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Legacy Play Store Allows You To See A List of Your Purchased Apps Again

Before the Android Market switched over to the Play Store the Market allowed you to see a list of your purchased apps under a “Not installed” section. After the transition to the Play Store, at some point along the update line, the list of paid apps went away. If you’re wanting the ability to see that list again, Paul O’Brien over at Modaco, has solved the problem. You can get the Legacy Play Store app that will solve your problem by bringing back the “Not installed” list of apps.

Paul was able to get the old version of the Play Store client and with some tinkering around, he was able to make it run alongside the official Play Store. Once again, in the Legacy Play Store your apps will have a My Apps screen with a list of all the paid apps you’ve purchased that are not installed on your device. The current version of the Play Store has a tab for all of your apps that are installed or you’ve ever installed, and lumps these together with any apps you’ve purchased. If you’ve purchased a  lot of apps, you may find yourself having trouble finding the small handful of paid apps you want for your respective devices.

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Tizen OS set to run Android apps

Have you ever heard of the Tizen Operating System? Neither had we until today however what we do know about it is that the HTML 5 based, open source platform is looking to Android’s flourishing Play Store to give it a leg-up. Tizen has clearly taken some inspiration from RIM who famously solved the riddle of how to attract developers to a new platform by sidestepping it completely and simply loading the Android Market to the Blackberry Playbook.

Open Mobile is the company behind the trick, a solution it has named ‘Application Compatibility Layer‘ (ACL) which supposedly allows you to run Android applications on a Tizen device with 100% compatibility and maximum responsiveness. Impressive indeed if the claims are well founded.

Check out the video below that demonstrates Android applications running on Tizen. Will you be keeping your eye on the development of this new platform? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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source : The Handheld Blog

Google Adds Play Store Link To Their Toolbars In An Effort To Better Advertise The Newly Branded Android Market

If you’ve been navigating through your regular Google products such as Google+, Gmail, Maps and Documents, you may have noticed a little change to the toolbar.  Google has begun adding their Google Play Store link in an effort to advertise for the newly branded online entertainment extravaganza.  However, for some odd reason it’s not appearing on their home page.  In any event, it’s there now and still doesn’t cause any less confusion than it did before for the many who were confused at the initial re-branding.


Jamie Rosenberg Replaces Eric Chu as Google Play Store Leader

Looks like the Android Market transition to the Google Play Store wasn’t the only change Google was making. Eric Chu, Android team member and overseer of the Android Market for over four years, is exploring other positions within the company.

Replacing him will be Jamie Rosenberg, director of digital content for Android, and the public face of the Google Music launch. Though his title isn’t changing, Rosenberg will get increased oversight for apps and games. Rosenberg hails from Microsoft, and before that from Andy Rubin’s past company Danger, where he served as vice president of premium services.

According to sources, the management of the Android Market had two heads, Eric Chu heading up developer relations and business development, and David Conway in charge of product management. Having two equal leaders overseeing the team led to some confusion as to who was in charge and caused some political issues. Shifting to a single leader in Rosenberg seems like a good move.

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Android Apps Gain Some Heft: Now up to 4 GB

Android app developers will have a much bigger world to explore from now on. The Android Developers Blog has announced that the maximum size for an Android app will no longer be 50 MB, but 4 GB. This will open the door for apps that need all the resources they can get, like 3D games.

The APK file for an app will still be limited to 50 MB, but now there is the ability to add two expansion files that can be up to 2 GB each. These files will be hosted by the Android Market, and that will translate to savings for the developers as they no longer need to pay for the file serving.

The blog had some good news for people downloading the apps, as well. You’ll now be able to see the total size of the app before you purchase it, and the download of the expansion files should start automatically on most newer devices. Best of all, the 15 minute refund time frame won’t start until after the download finishes. You’ll no longer miss some of your time to consider if you like the app on a lengthy download.

Check out the source link below to get the nitty gritty details of these changes.

source: Android Developers Blog

YouTube Update Brings HD Streaming to Some Froyo and Gingerbread Devices

An update to the YouTube app has been made available in the Android Market that brings HD video streaming to capable Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices. So what devices are considered “capable”? Well, it seems like it’s a crap shoot, with some devices not seeing the market update at all, and some others reportedly not able to install it from the market if they do see it.

