Tag: Google Play Store

Short On Credit? Google Play Store Now Lets Some People Pay In Cash

Pending transactions are now live in Japan and Mexico, and Google plans to roll it out to more developing countries over time. The option lets user buy apps and pay for them in cash at convenience stores.

Google May 11, 2019

App Offering 'Gay Conversion' Therapy Removed From Google Play Store

Several organizations demanded Google to remove the app that offers 'gay conversion' therapy. After months of protests by the LGBTQ community, the tech firm removed the app that appears to brainwash the users.

Apps/Software April 2, 2019

Malicious Android App That Steals Cryptocurrency Found On The Play Store

ESET has discovered an Android app that steals cryptocurrency on the Google Play Store. Called a 'clipper,' it tricks users into depositing into the hacker's cryptocurrency wallet address instead of their own.

Security February 10, 2019

Google Is Ditching Apps Requiring Call And SMS Permissions

Google is kicking out apps asking for a user's messaging and call data from its Play Store. App developers are now asked to either republish an updated version or resubmit their apps for review.

Security January 17, 2019

Google Play Store Apps Found To Have Malware, Were Downloaded 500,000 Times: Report

Once again, someone discovers apps infested with malware inside the Google Play Store. Worse yet, some of those apps were able to reach the trending chart undetected.

Security November 25, 2018

'Fortnite Mobile' For Android Will Not Be Downloaded Through Google Play Store: Here's Why That's A Bad Idea

The 'Fortnite Mobile' for Android release date is coming soon, after being a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 exclusive for 30 days. However, the app will not be downloaded through the Google Play Store, which might be a bad idea.

Video Games August 2, 2018

North Korea Hackers Use Android Apps With Malware To Harass Defectors

A North Korea hacking team used Google Play Store apps with malware to track, threaten, and blackmail people who escaped from the authoritarian country. The defectors were invited to download the seemingly innocent apps through Facebook.

Security May 20, 2018

Google Play Store Contains Over 3,000 Android Apps For Kids That Improperly Collect Data

Researchers discovered that over 3,000 Android apps for kids on the Google Play Store improperly collect data, including nearly 300 apps that collect location or contact data without parents' permission. Can Google do something about this improper data collection issue?

Security April 16, 2018

'PUBG Mobile' Beta Now Online: Here's How To Play 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' On Your Android Phone

'PUBG Mobile' quietly started beta testing on Android devices, following the recent announcement of 'Fortnite Mobile' for the iOS and Android. Here's how to get the mobile version of 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' up and running on your Android phone.

Video Games March 15, 2018

Xbox App's Party Chat Feature Is Now Available On iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Xbox party chat application is now live and ready to download for Android and iOS users. The app permits real-time conversation among gamers and essentially extends the Xbox Live outside of the living room.

Apps/Software February 15, 2018

Here Is Our Guide To The Best Web Browser Apps For Android Phones And Tablets

Google Play Store has a large selection of web browsers for Android phones and tablets. Here are some of the best web browser apps featuring incognito mode, add-on extensions, and fast page load time.

Apps/Software January 27, 2018

Switching To Android? How To Transfer Data From iPhone To Android

Making the switch from iOS to Android? Here's a handy guide on how to transfer data, including contacts, music, and photos from iPhone to Android.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 27, 2018

Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 Gives You The Pixel 2 Experience

Rootless Pixel Launcher 3.0 is now available to download and install. Developer Amir Zaidi said the app, based on AOSP 8.1, is simple, stable, and is ready for use by Android fans from versions 5.0 and up.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 27, 2018

Chrome 64 Goes Live With An Improved Blocker For Pop-Up Ads

Google has started rolling out Chrome 64, which is touted to boast of a powerful pop-up blocker as among its upgraded features. The browser will release in stages on Android, Windows, and Mac.

Google January 25, 2018

Google Play Store Audiobooks Section Coming Soon To Challenge Amazon Audible

A banner spotted on the Google Play Store teased that there will soon be a dedicated section for the increasingly popular audiobook format. The move will allow Google to challenge Amazon, which currently dominates the market through Audible.

Google January 21, 2018

The Top 5 Best Android Games To Download On Google Play

Are you looking for new Android games to download on your phone or tablet? Be sure to check out our list of top 5 best new games for Android.

