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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...

Google Changes App Refund Policy, Adds the Voided Purchases API

Google's application refund policy has been pretty spotty over the lifespan of the Android platform. Thankfully, this started to get better over the last couple of years with one milestone being the biggest for them. Back in 2014, Google started allowing instant refunds for applications purchased within a 15 minute window. The whole "I pirate...

Tips for Developers Who Need to Create a Privacy Policy for Their Applications

When a service is handling sensitive data from the customer, it is important for the user to know exactly what is being done with that information. For Android, this can be anything from access to your location data, contact list, or even requesting access to certain permissions (like the microphone, camera, etc). Back in December,...

Google Play’s New Privacy Policy Rule Goes into Effect on March 15th

Back in December of last year, Google changed some rules for if and when developers must have a privacy policy for their applications and games. This new rule was published in the help section of the Developer Console, but it didn't say when Google would be actively enforcing it. Now, we're seeing emails go out to...

All Chromebooks Launched in 2017 Onward will Support the Play Store

Many have been excited at the prospect of their Chromebook receiving support for Android applications installed via the Play Store. This has been huge news for those who own a Chromebook, but it's left a lot of people to wonder if their device will get the update soon. So far, it's been limited to Chromebooks like...