Items tagged with Google Play

Google’s long-needed quest to untangle its core services from the mediocre web of Google+ is finally picking up the pace. The exodus continues today, as you will no longer need a Google+ account in order to access the Play Games service. Google notes that gamers will only have to sign-in once using their standard Google account and will no longer have to sign-in for future games, as this process will become automatic. This means that gamer will no longer be presented with an annoying popup telling them to sign-in for each title. If you’re not a fan auto-sign-in, you can always disable the feature... Read more...
Do you have a tough time getting up in the morning? If your routine involves hitting the snooze button on your alarm only to go right back to sleep and repeat the cycle half a dozen times, then you might want to give Microsoft's latest app a try. It's called Mimicker Alarm, and it's one of a growing list of Microsoft-made apps for Android. Mimicker Alarm takes a different approach to waking you up. It essentials annoys the snot of you with silly tasks that take the place of hitting the off or snooze button. For example, the app might ask you to take a selife with a specific facial expression in... Read more...
Struggling for ideas for stocking stuffers? With only 10 days until Christmas, it's understandable if you're feeling the stress of the holiday season, though Google's offering to do you a solid if you pick up a second generation Chromecast dongle. If you make your purchase by January 2, 2016, you'll receive a $20 Google Play credit.The second generation Chromecast dongle normally runs $35, though Google has it marked down to $30 for the moment. You can save another $5 if you buy a two-pack, which Google is selling for $55. However, the $20 Google Play credit is limited to "one offer redemption... Read more...
HTC could definitely use a boost when it comes to smartphone sales. The company that was once a shining star for the Android movement has been surpassed by flashier competitors like Samsung and budget Chinese rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi. To help gets some of its mojo back, HTC is offering up some holiday promotions to entice buyers to embrace its products.HTC One M9 One of the most attractive offers revolves around the company’s flagship One M9 smartphone. HTC is currently offering the smartphone for $649, which is its regular MSRP. That is by no means an eye-catching price, but the company is... Read more...
Coordinating an activity with a group of friends isn't always easy. It looks like Google wants to change that -- as well as tap into your spontaneous side -- through a new app for Android and iOS deviced called "Who's Down - Fall 2015" (just Who's Down from here on out). The only thing is, you need to an invite to use it.Based on the app's description and accompanying screenshot, the premise seems simple. When you're bored or otherwise free to do something, you flip the slider on the app's main page "to let friends know you're down to meet up." Your status lasts for a set period of time -- a screenshot... Read more...
Looking for a high end handset? Chances are you've eyeballed Galaxy devices from Samsung and iPhone models from Apple. Lest anyone forget, HTC is also a player in the performance smartphone segment, and to tempt users towards its One M9 handset, the company is offering a generous $100 in Google Play credit with purchase.Yes, we meant to put two zeros in that figure -- one hundred dollars, in other words. That's not an insignificant amount of credit, which you can use to purchase movies, music, games, and more. The only catch is that you have to purchase the device direct from HTC, which is going... Read more...
Apple's first foray into Google Play isn't going so well. The company made its introduction to Android users with "Move to iOS," an app designed to help Android users transfer their photos, messages, contacts, and other data over to an iPhone, the presumption being that they've seen the light and it shines brighter with iOS. "Everything about iOS is designed to be easy. That includes switching to it," Apple states on the app's Google Play listing. "With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app. No need to save your... Read more...
Android fans are in a tizzy over a new app in Google Play that helps users move their content from an Android device to an iPhone or iPad. Apple built the app, which is called "Move to iOS," and made it available for free in Google Play where it's getting hammered by user reviews. It has a 2-star rating out of more than 7,300 user reviews. Most of the ratings are split between 1-star (5,708) and 5 stars (1,374), with a spattering of 2-4 star ratings in between. "Everything about iOS is designed to be easy. That includes switching to it. With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically... Read more...
Amazon is taking another stab at promoting apps on the Android platform with the launch of Underground. The Underground app gives Android users access to free games and apps, which is nothing new for those familiar with Amazon’s long-running “Free App of the Day” promotion. However, where Underground take a slightly different (and interesting) turn is that apps and games are labeled “Actually Free” by Amazon, meaning that not only are the apps free, but also the associated in-app purchases. So you’ll never have to worry about forking over additional money to get the most out of what previously... Read more...
If you're wondering why all your Android device-toting buddies are no longer answering your messages, there's a reasonable explanation. They've all been abducted by aliens! Just kidding -- the real reason you can't get in touch with them is because they're playing Fallout Shelter...on their Android gadgets! Did we blow your mind? No, they haven't hacked their Android smartphones and tablets to run iOS, previously the only mobile platform you could play Fallout Shelter. Instead, Bethesda Softworks finally got around to porting the anticipated title to Android, just as promised, which is now available... Read more...
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...
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