Items tagged with Google Play

Just over month ago, Bethesda quenched the appetites of longtime Fallout fanatics with gameplay footage of Fallout 4. But that wasn’t all that Bethesda had in store for fans, it also released Fallout Shelter, a mobile app which lets you take charge of your own underground nuclear shelter. At the time, the Fallout Shelter was only made available for iOS users, but that will change come August 13th. On that date Bethesda will make the game available to Android users as well. When the Android version lands, it will also bring with it some fresh updates that include a robot companion named Mr. Handy.... Read more...
We’ve all probably been there before — you read about an awesome new app that you are just dying to get your hands on. The problem arises when you find out that the app won’t be released for a few months (or longer), and there’s no exact release date in sight. And by the time that the developer does get around to releasing the title, you’ve likely by then forgotten all about it. Luckily, Google has come up with a rather simple, but incredibly useful option that will be available to Google Play users. First noticed by Android Police, developers will allow you to “pre-register” for an app before... Read more...
Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, really stuck a knife into Google’s stomach yesterday at the Microsoft Ignite conference. More specifically, Myerson took issue with Google’s reluctance to prod its carrier partners into delivering timely OS updates for devices that run Android. "Google ships a big pile of… code, with no commitment to update your device," Myerson said yesterday when referencing the current state of Android fragmentation. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving... Read more...
Google's plan to disrupt the wireless world is one step closer to fruition with its Project Fi now available to download from Google Play. Project Fi, in case you missed our previous coverage, is a new wireless service offered by Google exclusive to Nexus 6 owners. Through Project Fi, Google turns itself into a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) piggybacking on T-Mobile and Sprint. Whichever partner has the strongest LTE signal in any given area is the one that Nexus 6 wielding Project Fi subscribers will connect to. In addition, Project Fi also taps into millions of Google-approved open Wi-Fi... Read more...
Do you hear that noise? It's a collective nerdgasm emanating from Star Wars fans around the globe at the news that all six Star Wars movies will be available to purchase on Digital HD for the first time ever on April 10, 2015. That's this Friday, folks, so go ahead and start planning an epic Stars Wars weekend filled with hours of movie watching and bonus footage, including never-before-seen content. "Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation," said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios.... Read more...
Threat researcher Zhi Xu is reporting a widespread vulnerability in Google's Android operating system that is capable of exposing up to 49.5% of users to spyware, via a two-front alliance formed between apps downloaded from Google Play and from legitimate third-party app stores such as Amazon and Samsung. Given the not-very-creative name "Android Installer Hijacking", the vulnerability reported by Xu — who is a senior engineer at Palo Alto Networks — allows potential attackers to modify or replace seemingly benign Android apps with malware without the user's knowledge. In the event scenario,... Read more...
Google has taken heat over malicious apps in Google Play that feign innocent intentions but are really up to no good. To Google's credit, it removes such apps once it's aware of them, though that's a reactionary solution to the problem. Moving forward, Google will review all apps and updates before making them available in Google Play. This is a human-driven effort involving a team of experts, Google says. Their job is to look for any and all violations of Google's developer policies, and to root them out earlier in the app lifecycle. According to Google, the process is swift and won't unnecessarily... Read more...
As online shopping experiences go, Google Play is remarkably clutter free. Whether you’re in the apps section or browsing movie selections, you’re greeted with the same, clean design. Right now, searches in Google Play don’t include the kinds of sponsored results you see when you search on Google.com. But soon, that will change.“We are always looking for new ways to help you get your apps in front of potential new users,” Google told app developers in a statement. “That’s why, in the next few weeks, we will begin piloting sponsored search results on Google Play, bringing our unique expertise in... Read more...
News broke last week that YouTube was going to follow in the footsteps of Netflix and offer a family-friendly version of its streaming service for kids, and the report turned out to be true. The YouTube Kids app is now available to download from Google Play and Apple's App Store, the two most popular mobile platforms in the world. "Today, we’re introducing the YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. The app makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore, and is available for free on and the in the U.S.,"... Read more...
Sony released “The Interview” in select theaters as well as on YouTube and Google Play despite a massive data breach and terrorist-style threats that were meant to stymie the project. Thanks to the publicity that stemmed from the attack on Sony Pictures, “The Interview” has become Sony’s most successful online movie by raking in $15 million in sales though Saturday. According to Sony, The movie was rented or downloaded over 2 million times since it was released on Tuesday. It is Sony’s highest grossing online release of all time, far outpacing successes such as “Snowpiercer”... Read more...
Despite #GOP’s, the hacker group claiming responsibility for the massive data breach at Sony Pictures, efforts to make sure “The Interview” is never shown in theaters, such is not the case. While Sony originally announced that the movie would not be shown in theaters, it later rescinded that decision and will be showing the movie in select theaters. However, Google has announced that “The Interview” is now available on YouTube and Google Play.According to Google chief legal officer David Drummond, Sony had been contacting various companies to ask if they would make “The Interview” available online.... Read more...
We're fast approaching the finish line for 2014, and with less than three weeks remaining before it's time to pin up a new calendar, it's a good time to reflect on the past 12 months. Google made it easy for Android users to do exactly that -- the search giant posted a list of the most downloaded Android apps, games, movies, music, news, and books of 2014 on Google Play, and there are a few surprises on the list.As you would expect, apps like Facebook, Netflix, TripAdvisor, and Panodra made the list in their respective categories (Social, Entertainment, Travel, and Music). However, the fastest... Read more...
It looks as though Amazon has been up to some shenanigans with its main app on Google Play. The online retailer launched a hidden and functional app store inside of its Android application, which resulted in Google removing it from the Play Store. Back in September, Amazon rolled out a new feature within its main app that contained a fully functional Appstore, circumventing Google’s standard operating procedure for installing apps from rival app stores. Within two weeks of releasing its "app store within an app", Google updated its Developer Distribution Agreement to forbid... Read more...
Google has ramped up its efforts to distance itself from sites and services that are known to engage in or otherwise promote copyright infringement. Earlier this year, Google retooled its search algorithm so that it would sink search results associated with copyright infringement, and now the Mountain View company has begun pulling apps from its Play Store that are associated with Pirate Bay, one of the most popular hangouts on the web for pirates. According to TorrentFreak, Google showed at least four Pirate Bay-related apps the door so far. They include The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium,... Read more...
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