Apps/Software January 16, 2018

Google Finds Malware Showing Pornographic Ads In 60 Kids' Apps

Check Point security firm has found new malware that displays pornographic content on user’s smartphones. The malware has targeted a handful of Android apps all geared toward kids.

Google January 13, 2018

Amazon Alexa App Hits 10 Million Downloads On Google Play Store

The Amazon Echo is a huge success, and that shows by the number of sales and downloads for the device's companion app, which has hit a milestone on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Apps/Software January 1, 2018

HQ Trivia App Opens Pre-Registration For Google Play Store

HQ Trivia is finally making its way to the Android market. The Google Play Store has started pre-registering interested parties.

Apps/Software December 27, 2017

Haven App By Edward Snowden Transforms Android Phones Into Mobile Home Security Systems

Haven is a free app that can turn any Android smartphone into a home security system. The app, which was released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, utilizes the array of sensors included in all smartphones to provide protection.

Apps/Software December 23, 2017

Google Play Store Will Now Downrank Apps Prone To Crashing And Other Performance Issues

Google has found another way to demote certain Android apps in the Play Store. Now, if an app is found to crash frequently, users will less likely see it in app listings and search rankings.

Apps/Software August 7, 2017

Xavier Android Malware Found In Over 800 Google Play Store Apps: How Is It Different From Other Malware?

A new Android malware named Xavier was detected in over 800 apps on the Google Play Store. Here's what makes Xavier different and more dangerous from other malware, and what you can do to protect yourself.

Google June 26, 2017

New Google Play Services Feature Will Allow You To Pause Updates: How Will This Benefit Android O Users?

A new feature for Google Play Services that is currently being tested will allow Android device users to pause over-the-air updates. The feature is expected to widely roll out alongside the public release of Android O.

Google May 21, 2017

Netflix No Longer Available In Google Play Store For Unlocked And Rooted Android Smartphones

The Android app of Netflix is no longer available on the Google Play Store for unlocked and rooted Android devices. The move is related to the fight of Netflix against piracy, but legitimate users may also be affected.

Google May 15, 2017

Google Play Store Launches ‘Free App Of The Week’ Section: ‘Card Wars - Adventure Time’ Is Up First

Google has added a section inside the Play Store that’ll feature a free app each week, staving off their premium price points for a limited time. This makes it more parallel to Apple’s App Store, which employs a similar concept.

Apps/Software March 27, 2017

HTC Sense Companion Virtual Assistant Now Available From Play Store, Borrowed From HTC U Ultra And U Play

HTC has released a virtual assistant called Sense Companion with its recent U Ultra and U Play smartphones, and now it's expanding the assistant's availability. The HTC Sense Companion app is now available on Google Play for other HTC devices as well.

Apps/Software March 15, 2017

Capcom’s Arcade Shooter ‘1942 Mobile’ Is Now Available To Download For iOS And Android

Capcom released the mobile game based on its popular aracade shooter in the Google Play Store on Thursday.

Apps/Software March 9, 2017

Google Play Turns Five: The Most Popular Downloads Include 'Candy Crush,' Facebook And Adele’s '25'

'Candy Crush Saga' was the most downloaded game in the Google Play Store since its launch.

Google March 7, 2017

Google Play Store March 2017: The New Apps, Music, Movies And TV Shows Available To Download

New titles coming to Google Play in March include the movie 'Rogue One,' the game 'Power Rangers: Legacy Wars,' and music by Ed Sheeran.

Apps/Software March 7, 2017

Windows Malware Alert: Over 130 Apps On Google Play Store Attempted To Infect Users

The Google Play Store was affected by malware which led to over 130 apps installing malicious Windows files. The malware contained concealed IFrames which linked users to local HTML pages containing malicious domains.

Apps/Software March 2, 2017

Google Pixel And Pixel XL Owners Encountering Bluetooth Issues, February Security Patch To Blame?

Google Pixel and Pixel XL users are facing a bizarre Bluetooth connectivity issue. It is believed that the problem has been introduced in the smartphones by Google's February security patch.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 23, 2017

Google Could Remove Millions Of Apps From The Google Play Store Next Month

Google is asking developers to make sure they have a privacy policy in place or else their app could get removed from the Play Store next month.

