Free Android Apps Vulnerabilities

Most of your favorite free Android apps leave you open to hackers

By on August 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

Most of your favorite free Android apps leave you open to hackers

Security has always been a huge concern for Android users. From seemingly insignificant security flaws to massive outbreaks that make international headlines, it’s never a bad idea to be cautious when downloading a new app or browsing the web. Unfortunately, sometimes even being careful isn’t enough. In a recent analysis, the FireEye Mobile Security Team discovered that 68% of the top 1,000 free apps on Google Play are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. More →

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Google Play Store: Material Design

Here’s what Google’s gorgeous Material Design looks like on the Play Store

By on July 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Here’s what Google’s gorgeous Material Design looks like on the Play Store

One of Google’s main I/O 2014 announcements is the company’s new design language – dubbed Material Design – which will be applied to all of Google’s properties, including Android L, Android and iOS apps, and web apps. Google has already demoed its Material Design concepts, providing explanations for its design choices and vision, but Android Police has obtained more details about what Material Design means for Google’s content store, sharing images of the upcoming Play Store redesign. More →

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Android Malware Subway Train Game

An obvious scam Android app has been installed over 1 million times in under a month

By on June 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM.

An obvious scam Android app has been installed over 1 million times in under a month

People, you really ought to read an app’s permissions before you download it. Reddit’s Android community has flagged an obvious scam app called Subway Train Game in the Google Play store that has been installed more than 1 million times in less than a month.  More →

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Google Play Store PayPal Support

Google helps you spend more money on Google Play content

By on May 16, 2014 at 6:40 AM.

Google helps you spend more money on Google Play content

Google on Thursday revealed it’s ready to support even more payment methods for Google Play purchases, thus encouraging buyers to spend money on apps, movies, TV shows and music. The company announced additional payment options for its online store, including PayPal support, which will let people in 12 countries pay for apps and other digital content. More →

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How To Find Apps On Google Play

How Google can fix the worst thing about the Google Play store

By on April 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

How Google can fix the worst thing about the Google Play store

Google Play is a terrific place to find Android apps… if you happen to know exactly what you’re looking for. But as Android Authority’s Simon Hill points out, things get a bit trickier when it comes to discovering new apps out of the blue since the Google Play store’s app discovery process leaves a lot to be desired. More →

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Brightest Flashlight app scam

Maker of Android flashlight app with 50M downloads avoids fine after selling location data

By on April 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Maker of Android flashlight app with 50M downloads avoids fine after selling location data

This past December, we reported that a popular Android app called Brightest Flashlight could do more than just shine light. Brightest Flashlight was a simple flashlight app that was highly-rated and had over 50 million installs. However, it had one devious, hidden feature: It would share personal data, such as your location, with advertisers. The FTC caught wind of this and began investigating the developer. According to GigaOm, the FTC reached a settlement with the developer last week, and it looks like he got away easy. More →

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In-Game Advertisement Survey

Gamers would rather deal with in-game advertisements than pay up front

By on March 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Gamers would rather deal with in-game advertisements than pay up front

Gamers are frugal. If you’ve kept up with mobile gaming at all over the past several years, you’re already well aware of the rise of freemium games — they’re free up front, but require a small monetary investment, usually in the form of in-app purchases, for a reasonable rate of progression. The freemium market came to a head with the release of Candy Crush Saga about a year and a half ago, converting millions of non-gamers to obsessed puzzle fiends. In light of the shifting market, WildTangent has teamed up with research and analytics firm IHS Technology to examine the new trend of bucking one-time fees. More →

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Nokia X Google Play Store Apps Sideload

Nokia X owners might get access to Google Play apps after all

By on February 24, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Nokia X owners might get access to Google Play apps after all

Even though the Nokia X trio of Android handsets actually runs a forked Android version that looks more like Windows Phone than Google’s famous mobile OS – and their OS are completely stripped off any Google apps including the Play Store – there’s actually hope that users will be able to run Android apps from Google’s app store in addition to Nokia’s store and all the other third-party supported application stores. More →

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Pebble Appstore iOS Launch

Pebble’s official app store launches on iOS, coming to Android soon

By on February 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM.

Pebble’s official app store launches on iOS, coming to Android soon

The long-awaited Pebble app store has finally arrived, and with it comes over 1,000 apps and watchfaces for your wearable device. Pebble announced on Monday that the appstore had finally gone live on the iOS version of the Pebble app, with the Android release coming “very, very soon.” The Pebble appstore is the first central location for developers to share their creations with the public and for Pebble owners to install and manage the apps on their smartwatches. More →

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App Store Google Play Revenue Growth

Has Google Play’s furious sales growth finally stalled?

By on January 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Has Google Play’s furious sales growth finally stalled?

Distimo’s new app survey has many interesting data nuggets. One fascinating insight is that Apple had 18% app revenue growth in December over November, while Google Play app revenue growth was 17%. This is more interesting than it seems at first glance, because Google Play has been able to deliver far faster app revenue growth over the past two years, outpacing Apple app revenue growth by as much as fourfold according to some sources. Cheap Android phones are popular Christmas gifts and tend to lead to strong Android app revenue spikes in December. So how come Apple was so strong in the Christmas of 2013? More →

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Google Play store deals

Google joins Black Friday fun with Cyber Weekend Deals

By on November 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM.

Google joins Black Friday fun with Cyber Weekend Deals

Google is joining in on the Black Friday festivities by announcing its Google Play store Cyber Weekend Deals on Friday. Android users can find great deals on music, books, TV, movies, and apps. Some of the best deals on the Google Play store include Kanye West’s Yeezus for $1.99, and each Lord of the Rings movie for $1.99. In addition, is offering a $25 Google Play store credit for anyone who buys a Nexus 7, which is unfortunately itself not on sale. Google did not specify how long this particular deal will last, only saying that it is “for a limited time.” Google’s Nexus 7 deal is similar to Apple’s Black Friday offer of Apple gift cards instead of discounts with the purchase of Apple hardware.

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Google Play Tablet Apps

Google Play starts taking tablet apps seriously

By on November 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM.

Google Play starts taking tablet apps seriously

The Google Play Store is starting to take tablet apps seriously. Announced last month on the Android Developers Blog and spotted on Friday by Android Police, the Google Play Store is now only showing tablet-optimized apps in its top lists when accessed through a tablet. Apps that are not optimized for tablets will receive a “Designed for phones” tag, on the other hand. The Google Play Store has always lagged behind the iOS App Store in terms of tablet apps, so this move should encourage app developers to optimize more of their apps for tablets. More →

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Google Play Annual Revenue

Move over, iTunes: Google Play is becoming a major cash cow

By on November 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM.

Move over, iTunes: Google Play is becoming a major cash cow

Even though Google doesn’t make money directly from sales of Android devices, it does benefit financially when more mobile subscribers use its online services and when they download apps from its Google Play app store. Barron’s flags a note from Citigroup analyst Mark May, who projects Google Play revenues will have compounded annual growth of 43% over the next four years and will grow from $1.3 billion in 2013 to $5.2 billion in 2017. Things look even better for Google when you factor in app-related ads, which May thinks will help Google Play generate a “$3.2 billion  in total revenue contribution in 2014 and $7.2 billion in 2017.” In part because of this increased Google Play revenue, May raises his price target on Google shares from $1,025 all the way up to  $1,190.

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