Google Needs Better Play Store Management as Fake BBM Apps Confuse Customers


*+-Ahead of when the BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, app is slated to debut for Android customers tomorrow, September 21, Google’s Play Store already lists at least a handful of BBM apps. While there are always third-party knock-offs or similarly named apps listed in the Play Store many times, the situation with the BBM app highlights […]

Nexus 4 Sold Out Ahead of Nexus 5 Launch


*+-After having found the sweet spot in terms of pricing for the $199 original Nexus 7, it looks like that same price point is a sweet spot for its Nexus phone as well. After a price reduction on its Nexus 4 smartphone by LG last week bringing the 8 GB model down to $199, the […]

Nexus 10 Gets a Smart Cover Accessory from Google


*+-Nexus 10 owners who want to protect or accessorize their devices may be happy to know that Google has released its first official Nexus 10 accessory in the form of the Nexus 10 cover. The Nexus 10 Cover isn’t unlike the Nexus 7 Cover in that it protects the rear of the device and has […]

Google Dumps Record 60,000 Apps From Play Store


*+-Along with a recent UI overhaul of its Play Store, Google also removed nearly 60,000 Android apps that were non-compliant, malicious, or low-quality. While digital app stores from other platforms are trying to build up their app catalogs, Google’s purge of 60,000 apps is the largest ever in the history of Android’s Play Store, which […]

New Leaked Google Play Store UI May Hint at the Future of Android


*+-A new version of the Google Play Store had leaked, and Droid-life had installed the new storefront, which takes us to a major version 4.0 upgrade, that shows a more refined UI and may hint at the future direction of Android. Potentially, given the timing of the leaked Play Store, Google may have future changes planned […]

Google Replacing Google Reader With Play News Subscription?


*+-Google had announced that it is cancelling its Google Reader RSS service effective July 1, 2013 with faithful news junkies hoping that Google would reverse course. However, when one door closes, another opens, and in the case of Google it looks like this will be the perfect opportunity to expand the Play Store franchise with […]

Google Play Store Revenue Increasing, Still Behind Apple App Store

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*+-According to this Distimo report Google’s revenue from the Play Store is rapidly increasing, but it still has a long way to go before it catches up to Apple’s iOS App Store. The report says that Google’s daily revenue from the Play Store increased by 43 percent across 20 countries in the past four months. Apple’s App […]

Nexus 4 On Sale in Google Play in UK & Germany At 5 PM Local Time


*+-Android fans in the U.K. and Germany will get another chance to buy the Nexus 4 today at 5 p.m. local time according to an Engadget report. Today people who signed up for notifications about the device in the U.K. and Germany received emails saying the Play Store will have the phones in stock later […]

Google Play Now Uses Google+ Profiles For Reviews

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*+-The Google Play Store now uses Google+ profile information to attach real names and photos to app reviews according to a TechCrunch report. Now users who want to leave a review of an app in the Play Store will need to use their real name and photo to comment. Older reviews won’t carry a user’s […]

Fake Apple Apps Hit Google’s Play Store


*+-At a cursory glance at Google’s Play Store app storefront, it appears that rival Apple has released of its flagship mobile iWork and iLife apps for the Android platform, including Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Garage Band, iMovie, and iPhoto. However, various news sites and blogs are advising that these apps may be fakes and users should […]

T-Mobile USA Nexus 4 v. Google Play Nexus 4


*+-Not all Nexus 4 smartphones are born equal, and the recently announced version from Google sold through the Internet search giant’s Play Store offers some slight variations to the model announced and sold through U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile. Let’s take a gander and explore what the nuances are and which version you’ll decide to buy […]

Native Facebook App for Android Nearing Release


*+-After having released a native app for Apple’s iOS platform, Facebook promised that a native Android version was being developed. It looks like the Android version of the social networking platform is now closer to release as insider sources to Engadget have revealed that Facebook is now in the process of final testing the Android app. […]

Google Updates Google TV With Access to Movies, Music, TV Shows


*+-Google has begun rolling out a software update for its Google TV technology, found within set top boxes and integrated in select TV sets, to give users access to more content. Specifically, the update now allows Google TV owners access to Google’s Play Store for movies, music, and TV shows. The over the air update […]

Android Play Store Now Supports Delta Updates for Smart App Updating


*+-It looks like Google may have recently enabled a new feature inside its Play Store for Android apps. Now, rather than having to download the full app with content, apps can be smartly updated with new features to allow users to save time, bandwidth, and data consumption when updating their apps, which is beneficial when […]

Unlocked HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus Now In Stock At Google Play

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*+-Our very own eagle-eyed editor Adam Mills spotted that the Galaxy Nexus is now back in stock through the Google Play Store and will ship in three to five business days. The smartphone retails for $349, an impressively low price for a contract-free, unlocked device that you can take to any GSM carrier of your […]

Galaxy Nexus Available in Play Store Again With Shipping Delays

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*+-It looks like with Samsung’s victory on gaining a temporary stay on the Galaxy Nexus injunction pending Apple’s response in that lawsuit, the Google-branded Android smartphone is once again available in the U.S. in Google’s Play Store. This would be the unlocked GSM/HSPA+ model that would work on carriers T-Mobile USA and AT&T in the […]

Android Developers Can Now Reply To User Reviews in Google Play

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*+-Android users might soon see developers responding directly to their reviews in the Google Play Store. According to the Android Developers blog, Google Play is now letting developers reply to individual reviews. Developers no longer have to address concerns in patch notes or through various social networks. Now they can respond to what users have […]