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Google Play System Update for Feb 2022 brings Play-as-you-download improvements, critical bug fixes, and more

Last month, Google published a new support page to highlight all the changes included in its monthly Google Play System updates. Today, the company has updated the page with details about all the changes included in the Google Play System update for February 2022. According to the support page, the February 2022 update will bring critical...

[Update: Widely rolling out] Google Play Store tests a new “Offer” tab in the bottom bar

In April, the Google Play Store received a big UI overhaul that saw the app store getting rid of the hamburger menu, adding a redesigned Settings page and My apps menu, among other UI tweaks. Now Google is testing another UI change in the Google Play Store that adds a fifth tab in the bottom...

As antitrust legislation inches forward in the US, Apple and Google aren’t happy

We're staring at a rather defining moment in smartphone history. The smartphone landscape, as it stands right now, is split between Apple and Google. Both adopt different approaches in how they handle their ecosystems, and through these starkly different approaches, both have undeniably grown to their biggest sizes in their own history. The past year...

Google publishes new support page highlighting Google Play System Update changes

Along with monthly security patches, Google releases regular Google Play system updates to its devices. But while Google publishes a detailed changelog highlighting all the changes included in each monthly security update, the company doesn't do the same for Google Play system updates. This makes tracking changes a bit cumbersome. To address this, Google has...

It’s now easier to find and install Android TV and Wear OS apps with new Play Store filters

Google recently allowed users to directly install apps from the Play Store onto their Android TV via their smartphone. This was a convenient and welcome move for everyone who has an Android TV and installs apps on it frequently. Navigating through various menus and typing long app names on a TV can be annoying. The...

Facebook sets up a new website to circumvent app store fees

Apple and Google charge relatively high commission fees for using their billing systems -- which both indie developers and major corporations have criticized. Meta's latest move to circumvent these fees is launching a website dedicated to selling Facebook Stars. Stars are virtual points users can buy during Facebook video livestreams to support their favorite creators. When...

Google makes checking for Play Store updates more obvious

You can check for Play Store updates by jumping into the Play Store settings, heading to the About section, and then tapping on the version number. While this process sounds quite straightforward, it isn't so for the average user, as the About section doesn't explicitly state that tapping the version number will trigger a check for updates. You...

[Update: Wider rollout] Google is finally letting users initiate Android TV app installs from their phones

At I/O 2021 in May, Google announced a new feature to make finding and installing apps on Wear OS devices much easier. The feature added a drop-down menu to the Install button on the Google Play Store, giving users the option to install an app on their Wear OS smartwatch right from their phone. The...

Google is testing a redesigned Play Store website

Even though the Play Store application for Android has gone through many design iterations over the years, the Play Store website has been frozen in time. For years, it has had the same early Material Design look, but that is finally changing. Google is now testing a new Play Store site design in some regions,...

Google Play wants you to vote for the best app and game of 2021

When Google launched its app store under the name Android Market back in 2008, it had only 13 apps. But fast forward to 2021, and Google's flagship app store is home to over 2.7 million apps, as per the latest data from Statista. It can be hard to find quality apps with so many apps...

Google Play Store improvements are on the way for tablets, Chromebooks, and foldables

If you have a Chromebook or Android tablet, it can be tricky to find applications that actually work well on large screens. Many apps and games, including some from Google itself, are primarily designed for phones and don't scale well to large displays. Google announced a renewed focus on Android apps for large screens today,...

Developers can now submit the Data safety form for the Play Store’s upcoming Safety section

Google has been working on a new Safety section for the Play Store. The company first announced the new section in May and revealed that it would provide users with valuable information about how apps use their data. A few months down the line, Google detailed the info it required app developers to disclose in...