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Google Play Music Hits Five New Countries

Google announced this morning that Google Play Music is launching in five new European countries: Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg and Portugal. “Music first launched on Google Play in Europe in November 2012, and the fast rollout to more countries today is due to the multi-territorial licensing process, as recommended by the European Commission last year,” explains Google Play head of …

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Google Play Gets A Design Refresh

Google announced a new redesign for Google Play on Android smartphones and tablets. It starts rolling out today. Google says the design is “simple, clean and – most importantly – helps you find great entertainment, fast.” “The new design focuses on bigger images that jump off the page,” says group product manager Michael Siliski. “Similarly themed content is grouped together …

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Google Adds Knowledge Graph Info Into Movies You’re Watching

Google has added a new feature to the Google Play Movies & TV app that lets you pause what you’re watching and figure out information about it without having to go search to find out what you’re looking for. Google Play product manager Ben Serridge writes on the Android blog: “What’s his name again? Wasn’t he the guy in that …

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Adblock Plus Gets Self-Updating App To Circumvent Google Play Ban

Last week, Google made everybody angry by announcing the retirement of Google Reader. While everybody was fuming about that, the company also started removing ad blockers from Google Play, including Adblock Plus. It didn’t take long, however, for the app to make its way back to Android. The Adblock Plus team introduced version 1.1 of its Android app today. This …

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Google Kicks Adblock Plus Out Of Google Play

In a report from February, it was found that Google stands to make about $20 billion in mobile search advertising by 2016. That won’t happen if more people start using ad block software on their mobile devices. Till Faida, creator of Adblock Plus, says that Google removed his app from the Google Play store due to “interference with another service …

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Google Play Turns One, Celebrates with Free Stuff

It’s been exactly one year since Google merged the Android Market, Google Music, and the Google eBookstore into a singular product called Google Play. So, happy first birthday, Google Play! And for a week, Google is offering some free gifts to Play users in celebration. “It was just a year ago today that we launched this amazing shop on the …

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Lawmaker Wants Larry Page To Address Google Play Privacy Concerns

Google Play, and subsequently Google Wallet, were subjected to scrutiny last week for its privacy policy. A developer found that the service sends him a customer’s personal information at the time of purchase. Some see it as a massive invasion of privacy, and one lawmaker wants answers. The Hill reports that Rep. Hank Jonhson sent a letter to Google CEO …

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Google Play Is Making More Money, But iOS Still Makes More

Google Play has always lagged behind Apple’s App Store in terms of pure revenue since its inception. That trend has not changed, but Google Play is at least starting to show signs of major growth after months of very little. App Annie recently released a study that compares revenue growth between Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The findings show …

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All Android Developers Will Soon Be Able To Reply To Reviews On Google Play

In a rather awesome move for developers, Google allowed Android developers to directly reply to reviews on Google Play back in June. Unfortunately, the ability to do so was restricted to those who had achieved “Top Developer” status on the platform. Now Google is rolling out the ability to everybody. Android Community reports that developer Dave Kover recently discovered that …

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Cookie Monster Uses Google Play To Get In Shape

Google, per its mission statement, wants to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible. The company also would like you to reinvent yourself by using its numerous products. For New Year’s, Google posted to its official blog, a list of ways to use Google products to eat better, get fiscally fit, travel more, and learn something new. I …

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Google Play Music Gets Music Matching In U.S.

Google announced via a Google+ post today that Google Play Music now has music matching in the U.S. The feature was launched in Europe last month, but now the iTunes Match-like feature, which scans your music collection and “rebuilds” it in the cloud (for free), is here in the states. Here’s what Google had to say about it: Google Play3 …

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Magazines Are Now Available On Google Play In The UK

One of the more prominent selling points of Google Play is its large magazine library. Google even includes free issues of popular magazines on new Nexus devices. Unfortunately, our friends in the UK weren’t graced with magazines or music at the launch of Google Play in the UK. Google already fixed the latter issue, and now it’s fixing the former. …

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