In September, Amazon released a new version of its mobile app that had a hidden app store feature built in to it. While bloggers suggested that Google would remove this app, Amazon’s app stayed where it was. However, as of today, if you search for the app on Google Play, you’ll come up with nothing. It appears that Google has finally taken action. However, if you’re still gung-ho about getting the app Amazon has you covered.
With 2014 winding to a close, Google is recapping everything that’s happened on Google Play over the year. They’ve posted up an infographic detailing the top apps, games, and media that we’ve been downloading for the past 12 months, and some of the info might surprise you.
It’s not hard to guess that Facebook was the most downloaded social app on the Play Store, and it makes sense that health and fitness apps saw the most growth thanks to the surge in wearable fitness trackers and software from major OEMs promoting an active lifestyle. Some things might surprise you, though. For the full graphic, hit the link below and let us know what you think about what we were downloading in 2014.
Google continues to refine the appearance and functionality of its Material Design-based Play Store app. In its current 5.1.11 build, the Play Store has bright colors, download badges, and plenty of other goodies. But a lot of content also got pushed below the fold into the “Read More” section.
It’s barely over a year old, but it appears the Nexus 5 is already slowly being put out to pasture. Customers looking for 2013′s Nexus flagship can still find the original black variant in the Play Store, but the red and white models have disappeared.
Need another reason to purchase a Chromecast? Purchasing the $35 media stick through Google Play, Best Buy, or Amazon will include a $20 credit to the Play Store. The deadline to purchase the Chromecast is December 21 and the credit must be added to an account by January 31, 2015. Then, the $20 credit will remain available until January 31 of next year.
The code to activate the $20 Google Play credit should be emailed to customers the same day the Chromecast was ordered.
There are good things to come in a future version of the Google Play app. The discoveries were made by Android Police after poking around the latest version of the Play Store. With the framework in place, the features should be coming soon with finishing touches in place.
Hit the break to find out what Google has in the works.
Google is currently pushing out a much-anticipated compatibility update for its official Messenger application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings users the ability to assign colors to individual chats, as well as support for emojis, a new search feature and a handful of bug fixes and speed optimizations.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Google is back at it today with a year end “best of” list for 2014. Following up on the release of best apps from a couple days ago, Google narrows things down just a bit with the release of their “Best Games of 2014.”
Like the list of best apps, the list of best games is dominated by free titles. It appears only seven out of the 100 games on the list are not free. Keep in mind though that game developers are much more likely to implement a variety of in-app purchases within their titles, whether it is things like power-ups, new levels, extra adventures or other features.
Hit the source link to check out the entire list. How many of these titles have you played in the past year? Any hidden gems out there that did not make the cut with Google that you would like to share with us?
source: Google Play
As they do at the end of every year, Google is listing their “Best Apps of 2014″ list. There are some obvious favorites, including IFTTT, SwiftKey, and Sunrise, in addition to some that you may have not heard of. Of the 64 apps on the list, only 7 are not free.
Check out the entire list via the link below.
Source: Google Play
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