Some people dismiss the threat that malware poses in the Android world, but the problem is still real. Individuals with malicious intent will always target the most popular operating systems, and Android is one of them. A new report details a troubling new malware strain that has been found in the wild, and this time around it wasn’t discovered just in shady third-party app stores. It was also found in apps approved in the Google Play store in spite of Google’s various protections.
Unless you’ve been off-planet for the past few weeks, you’ve probably heard about the unrivaled popularity of Pokemon Go. No one expected the app to fail, but it’s impossible to predict this kind of success either.
In fact, even at this relatively early stage Pokemon Go is already considered to be the most popular mobile game in the history of smartphones. So what exactly does that mean, relative to other popular smartphone games?
Pokemon Go is a massive mobile success, enjoying impressive popularity among Pokemon fans who can’t get enough of hunting the tiny creatures across town with the help of their mobile devices. However, Nintendo and Niantic’s hit AR game is not available worldwide, at least not officially. Europe is just starting to get a taste of Pokemon Go, with Germany being the first market to receive official support – so here’s what you need to know.
If you’re a member of an Android family, your life just got a whole lot easier. After unveiling the Family Library earlier this summer, Google officially launched the feature this week, allowing up to six family members to share a single Google account, including any movies, shows, books, apps or games on that account.
Google is currently offering one of the best promotions for Google Play Music that we’ve ever seen. For what may be a limited time, new users can sign up for a free four-month trial where they can enjoy everything on the Play Music store along with enjoying a YouTube Red subscription to boot.
The only qualifiers is that the promotion is only valid for U.S.-based consumers and is only an option for users who are completely new to both Google Play and YouTube Red. The promotion is being positioned alongside the 4th of July holiday weekend so there’s no telling if it will extend beyond Monday. That being the case, you might want to sign up for this crazy deal ASAP just to be safe.
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 →