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Google Play will crack down on inactive developer accounts

Google has updated its Google Play policies for Android developers publishing apps on the Google Play Store. Developers and publishers must abide by these policies for their apps to be allowed on the Play Store. Several new policies are being introduced with this update, and one of them revolves around dormant accounts. With this new policy,...

Google unifies its Vulnerability Rewards Program sites for Android, Chrome, and Play

Google's Vulnerability Rewards Program (VRP) rewards security researchers for reporting security flaws in Google products. The program spans across multiple products, like Android, Chrome, and Google Play, and dishes out some serious cash. Google paid security researchers a record $6.7 million through the program last year and $6.5 million the year before that. Since its...

Google Play is cracking down on misleading app names and icons

Google has announced some important changes for developers who publish their apps in the Google Play Store, which are set to go into effect later this year. Once they are established, the search giant said it will crack down on apps that mislead users, either with their title or icon. One of the policy changes relates...

Best wallpaper apps for Chrome OS: Backdrops, Bing, and more

Buying a shiny new Chromebook is an exciting experience. With Chrome OS, you get speed and performance at a lower cost. In fact, many Chromebooks are some of the best laptops you can find under $600. One of the first things you'll want to do when you boot up your new Chromebook is change the...

Google Play Services will soon delete your advertising ID when you opt out of ad personalization

Google Play Services generates an advertising ID for all users who opt-in for ad personalization. This ID not only helps Google push relevant ads to users, but it also comes in handy for analytics and fraud prevention. When you turn off ad personalization on your account, Google stops using your advertising ID to push personalized...

Best Chromebooks for kids: Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and more

Searching for a new computer or tablet for your kids can be tricky. On the one hand, you want something fairly inexpensive, but you also want solid performance and durability. The good news is Chromebooks perfectly balance cost-effective hardware, durability, and OS security. While Chromebooks satisfy most of the must-haves for a kids' computer, you...

Google details what info app developers should disclose in the Play Store’s upcoming safety section

In May this year, Google announced that it would add a new safety section in the Play Store to provide users with greater transparency about how apps use their data. At the time, the company had revealed that it would detail a new policy for the feature in Q3 2021, which would highlight what info...

Can I play Minecraft on a Chromebook? Which Editions work?

Minecraft is a sandbox construction video game developed by Mojang Studios. Players interact with a fully customizable three-dimensional environment made of blocks and entities. Its diverse gameplay lets players choose the way they play, with countless possibilities. There are currently three actively maintained editions of Minecraft -- Java Edition, Bedrock Edition, and Education Edition. If...

Google TV app update adds widescreen posters and new content providers

The Google TV app, formerly known as Play Movies & TV, is getting a big update today. The latest update brings a fresh look, improved recommendations, and support for several new streaming services and live TV providers. First things first. The new update introduces 16:9 widescreen movie and show posters, giving the UI a cinematic feel....

Google preps “Switch to Android” iOS app for migrating data from an iPhone

If you’re jumping ship from Android to iOS, Apple offers an app called Move to iOS on the Google Play Store, allowing you to seamlessly migrate your Android data to an iPhone. But if you want to do the opposite — switch from iOS to Android — Google currently doesn’t have a similar tool on...

How to download Android 12 Beta for Google Pixel and other Android devices

The wait is finally over — Android 12 is here as Google has officially kicked off the Android 12 Beta program following the Developer Preview initiative. If you’re the lucky owner of a Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, or the...

How to install Android 12 Beta on Google Pixel and other Android devices

It’s that time of year again! Android 12, i.e. the next major release of Android is now available as public beta. This won’t give you the full Android 12 experience as it's still very much a work-in-progress, but for lucky owners of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel...