All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google Play’

Google Increases File Size Limit For Android Apps

Google Increases File Size Limit For Android Apps

Google announced that it’s increasing the APK file size limit for Android apps from 50MB to 100MB giving developers more room to work with in creating app experiences with less restriction. Google does warn, however, that just because you can now make an app bigger, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. It reminds developers to consider things like mobile data …

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Google Wallet Gets A Brand New App

Google Wallet Gets A Brand New App

Google launched a new Google Wallet app in the Google Play store. It’s a separate app from the existing Google Wallet app that you already know. In fact, if you search for Google Wallet in the store, you’ll still find the old one. 9to5Google, however, points us to the new one, which is labeled “Google Wallet (New)“. The publication suggests …

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Android Developers Get New Beta Testing Options

Google announced improved beta testing for Android apps on Google Play with new features like open beta and closed beta using email addresses. Google first launched beta testing two years ago, and has been gathering feedback from developers ever since. The Google Play Developer Console lets developers release early versions of their app to select users an an alpha or …

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Google Play Search Ads Now Available To All

Earlier this year, Google announced that it was expanding paid search advertising to the Google Play store. Given that people frequently go there to search for apps, this seemed like an obvious place for search ads, and it’s still surprising it’s taken Google this long to offer them to app makers. Better late than never though. Google has been testing …

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Google Play Downloads 85% Higher Than App Store [Report]

App Annie, an app data service, which is in use by a reported 700,000 apps, released some new data looking at Android vs. iOS apps. The biggest finding is that in Q2, Google Play’s worldwide downloads were about 85% higher than those from Apple’s App Store. App Annie calls this a significant increase from the 70% gap it saw in …

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Google Display Network Ads Expand To Google Play Music

Google introduced a new free, ad-supported streaming music service today as one tier of its Google Play Music offering. In doing so, it has opened up new opportunities for advertisers using the Google Display Network. The service itself basically just lets you listen to curated playlists. It’s radio. We’re not talking on-demand songs like Spotify. More on the consumer service …

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Google Unveils Android M Developer Preview & Tools At Google I/O

At Google I/O on Thursday, Google announced a developer preview of the next version of Android, the M Release as well as related tools. Google says the release focuses on improving the core user experience of Android, including thousands of bug fixes and making big changes to the fundamentals. For one, users are getting more control over permissions. “Apps can …

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Celebrate Mad Men With This Google Retrospective

Google has partnered with Lionsgate on an interactive Mad Men retrospective as the acclaimed series nears its final episode. Fans can go to madmen.withgoogle.com to get a look over 300 pieces of content released for the first time in digital format. This includes artwork, interviews, audio commentaries, etc. This is the first time Google Play has offeredany kind of a …

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Android Developers Must Now Get Ratings For Their Apps And Games

Google announced a couple of updates for Google Play, which will affect both developers and users. There’s a new content rating system as well as a new app review process. The content rating system is based on age, and applies to both apps and games. According to the company, it will help developers communicate “familiar and locally relevant” content ratings …

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Google May Start Offering .App Domains

One of the hottest generic TLDs up for grabs by some of the Internet’s biggest companies was .App. According to reports, Google has now won that TLD, and is paying a whopping $25 million for it. According to Domain Name Wire, that’s likely a record-breaking price for a TLD, and Google has been battling 12 other companies, including Amazon, for …

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Google Expands Paid Search Into A New, Obvious Place

Google announced the launch of paid search results on Google Play, which will help app makers get their products discovered and help Google add another revenue source. Google is only making the offering available to a limited set of users at first (from a pilot group of advertisers). This will happen over the course of the coming weeks. “App discovery …

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Chromecast Users Get $6 In Google Play Credit

It’s never been a better time to own a Chromecast, Google’s $35 streaming device. Not only does the functionality of the device continue to improve thanks to updates from Google as well as increased support by third-party apps, but Google is actually giving away $6 in Google Play credit to users, apparently for Valentine’s Day. You have to be on …

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Data Confirms Google Is Wiping Out A Whole Category Of Websites

Last month, we reported that Google may have just killed a whole category of websites – lyrics sites. New data shows that search visibility for some of these sites has indeed drastically declined. While it’s interesting enough for this particular niche, it also highlights how Google is capable of basically wiping out an entire niche by adding one type of …

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Google May Have Just Killed A Whole Category Of Websites

Over time, Google has been showing more and more content on search results pages, resulting in people having to click over to third-party websites for fewer and fewer things. Now, Google is showing song lyrics, in what should be considered an enormous blow to lyrics sites. Is Google going overboard with the content it’s providing on search results page or …

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Amazon Forced To Remove Appstore From Android [Report]

A few months ago, Amazon started including access to its Appstore in its main Android app, essentially enabling users to purchase Amazon apps (which would typically be used on the company’s Fire devices), and use them on Android devices. In other words, this provided Android users with a place to get apps other than Google Play, which of course hosts …

