Some of its fans call Nova Launcher “the best thing that ever happened to Android,” and it may very well be so. The innovative app reimagined the Android experience to give users more control over their smartphones and tablets. For many, it’s a must-have app, so you should consider getting it right now, as it’s available in the Google Play Store for 80% off the regular price. More →
On March 6th, 2012, Google officially launched Google Play in order to consolidate its mobile stores and compete more effectively with Apple’s App Store. Four years later, Android has seen explosive growth in the apps department, with revenue climbing by a massive 35x in that timespan.
This week, analytics firm App Annie took a look back at the past four years to see which apps have contributed most to that astounding growth.
Whether you’re an iPhone user or partial to Android, one thing smartphone users across the board can enjoy equally is an absolutely endless selection of apps. Today, both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store each house more than 1.5 million applications. Even better, the days of top applications being exclusive to one platform or the other appear to be winding down.
That said, if we look at a list of the most popular apps, it quickly becomes apparent that the mobile app experience is still dominated by big time players.
Apple is slowly but surely making its way into the Google Play Store and Android fans are none too thrilled about it. Last month, you might recall that Apple’s Move to iOS app was bombarded by negative 1-star reviews from people who seemed downright offended by Apple’s mere presence on their precious app store.
Recently, Apple released its second Android app to date, a companion speaker app called Beats Pill+ for the company’s recently released Beats Pill+ speaker system. And much like its initial foray into the Google Play Store, the negative reviews for Apple’s latest effort are coming in fast and furious. At the time of this writing, the app has an average rating of 2.1 stars with 170 1-star reviews.
Since their inception, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store have taken diametrically opposed positions when it comes to policing the content allowed into their respective online marketplaces. Whereas Apple, in natural fashion, reviews every single app submitted, Google has historically taken a more lax position, creating an open digital playground of sorts and opting to address issues after they arise as opposed to before.
Initially, this strategy helped position the Google Play store as a more accommodating and developer-friendly marketplace. All the more so given Apple’s penchant for rejecting apps for seemingly arbitrary and contradictory reasons.
Over time, though, Google has slowly but surely started to see the wisdom in Apple’s approach. While Google still takes a relatively hands-off approach to submitted apps, a recently updated version of its Google Play Developer Program Policies demonstrates that Google sees the merit in having stricter governing rules in place.
Every day, we try to bring you the best selection of free apps we can find on the App Store, but today we have the unique pleasure of being able to alert you to some free TV shows as well. For a limited time, Comedy Central is giving away an episode from 12 of its most popular shows as part of a huge sale on Google Play. More →
Google on Tuesday announced additional features for Google Play that should make its digital content store better than ever, especially when it comes to purchasing Android apps and games. Essentially, the company revealed it’s introducing a brand new age-based rating system for apps and games, and an app review process that should better protect consumers. More →
As we’ve observed countless times, there are both pluses and minuses to the way Google handles allowing apps onto Google Play. On the plus side, it’s insanely easy to get your app added. On the minus side, it’s insanely easy for scammers to get malicious apps onto the store as well. Now Android Police has found that it’s not just the app store that’s a haven for scams — it’s Google Play Books as well. More →
Now that all three Hobbit movies have been released, Google is apparently letting Tolkien fans everywhere celebrate by giving away the first Lord of the Rings movie. Yes, you heard that correctly — you can now download Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring for free right now from Google Play. More →