Apps/Software February 10, 2017

YouTube Go Beta Released On Google Play Store: Save Videos For Offline Viewing, Share Them With Friends

Google has silently released a beta version of the YouTube Go app on the Google Play Store. The app works like the regular YouTube app, but with added features to cater to users who are often on limited internet connections.

Google February 10, 2017

Samsung Pay Mini Heading To Android Devices This Quarter

Samsung has announced the Pay Mini app in South Korea, which will be available for all Android smartphones. The service will be compatible with smartphones running Android Lollipop or above.

Apps/Software February 3, 2017

Google Play Store February 2017: The New Apps, Music, Movies And TV Shows Available To Download

New titles available in February in the Google Play Store include the mobile game ‘Fire Emblem: Heroes,’ the movie ‘Doctor Strange,’ and the book ‘Empire’s End: Aftermath.’

Apps/Software February 1, 2017

Super Mario Run Update Adds New Easy Mode, Toad Rally Changes, And More To The Mix

Nintendo has already unleashed the 'Super Mario Run' version 1.1.0, considered to be its biggest update since its release. Changes include a new mode that features unlimited lives and the lifting of the time limit.

Video Games February 1, 2017

Android Wear 2.0 Final Developer Preview Out, Consumer Launch Expected In Early February

Google has outed the fifth and final developer preview of Android Wear 2.0. With bug fixes and further enhancements on board, Android Wear 2.0 is expected to go live in early February.

Wearable Tech January 25, 2017

BEWARE: After HummingBad, Malware 'HummingWhale' Infects Android: 2 Million Downloads On Google Play Store

A new version of the malware that attacked mobile devices last year has resurfaced. Dubbed as the 'HummingWhale' by security experts, the malware made money out of hijacked ad views made from infected phones.

Defense January 24, 2017

OnePlus 3T And OnePlus 3 Get Oxygen OS 4.0.2 Update, Fixes Google Play Store Bug

OnePlus has started the incremental rollout of OxygenOS 4.0.2 for its OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 smartphones. The company claims to have fixed the Google Play Store issue with this update.

Apps/Software January 18, 2017

Russia Demands Apple And Google To Remove Blocked LinkedIn From Local App Stores

Russia demanded Apple and Google to take down the app of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn from the country's app stores. LinkedIn's website was blocked by Russia in November of last year, as the service was said to have violated data localization laws.

Apps/Software January 7, 2017

Daydream VR Apps Not Selling As Well As Expected: Some Paid Apps Installed Only 5,000 Times At Most

A look at the installation figures of Google Daydream View VR apps at the Play Store reveals many titles are getting downloaded by 1,000 to 5,000 users. The platform was launched in October last year.

Wearable Tech January 2, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Game Pack Gives S7, S7 Edge Users In-Game Content: Free 'Hearthstone' Packs, 100 'Township' Cash, And More

Samsung is offering a treasure trove of in-game rewards and bonuses for 14 Play Store titles in what it calls as the Galaxy Game Pack. The bonuses, however, are only available for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices.

Apps/Software December 19, 2016

Earthquake-Detection App Recorded Nearly 400 Temblors Worldwide Using Crowdsourced Data

After the release of the MyShake app for detecting earthquakes, UC Berkeley’s worldwide network has recorded 400 earthquakes in a span of 10 months from February to December with confirmed waveforms. The app can detect the first seismic waves and send the information to Berkeley Seismological Laboratory for analysis and advance alerts to the concerned regions.

Earth/Environment December 18, 2016

Google Starts Testing Separate Play Store Sections For Apps And Games

Google is apparently experimenting with a new Play Store layout that will separate apps and games in different sections. There’s no word, however, on when this update will push out.

Apps/Software December 8, 2016

Want Fingerprint Gestures Of Google Pixel And Pixel XL? This App Will Let You Enable The Feature On Your Android Marshmallow Smartphone

If you have been hankering for the fingerprint gestures support the Google Pixel XL and Pixel handsets boast, then a new app called Fingerprint Gestures is the answer to your prayers. It will enable owners of Android Marshmallow devices to use the nifty feature on their phones.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 14, 2016

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