[Deal] Free episodes, discounted seasons of Bravo shows available through Google Play

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People can bash reality television as much as they want but Bravo will continue delivering shows with fiery feuds and lively personalities that lead to solid ratings. Google Play has free episodes from eleven of the network’s shows available for free. All of them are from their respective first seasons. Then, Google Play has also discounted the current or last seasons, with one or two exceptions, of the same shows.

Why not pick up a few episodes of The Real Housewives or Shahs of Sunset to watch before hopping into a full season of Flipping Out?

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On your mark, get set…Yak Dash

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Fans of side-scrolling racing games have a new title available in the Google Play Store for their amusement. Yak Dash: Horns of Glory from Mutant Labs is inspired by traditional Tibetan yak racing as players mount up their steeds and take on 17 levels of racing courses on four different mountain ranges. Like most titles in this genre, the racing is spiced up with a variety of challenges that can help you and your Yak to victory. Read more

Google Play is booming: 1 billion active users and counting

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The digital storefront that Google uses to sell applications, games, television shows, movies, and music from is showing no signs of slowing down. Today, at the company’s I/O 2015 keynote, it seemed like Google wanted to focus on statistics. Chromecast reached 17 million units sold and Android Wear hit 4,000 apps. For Google Play, the milestone is 1 billion active users. Within the last twelve months, users of the Play Store have performed around 50 billion installations.

There are a lot of people installing a lot of content from Google Play.

Check out our complete Google I/O 2015 coverage

Google’s Designed for Families program spotlights family-friendly apps and games

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There are so many audiences being catered to with Android, but Google will be applying a new focus on children. Through its Android Developers site, the company announced Designed for Families. Parents will be able to opt-in to the program and have the Play Store spotlight family-friendly apps and games. Families and children then have access to content that is specifically made for them. Google has eligibility requirements set to ensure the program’s integrity.

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Complete Star Wars movie collection coming to Google Play on April 10

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Star Wars has been one of the most popular movie franchises in history, but one thing it lacked was digital availability. That is all changing as it will now be available digitally starting this Friday, April 10.

This means it will be available on Google Play, and it will also be available on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon, Verizon Fios, Xbox Video, and Disney Movies Anywhere.

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Google Play version 5.4 debuts immersive hero images for Lollipop devices

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Starting today, owners of devices with Lollipop will begin to notice some changes in the Play Store. The latest version, 5.4, introduces immersive hero images throughout the application. Coloring, sizing, and placement have all been altered in certain areas, too. The changes are not considered part of an overhaul, but something like the transparent status bar is noticeable.

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Google introduces new analytics tools to help game developers

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Following up on an announcement a few weeks ago at the Game Developers Conference, Google is make the new Play Games Player Analytics tool available to all developers through the Google Play Developer Console. The Analytics tool will help developers manage their business to revenue targets, identify hot spots using metrics to develop new game updates, and understand how players are progressing, spending and churning. Read more

Google Play Newsstand adds support for Austria, Belgium, Ireland, and Turkey

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Content offered in the Play Store can be limited depending upon which country you reside in. Anyone in any country can access free content offered by Google in its digital store; however, only certain countries can make purchases. Today, four new countries received support for Play Newsstand. People in Austria, Belgium, Ireland, and Turkey can purchase and subscribe to magazines and newspapers from their mobile devices.

Source: Google Play (Google+)