each month. But this time around, we're getting a sneak peek at...

Google will let some Android apps keep their own payment systems

The Google Play Store and Apple App Store both officially require developers to use their payment systems for in-app purchases, though the rule isn't universally enforced. Revenue sharing requirements entered the public spotlight following the companies' lawsuits with Epic Games, which has simultaneously caused a crackdown on third-party billing and lower rates for Apple and...

Play Store’s ‘Play as you download’ is coming to all Android 12 devices

Google revealed "Play as you download" in July of last year, which would allow some games and applications from the Play Store to be opened while they were still downloading. After a long wait, Google says the functionality will roll out to all Android 12 devices soon. This is more or less identical to functionality that...

Google Play Store to soon get new Material You buttons

Material You is Google's latest design language for Android, Chrome OS, Wear OS, and beyond. Over the last months, we have seen Google slowly but steadily updating many of its popular apps with Material You elements. Google Play Store received a partial Material You redesign back in October, bringing a pill-shaped search bar, updated bottom...