Google expands Android’s ‘Verify apps’ feature for security

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Security is something very important these days. And Google is taking the extra step to give the massive amount of Android users it has safe. Android already has the ‘Verify apps’ feature. What this does is scans applications from outside sources and not from Google Play. But now, Google will make the ‘Verify apps’ feature continually scan your device for applications that are rather suspicious.

Chances are you will not ever be affected by a suspicious application, though. Google says “that fewer than 0.18% of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful.” So if you are downloading applications from somewhere other than the Play Store, just proceed with caution.

Source: Android Official Blog

Google Play Movies & TV gets updated with Info Cards and a minor facelift

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The Google Play Movies & TV application is currently getting the version 3.1.22 update pushed out to users. On the user interface side, Google has finally added a slide-out menu. It is very similar to the one found when using the Play Store itself. The slide-out menu includes Watch Now, My Movies, My TV Shows, On Device, and Shop with the usual Settings and Help & Feedback.

On the playback side of things, the app now has Info Cards. These cards will automatically be displayed as soon as a video is paused. So instead of pausing the video and having to cue the content, it will pop-up right away. Info Cards display information regarding the actors and actresses on-screen.

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HTC releases Dot View app to Google Play

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Since releasing the HTC One (M8) the company has been on a bit of roll with releasing core services to Google Play. They have already announced the availability of BlinkFeed and Zoe in Google Play now or coming up soon. The big question for many is what other devices, even from other manufacturers, will HTC make these apps available to run on. One app that probably won’t have any application outside of HTC devices is the software powering the Dot View cases introduced this week. Nevertheless, HTC is now making HTC Dot View available for install through Google Play. » Read the rest

Could HTC release Blinkfeed to other Android devices?

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HTC’s announcement of the HTC One (M8) yesterday came with news about an update to their UI overlay for their devices. One of the biggest components of HTC Sense 6, or Sixth Sense, is the BlinkFeed app. The app is a feed aggregator that collects information from social networks, your calendar, news sources, and other content and puts it all in one single stream. Currently, BlinkFeed is only available on the HTC One (M8). » Read the rest

Developers can have varied “What’s New” descriptions in the Play Store for different builds

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Google just keeps making things easier for developers. Starting today, developers can tailor the “What’s New” description in the Play Store for the different builds of an application. Have the beta? Developers can make you “What’s New” description different than the displayed for an alpha build. It is great and all, but developers just have to take the initiative of doing so.

Source: Android Developer

Google giving away HD version of “Big” as part of second birthday specials

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In celebration of its second birthday, Google’s Play service is offering a completely free digital version of the classic Tom Hanks movie, “Big.” On top of it being free, it’s even the HD version. If you’ve never seen the movie, or if you just need something to watch, there’s really no reason not to grab this one.

Who’s planning on streaming this one to their Chromecast this weekend? Hit the break for download links.

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Enjoy the harmony of…smashing stuff with Smash Hit

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If you are looking for a surreal journey through a new virtual dimension, soothed by the sounds music, the new title Smash Hit may get you part of the way there. However, your relaxation will be broken by the sound of breaking glass and other objects being smashed as you employ destructive physics models to journey as far as possible into this new environment. You may not find yourself relaxed either as Smash Hit requires some focus, concentration and good timing. » Read the rest

QuizUp quickly moves to Google Play

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Just a couple days ago we reported on QuizUp, the popular trivia game, making the move to the Android platform. At the time it appeared a public release would take place next week. However, beta testing must have gone extremely well as the title is now available in Google Play. The game lets you challenge friends online or take on random players from around the globe in a head-to-head trivia competition. QuizUp developers say there are over 400 topics available with new ones being added every week. » Read the rest

Google Play celebrates second birthday with lots of deals

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After going through a couple iterations, Google finally decided to brand their version of an app store, along with music, movies, books and other stuff, as Google Play. It may be hard to believe, but that move to unify their online stores and implement a single brand occurred only two years ago. To help celebrate the anniversary of that change, Google is holding a “Happy Birthday” celebration with deals on a variety of goodies. » Read the rest

Feature-rich Google URL Shortener app in Google Play

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If you enjoy sharing links to stuff you have found while surfing around the Internet, you no doubt have made use of a URL shortener at some time. Developer Thomas Devaux is bringing the power of URL shortening to Android with the new Google URL Shortener app. The app includes some nice integration touches for use on smartphones or tablets, like the ability to “share” a short URL from any app or copy the new, short URL to the clipboard. » Read the rest