Google rolls out Google Play Services 6.1 update, packs multiple API enhancements

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Google Play Services received an update today, bringing the software version up to 6.1. Nothing too wild here, but there are some updates to the Google Analytics API, Google Drive API and Google Fit API.

The update is slowly rolling out, so be patient. Unless you’re a developer, not much is relevant here, but some solid enhancements nonetheless.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Shazam links to Google Play for listening and buying

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Simplicity is a beautiful thing. And with Shazam updating its Android app, it gets even simpler to listen and buy a song. Shazam now links to Google Play to sample a track and then download it. Also, the app can redirect users to Google Play Music All Access in the event that they want to forgo an individual purchase and have endless streaming. This is in addition to the app already linking to Rdio, Beats Music, and Spotify.

Hit the break for download links to update your Shazam app.


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Google Play apps refund window officially set at two hours

 

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Customers of Google Play are very fortunate with refund windows for apps and games. Google has long had a refund window implemented with the time limit being fifteen minutes. For some downloads, that amount of time is just not enough. So Google has extended the refund window for apps and games in Google Play to two hours.

The change is now official as the Google Play Help page includes a description of the new policy. Within two hours of purchasing the item, Open and Refund buttons will be found on its page. This leaves when the time has passed and Google recommends contacting the developer to try and get a refund if unsatisfied.

Source: Google Play Help

LG G Watch dips to $179 price tag on Google Play

LG_G_Watch_officialIf you’ve been keeping up with the tech world today, you’ve likely heard about Apple’s entry into the smartwatch game. Of course, if you’re reading this, you probably tend to swing on the Android side of the fence, so you’d be much more interested in an Android Wear device over an Apple Watch. Fortunately, LG has you covered.

In honor of Apple’s announcement, the price of the LG G Watch on Google Play has taken a price cut down to just $179. This matches the Best Buy deal we saw on this watch not too long ago, and it’s still a great value for what you get. The deal runs through September 23rd, so you don’t have to jump on it immediately, but I would keep an eye on stock over the next few days.
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Moto 360 sells out online in minutes

moto_360_best_buy_2Throw this in the “we’re not surprised” news category but the Moto 360 is sold out online. If you look at Motorola, Google Play, and Best Buy are all listed as “sold out.” If you were one of the lucky few who snagged one, good for you, but for the rest of us, well, here’s the bad news. We’re going to have to wait. Motorola said in a statement to re/code that it’s working to replenish the stock, but with the high demand, getting one will be tough. Of course there’s always a way to get one if you need one now.


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Google Play now carrying Glass Explorer Edition in the U.S.

 

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The Moto 360 is not the only new product that became available in the Play Store starting today. Google has put its own Glass Explorer Edition up for sale in the United States. The Charcoal, Tangerine, Cotton, Shale, and Sky color options are all available and Google is allowing customers to pick up a frame or shade at no extra cost.

The Glass Explorer Edition costs $1,500 with plenty of accessories, from earbuds to cases and pouches, to choose from as well.

Source: Google Play

Google pulls all Swing Copters knock-offs from Play Store

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Fans of Flappy Bird may have been excited to download its sequel, Swing Copters, and then were either greeted by a cheap knock-off or disappointed to find that they had to sift through dozens of clones that were released before the official app even saw the light of day. Thankfully, Google has taken matters into their own hands and have removed all of the clones from the Play Store. 
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Verizon considers opening another Android app store, this time with help

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Despite shuttering its previous attempt at providing an app store for Android and Blackberry users, Verizon appears to be eyeing the possibility of opening a new one to challenge Google’s dominance for Android users. This time though, sources indicate Verizon is talking with other players and carriers in an effort to put together an “industry coalition.” With Android installed on over a billion devices around the world and the operating system continuing to grow in dominating the market, it should be no surprise that a company wants to get in on the action of selling apps to users.
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Google Play hosting summer sale with nearly 50 apps discounted by up to 85%

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Looking for some great applications and games to keep you busy during the summer? Then head over to the Play Store because Google is hosting a summer sale full of goodies. While the majority of the items are now free, others have been discounted. And some of the discounts reach 85% off of the regular price. If you see an app that is normally free, its in-app purchases have been discounted instead. There are 50 apps and games to choose from, so there should be something for anyone.

Source: Google Play