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Samsung Introduces the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro, Designed for Google Play

At Google I/O 2016, the company announced that Google Play support would be officially extended to several Chrome OS devices. This move vastly extended the capabilities of Chrome OS machines, whose application availability was sorely lacking at the time. Now, Chrome OS has access to thousands of quality apps and games that already have established their...

Google is Using File-by-File Patching to Reduce App Update Size

Back in July of this year, Google announced a new method of reducing the file size of application updates. They haven been using delta algorithms since 2012 to help reduce the file size of app updates, but earlier this year they rolled out a new one. This new algorithm is called bsdiff, and it was...

Android’s December Distribution Numbers Show Lollipop is on Top

As we start the last month of the year, we get a look at how Android is being divided up among the current active install base (which are also visiting the Google Play Store). These stats were collected during a 7-day period that ended on December 5th, and as usual, any version of Android that is...

Google Announces the Google Play Indie Games Contest in Europe

Back in July, Google had announced the First Google Play Indie Games Festival. The event was a very successful affair with hundreds of entries that were filtered down to 30 finalists, and the final winners were announced in September. Google said that they would be bringing such events to other parts of the world as well,...

Google Releases PhotoScan, an App to Digitize Your Photos

I've you've ever tried to digitize your old, printed photos then you know how much of a hassle it can be without access to a high resolution scanner. Since many people don't have a great scanner to handle digitizing photographs, they rely on their smartphone cameras. However, the glare and alignment difficulties often results in...

Android Wear 2.0 will Require Installing Apps from new Wear-based Play Store

Ian Lake is an Android Developer Advocate who has been responding to some Android Wear 2.0 questions over in the Android Wear Developers Google+ community. In one particular Google+ thread, a user inquired about the current distribution numbers for the various Android Wear platform versions. For now, Mr. Lake says that all watches are capable...

How Tapjacking Made a Return with Android Marshmallow — and Nobody Noticed

While many of us salivate over the newly released Android Nougat for Nexus devices, the vast majority of users are still on Android Marshmallow. An exploit the existence of which has been documented since at least the middle of 2015 is still affecting many modern Android devices. Malicious applications are able to tapjack your actions into granting them a...

Use Rich Text Formatted Descriptions to Improve App Installations

You've worked hard on developing your first app and you've just passed your largest milestone yet: publishing your app on the Google Play Store. Great! Now what? If you have enough cash on hand, name/brand recognition, or social media prowess you probably won't have too much trouble getting your app's name out there. But even if...

Google Play Store Version 6.8 Hints at Sharing Music Purchases on a Family Plan, Improved Data Pre-Loading

Google Play Store Version 6.8 is now rolling out with hints suggesting a possible upcoming change within the Google Play Music Family Plan. Currently, subscribers to the Play Music Family Plan are unable to share individual purchases among family members, as noted in the help page: Each family member will still have separate Google Accounts, playlists,...

Tearing Down Google Apps Updates: What’s (Possibly) Coming!

Hello readers of our portal! As you might know, many applications are updated or released during the week of Google I/O. Most of these updates are pretty major and most of their features are detailed by the developer teams in the changelog. However, not every upcoming feature gets noted, so we're here to teardown the APKs...

Hands-on With Google Play Developer Console — A Must-Have for the Engaged Publisher

The Google Play Developer Console has long been the “one stop shop” for developers to publish apps, view sales, reviews, analytics, and more. Google’s new Play Console application is a fresh new way for developers to interface with this console on mobile. Through interactive graphs and fine grained notification controls, this app provides developers the ability...

Here’s Everything You Missed During Google I/O [Part 2 – Users]

Yesterday was a pretty hectic news day for the Android tech world. With the keynote speech at Google I/O came many major announcements of which you can catch up on by reading both of our recap articles ([1] [2]). Alternatively, if you have 2 hours to spend you can watch the entire keynote speech on YouTube. However, there...