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Google Play Releases Its Best Of 2014 Lists

Earlier this week, we got a look at the top apps, movies, games, songs, etc. on iTunes. Today, its rival Google Play revealed its lists. These are packaged in a nice infographic: “It was a big year for entertainment, from games that fed your sweet tooth to apps that kept you fit,” said Google. “Icy movies warmed your hearts, and …

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You Can Now Pre-Order Movies On Google Play

Google announced that you can now pre-order movie titles on Google Play. The company said in a Google+ update: Forget film release countdowns. Pre-order new movies like “+Gone Girl,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “+Maleficent,” “Maze Runner,” and more, then watch them the first day they’re available on digital. (US only, more countries coming soon!) You can’t just pre-order anything, but …

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Google Launches Chromecast In Ireland

Google’s Chromecast online video streaming device has become available in the Google Play Store in Ireland, according to various people who have spotted it for sale. This comes after Google launched Play Movies in that country a couple weeks ago. Google announced availability of the device for Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK in …

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More On Making Money With Google Play

If you thought Google was done posting videos from Google I/O sessions last week, think again. They’ve uploaded a new batch to YouTube about a variety of developer topics, mostly related to developing for Google’s various platforms. For those trying to make some money through apps on Google Play, this one should be of particular interest. It’s a panel on …

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Google Released An Exclusive Documentary About Merge Records

Google – Google Play specifically – has released an exclusive documentary about Merge Records. It’s a free 24-minute look at 25 years of the label available on the Google Play channel. Here’s how Google describes it: Founded by Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance in 1989, North Carolina’s Merge Records quickly grew to become one of America’s essential indie labels. …

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How To Make Money On Google Play

As you probably know, Google I/O was last week, and Google has uploaded tons of video from the event, including developer sessions on various topics. Over the weekend, the company posted a slew of them to YouTube, including discussions about Instant Buy and the future of apps and search. On a more basic level, developers simply want to know how …

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Google Now To Start Reminding You About Your Bills

Google is reportedly adding bill pay reminders to Google Now, which will notify users about upcoming bills that are due, and how much they cost. Google reportedly gains this information from users’ Gmail accounts. Cult of Android reports: No configuration is necessary in order to register for this service. Google has the facility to generate its bill payment reminder cards …

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Google Announces Google Play Payment Improvements And Expansions

Google announced the addition of PayPal support for Google Play in 12 countries as well expanded carrier billing and gift card availability. The company says sales of apps and games on Google Play are already up by over 300% versus last year, with two-thirds of them happening outside of the U.S. These announcements are aimed at fueling that momentum. Users …

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Google Kills Currents, Sends Users To Google Play Newsstand

Google continues to shift its users of various news consumption products to different ones. Google famously killed Google Reader last year in a bold and controversial move (that many would probably still question) that sent users to various other RSS readers not owned by Google. Now another Google news reader is dead. Google announced Google Play Newsstand in November as …

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Moto G Gets A Google Play Edition

Motorola was on a roll in 2013 with a line of super affordable smartphones that packed in some nifty features. The customizable Moto X is a steal at $399, and now Google is making the handset maker’s Moto G almost impossible to pass up on Google Play. Google added the Moto G to its growing list of Google Play Edition …

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Google Play Services Upgraded To Version 4.1

New Android versions are always a cause for celebration as Google works some interesting new features into its mobile OS. Similarly, updates to Google Play Service should be met with the same kind of enthusiasm as Android app developers get more features to play around with. Google announced this week that Google Play Services 4.1 is now rolling out to …

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Google Thinks These Android Apps Are Beautiful

Just last week, Google revealed what it felt were the best games available for Android devices. While games may make up a large portion of Android’s catalog of apps, they’re by no means the only apps available. For all the other apps, Google has released a list of what it considers to be the most beautifully designed Android apps. So, …

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Android Game Developers Now Have A Few New Tools To Work With

Over the last few years, Android has proven to be quite the versatile gaming platform. Not only are people playing games on smartphone and tablets, but Android games can also be found on TVs thanks to micro-consoles like the Ouya and MOJO. Now Google is readying some new tools to help Android game developers make the player experience even better. …

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LG G Pad 8.3 Comes To Google Play With Stock Android

A while back, we were treated to an image on Google Play of a woman using what looked like an 8-inch tablet. At the time, we thought Google would be releasing an 8-inch tablet to go alongside the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, but the reality is actually a little different. LG announced today that its new 8-inch tablet – …

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Google Play Starts Highlighting Tablet Apps, Labeling Others As ‘Designed For Phones’

Google announced today that it is rolling out changes to Google Play, in which it will better differentiate between apps that are designed for tablets and apps that are designed for phones. Regardless of whether or not you developed your app for one specific type of device or the other, Google will determine your app’s label based on if it …

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