Items tagged with Google Play

A growing trend in mobile is fitness, and if you're concerned about your health, there are tools available to help you reach your fitness goals. It's not just one platform either -- Apple is pushing HealthKit, Samsung has S Health, and Google is officially in the game with Google Fit, a new Android app capable of tracking your activity. With Google Fit installed, just carrying your phone in your pocket is enough to track your walking, running, and cycling activity. There's no voodoo magic going on, the app uses your phone's built-in sensors and is capable of displaying information from any third-party... Read more...
One of the most frustrating realizations as consumers is knowing that you just purchased the wrong item, or that the item doesn't live up to your expectations. Heck, it might not even work at all. Where mobile marketplaces are concerned, running into this issue is common. When an app costs only a buck or two, people tend to be a little more laid-back when it comes to purchasing. That still doesn't mean that people don't get burned though, or run into an issue that warrants a refund. While it was once a staggering 24 hours, Google's Play Store currently offers a 15-minute return window that kicks-off... Read more...
Box continues to think outside of itself (see what we did there?) with new and improved ways to approach the cloud storage game. Following the launch of a redesigned app for iOS users, Box just rolled out an overhauled version for team Android, as well as a special bonus for LG device owners -- 50GB of free space. Dubbed "Box for Android 3.0," this latest release represents a pretty significant update focused on making the cloud storage service both faster and more intuitive. To accomplish those goals, the latest release offers up a bunch of features. There's now a lightening quick document previewer... Read more...
You can now use eBay's PayPal service to pay for purchases made through Google Play, the search giant announced. The new feature went live in a dozen countries, including the United States, Canada, and Germany. If if you live in one of 12 countries being served by the new feature, you'll find PayPal as a payment option in your Google Wallet. "Just enter your PayPal account login and you'll easily be able to make purchases. Our goal is to provide users with a frictionless payment experience, and this new integration is another example of how we work with partners from across the payments industry... Read more...
As much as we like Android -- and we like it quite a bit around these parts -- there's no denying that Google could step up its game and more actively police its app store (Google Play) for malicious or otherwise deceptive content. Taking a step in that direction, Google made some changes and additions to its Google Play Developer Program Policy. Most of the changes are outlined in a new section called "App Promotion" and deal with deceptive behavior. Google isn't necessarily pointing the fingers at any developers here, though it is making things clear that app developers are responsible for doing... Read more...
Security researchers at Trend Micro report finding a new Android malware family designed to mine crytocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin. The malicious mining code is being repackaged in copies of popular apps like Football Manger Handheld and TuneIn Radio. To hide the code, malware writers modify the Google Mobile Ads portion of the app, allowing them to slip into Google Play. Once installed, the hidden code gets busy mining virtual currencies in the background. It detects when there's an Internet connection so that the CPU miner can connect to a dynamic domain, which then redirects... Read more...
Believe it or not, malware for Android exists, and the best way to avoid it is by only downloading apps from trusted sources, such as Google Play. That said, you're still not immune to threats, and according to security firm Avast, makers of self-titled antivirus software, the newest threat to the Android platform is a night vision camera app it found on Google Play. "We’ve already blogged about plenty of threats that sneak onto your device from trusted sources, but here we have a really fresh one, one that is still undetected by other security vendors. An Application called Cámara... Read more...
App developers hoping to make a quick buck piggybacking on the Flappy Bird craze that somehow has been able to simultaneously entertain and frustrate scores of gamers will have to be at least a little more creative than building an obvious clone and calling it "Flappy" something or other. In an attempt to fend off a barrage of clones, it appears both Apple and Google are now rejecting games with "Flappy" in the title. The folks at TechCrunch went and collected a handful of Twitter posts from developers claiming their apps (or apps from people they know) were denied entrance into iTunes or Google... Read more...
Good news, photography buffs -- all Android users now have access to Motorola's Droid Zap, a photo sharing application that was previously exclusive to Droid devices. Prior to the latest update, the best a non-Droid user could do was peek at which photos were being shared by Droid Zap users within 1,000 feet, but they weren't allowed to share their own. The latest update -- version 2.1 -- removes the requirement for a members-only jacket so that any Android phone can send and receive photos. The lone exception is a feature called Zap Zone, which was just added and is exclusive to Droid owners (for... Read more...
Google apparently isn't thinking straight these days, or at best, you could say the search giant's logic is flawed. How so? Well, the sultan of search contacted famed modder CyanogenMod and told him he could either remove his CyanogenMod installer from Google Play, or Google would remove it for him, adding that the app is in violation of Google Play's developer terms. Here's the deal. The CyanogenMod installer has one purpose and one purpose only -- it guides users through installing the custom CyanogenMod firmware on their Android devices with a single tap. Part of that process involves enabling... Read more...
You can debate all day long how much of a threat malware truly poses to Google's Android platform, but if you want to err on the side of caution, there are antivirus solutions available to you. The most popular appears to be AVG's free AV app, which just leapfrogged over 100 million downloads on Google Play. That's an impressive achievement and one that puts the app in the same company as WhatsApp, Skype, Twitter, and others that fall into the 100-500 million downloads club. Even more impressive than making it into the 100-500 million downloads category is being the only the AV app represented... Read more...
Without a doubt, Google's upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone built by LG has to be the worst kept secrets on the web, and perhaps that's by design. The latest confirmation that a Nexus 5 exists -- and is close to being released -- is that someone on Google's web team was a little overzealous yesterday and posted the product live in Google Play. Marketing stunt? That's certainly a possibility, though it could just as easily been a clumsy error since hardly any details were provided. One thing that did appear, however, is the price tag. The Nexus 5 was listed at $349 for the 16GB model, and if that ends... Read more...
Good news, soccer fans -- you can practice your "Gooooooooooaaaaal!" celebration because FIFA 14 from Electronic Arts is now available for iOS and Android devices. Even better, it's a free download, though if you're insistent on lighting the load in your wallet, you can make in-app purchases for FIFA points. One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need at least 1.35GB of free space available, so check your storage beforehand and make any necessary adjustments. Once installed, you'll have access to 33 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players. "From the English Premier League... Read more...
Google's hugely popular 8GB Nexus 4 smartphone has left the Google Play building, and like Elvis, it's never coming back. It didn't take long for the unlocked handset to sell out after Google slashed $100 off the price, knocking down the cost of ownership to $199 (outright, not subsidized). The 16GB Nexus 4 is still in stock and available to purchase for $249, which is arguably the better buy out of the two anyway. There isn't a microSD card on either of the Nexus 4 models, so whichever capacity you invest in, that's what you're stuck with for the life of the phone, at least in terms of local storage.... Read more...
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