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Google Play Protect Rolls Out to More Devices with Latest Update

At Google I/O earlier this year, the company announced a new service it would be providing to Android owners called Google Play Protect. In and of itself, this wasn't actually anything new that hasn't already been included in Android for years. Instead, it was essentially a rebranding of a few features that Google has provided...

Google Explains Google Play Tweaks Intended to Surface Good Apps and Games

Google is a company who loves big data so it makes sense that they are collecting information about the applications and games that we download from the Google Play Store. Previously, an important metric that Google used to determine if an application or game was good or not was downloads. However, with the company recently...

Play Store’s App Name Length Increases to a 50 Character Limit

Google has approached the Play Store much differently than other companies have done their application stores. Apple has a mostly-manual approval system in place so not only can publishing an application take a while, but you can get flat out rejected for reasons that the company doesn't even list in their rules. Google has rules...

Google Play Offers Discounts on Some TV Seasons if You Own Part of it Already

Google Play offers a number of different ways to obtain TV shows for your smartphone, tablet, and Android TV devices. So if you would like to get your hands on only one single episode of a TV show, then you have the choice of just buying it and ignoring everything else. This is great for...

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...

PSA: Using an Ad Blocker? A Bug in Google Play Music May Be Draining Your Battery.

Many of us use an ad blocker on our Android devices, be it to reduce bandwidth usage, avoid tracking or simply get rid of visual distractions. The way ad-blockers work is simple: they block all requests to known domains that serve ads or allow analytics and tracking. What happens when a network request fails? Well, what...

No, Google Isn’t Eavesdropping on You for Those Crazy Ads and Predictions

«My phone was in my pocket as I was talking to my friend about XYZ. I had never heard of XYZ before (my friend brought it up), and I didn't google it or anything. Yet when I opened an app a day later, I saw ads related to XYZ! Is Google listening in on my...

A Summary of Google’s 101 Announcements at I/O 2017

The most anticipated event of the year for Android developers and Google fans is officially over. During the I/O 2017, Google announced many new features and improvements that should make their projects even better. Emily Wood, Google's Manager of Global Communication and Public Affairs, published a blog post with all 101 announcements that took place in...

Google Announces New Features for Subscription Models Through Google Play

Google offers many ways of monetization for Android developers to profit. Simple purchases and in-app purchases are just two that we can easily name. The typical monetization model can soon change, thought, as Google further encourages developers to use the subscriptions. The data collected by Google shows 10-time growth in consumption over the past three years...

Google Adds the Ability to Report Reviews That Violate Their Comment Posting Policy to the Developer Console

Google is always adding to the Google Play Developer Console to enhance the UX for application developers. A little over a year ago Google added some very useful ratings and review tools to the platform. We went hands-on with the Developer Console last year so that developers and regular users alike could get an idea of...

Google Play is Hit with a New Wave of Fake Reviews

Application and games reviews are incredibly important for an application store such as Google Play, and these can be the target of some malicious services. This issue is compounded when it's an application store for the largest mobile platform in the world. In November of last year, Google talked about how they are improving the...

Google Announces Play Store Changes to Help Promote Great Games

While a lot of Android publications are currently talking about Mobile World Congress 2017 from Barcelona, there's also another big convention going on right now: The Game Developers Conference is currently happening too, and since Google has their hand in mobile gaming, it makes sense for them to be there right now as well. Along with...