GOOGLE PLAY STORE Posts on XDA

[Update: LastPass Unaffected] Google is Threatening to Remove Apps with Accessibility Services from the Play Store

Some of the most innovative applications on the Play Store are built on using APIs in ways that Google never intended. There are apps that can remap your volume keys to skip music tracks, record and play back touch inputs on webpages or games, and even provide alternative navigation keys so you can use your...

Toast Overlay Message Exploit Found on the Google Play Store in Weaponized Form

A few months back, we reported on the Android toast overlay message exploit which abused the toast overlay system to craft a fullscreen overlay pushed through the toast notification itself. This allowed a malicious attacker to craft a UI window through a toast overlay which made users unknowingly enable administrator access for an application or...

Google Play Store Now Shows App Sizes on the Home Screen to Indian Users

The Google Play Store has come as a long way since it launched back in 2012 as the overhaul to the Android Market. The app, now in its 8.x version, features a user-intuitive design which mostly follows Google's Material Design guidelines. Although there are still significant performance issues in terms of smoothness when using the...

Google Play Store Showcases Android Instant Apps with “Try Now” Button

Android Instant Apps were first showcased in Google I/0 2016. The premise was great: users could try out apps without the hassle of actually installing them. Instant Apps worked by breaking down a native app into small parts, which could be loaded faster and downloaded, then executed quickly. It displayed the UI screen for an...

The Google Play Store may Soon be Available in China, Cuba, and Others

According to a developer by the name of stereomatch on Reddit, Google has added more countries to the Google Play Developer Console. Previously, the countries of China, Cuba, Iran, Macau, Myanmar, and Sudan could not access the Google Play Store, or could not access paid services. The list of countries which can access the Google...

Google Revamps Editor’s Choice in the Play Store With Better Curation and Editorial Pages

The Google Play Store is home to millions of different apps and games, and while all of this variety is great to have, it can make finding the perfect addition to your phone a hassle at times. Google's Editor's Choice section of the Play Store is one of the many tools used to help you find...

OnePlus Brings its Weather App to the Google Play Store for Faster Updates (OxygenOS)

OnePlus's OxygenOS has received a number of great features since its inception, and one of those is the built-in weather app. It's never been very feature-rich compared to other weather applications, but the minimal UI and animations to match the current weather conditions have always kept me coming back to it whenever using OxygenOS on...

Google Details its Use of Machine Learning to Identify Intrusive Mobile Apps

All too often, we search for an app and end up finding what looks to be the best fit for our needs. But that is until one sees the long list of permissions the application thinks it needs to function. Some developers tend to call for permissions for functionality that their app clearly does not...

The Google Play Store’s First Store-Wide Sale Offers Discounts up to 80% off

Over the years, the Google Play Store has seen some big updates and improvements. between UI refreshes, functionality changes, and more. We've come a long, long way since the early days of the Android Marketplace. In honor of Summer 2017 officially being underway, Google is launching the first ever site-wide sale on the Google Play Store. We've...

Google Announces the New Android Excellence Program To Feature The Best Apps And Games

There are close to three million applications in the Google Play Store, giving all kinds of services and experiences. Unfortunately, not all of them are as good as we would like them to be. To showcase some of the best Android has to offer, Google announced the new Android Excellence program which revamps the current...

Magisk Manager Removed from Play Store, Developer Comments on the Future of Magisk

Eagle-eyed community members spotted that one of the community's beloved projects, Magisk, was no longer available on the Google Play Store. The Play Store URL for Magisk Manager would 404, indicating that the project was taken off the primary and most popular source of Android app distribution. Even if you had the app downloaded previously,...

Report: Researchers Find an Average of ~8,400 Pieces of Android Malware Every Day

Being the most dominant platform in any market means there are going to be a lot of malicious actors targeting Android with malware. We've seen this happen with Windows over the years, and now more people are targeting Android than ever before due to how many people are using it. Some reports peg Android's global...