Google Play Apps

Google Play is Copying Apple’s App Store, and Why That’s a Good Thing

By on June 26, 2015 at 2:01 PM.

Google Play is Copying Apple’s App Store, and Why That’s a Good Thing

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.

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Comedy Central Free Shows

Download 12 episodes of Comedy Central shows for free on Google Play right now

By on May 26, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

Download 12 episodes of Comedy Central shows for free on Google Play right now

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 →

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Android App Install from Google Search

Use this new Google search trick to find and install the best Android apps

By on April 17, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Use this new Google search trick to find and install the best Android apps

Google on Thursday announced a new app discovery feature that developers can use to further drive up app installs. However, this new developer tool is also a neat trick every Android user should know, as it could significantly improve the overall app install experience. More →

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Google Play Apps: Ratings

Here’s how Google is going to help you find better Android apps

By on March 17, 2015 at 12:31 PM.

Here’s how Google is going to help you find better Android apps

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 →

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Google Play Malware Alert

It’s not just the app store – Google Play Books is crawling with scams too

By on March 4, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

It’s not just the app store – Google Play Books is crawling with scams too

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 →

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Google Play Music 50,000 Song Limit

New Google Play update is every music lover’s dream come true

By on February 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

New Google Play update is every music lover’s dream come true

Google announced on the Android Official Blog this week that the music storage limit for free Google Play Music users has been bumped up from 20,000 songs to 50,000 songs. You can stream or download any of those 50k songs to your phone, tablet, computer or Chromecast. More →

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Google Play Adware

Some of the most popular Android apps are riddled with adware

By on February 3, 2015 at 1:30 PM.

Some of the most popular Android apps are riddled with adware

It’s no secret that the Android operating system is more vulnerable to unwanted intrusions than many of its users would like, but based on a recent report from the Avast antivirus team, it looks like the issue might be even worse than we thought.

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Lord Of The Rings Free Download

Get the first Lord of the Rings movie for free on Google Play right now

By on December 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Get the first Lord of the Rings movie for free on Google Play right now

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 →

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Google Play Store App Search

Here’s how to find only the best apps on the Google Play Store

By on October 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

Here’s how to find only the best apps on the Google Play Store

There are lots of apps on the Google Play Store but a lot of them are, quite frankly, junk. However, Android Authority points out that Google has just added a terrific new feature to Google Play that will help you weed out bad apps and only find the ones that have received high praise from Android users. More →

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Google Play App Refunds

You now have 2 hours to get a refund from the Google Play store

By on September 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

You now have 2 hours to get a refund from the Google Play store

Although many smartphone users scoff at the idea of paying for apps when there are so many free alternatives, some of the most worthwhile apps on your app store of choice will cost you a dollar or two. Still, there’s always a chance that once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll realize that it wasn’t what your were expecting. More →

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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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