Market problems are not unheard of, and with over 400,000 apps it’s certainly understandable that some may have issues, but why the problem with one of Google’s own apps?

Check the market to see if you’re one of the lucky ones by clicking the link or scanning the QR code after the break.

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Data From Android Market Suggests Less Than One Million Google TV 2.0 Upgrades

It’s no secret that GoogleTV hasn’t made the largest splash in the smart TV sector. This isn’t to say that it’s done horribly, but it’s safe to say that work still needs to be done to facilitate higher adoption rates. It’s also fairly hard to judge the number of GoogleTV’s in the wild, since Google and it’s partners don’t really like to give out the sales numbers. This is where Xyologic comes in; an app search company that allows users to find mobile apps across various platforms. They’ve recently released results that suggest, based on an estimate of the active install base for pre-installed GoogleTV apps, that the number of GoogleTV’s actively in use are between 500,000 and 1 million, of which the Logitech Revue dominates 50 to 70 percent.

It’s very important to point out that these numbers are estimates only, and do not actually resemble sales numbers, which could contain variables such as people that purchased the hardware but never even ended up using it. Another variable that these numbers don’t reflect are GoogleTV units that are running v1.0 of the software, which don’t show up on Android Market data. This data does still provide insight into usage of GoogleTV, and although the numbers aren’t exceptional, I wouldn’t say Google is out for the count just yet.

source: xyologic

Google Music Leap Year Sale: 29 Albums Only $2.99 Each

Looks like Google is offering another one of their Google Music sales in celebration of leap year, but you better act quick as it ends tonight. Currently there are 29 full albums to chose from and each one will only run you $2.99. This can be a great opportunity to add to your online music collection so you can stream even more tunes to your Android device. From hip-hop to country there is bound to be something in this selection you can groove to. Hit up one of the links below to check out Google Music’s one-day-only sale.


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TSF Shell Pro 3D Now Available In the Android Market and It’s Not Cheap

You guys remember that enticing looking launcher replacement we told you about a while back, TSF Shell Pro 3D? Well the countdown is over and the app is finally available in the Android Market… for $17. Yeah, you read right, seven.. teen dollars. I am sure many of you are already saying “oh, hell no”, but before you go and dismiss the idea all together maybe we should revisit how cool this launcher really is.

Along with being extremely polished and smooth, TSF Shell (as it is now titled) has features and functions that no other launcher replacement has even dreamed of having. It comes with a completely unique screen switcher that allows you to arrange and customize 5 different homescreens to your liking. The first homescreen serves as an app drawer from which you can then move apps to the other homescreens and/or  create folders. The way in which you can arrange apps and folders is one that will take some getting used to, having a lasso tool that allows you to select multiple items to do various tasks with, like creating folders for example. Once you draw a lasso around your desired apps you can then access a pop-up menu (see gallery) that has arrange, gather, multi-select, delete, and create folder as options. You really just need to revisit the demo video below to see what it is that I am trying to explain here. Read more

Camera ICS+ Gives Your Non-ICS Device the Stock Android 4.0 Camera and More

I am sure by now many of you have seen the newest Android camera that comes stock on all devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Some of you may even be a bit jealous that the camera on your device running Gingerbread, Honeycomb or Froyo can’t do all the neat added features that come equipped with the stock ICS camera app. What if I told you that yes, you could have the newest Android camera interface and features plus a whole slew of other features on your pre ICS device? Enter the Camera ICS+ app. An almost exact duplicate of the stock ICS camera, Camera ICS+ will give you all the ICS camera features and more.

First off, to begin, there is both a free and paid version of the app but for $0.99 you can snap pictures all day long without having an annoying ad plastered in your viewfinder. The major difference between this app and the stock ICS app is added filters and the ability to utilize the volume buttons as either a zoom feature, auto focus, shutter, or a combination of auto focus and shutter (the latter is one feature I really wish Google would have added in the first place, it’s really handy). Some  of the other features include: Read more