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.

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Google improves app review process and adds a new age-based global rating system

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Did you know that Google has been reviewing all app submissions? We’re not sure exactly when they started, but the initiative began in order to detect violations to the developer policies. Most developers might not have noticed this because Google reviews apps pretty quickly. In most cases, an app will be approved with hours, but in other stores, like Apple’s App Store, it could take weeks.

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The original Transformers movie in HD is free in Google Play right now along with Cold Play’s Ghost Stories

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Google launched their 3rd birthday promotion earlier in the week, and what was 33 deals has now grown to 41. I am not even sure what is new since then, but a couple of notables are both the original Transformers movie in HD and Cold Play’s Ghost Stories album for Free. What’s funny about the Transformers movie is that the SD version isn’t free, so make sure you click on the HD version. We have the links for each as well as the link for the full list of sale items below.

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Google Play app updated to version 5.3.5

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The Google Play app, which was previously standing at version 5.2.13, has been updated. The new version, 5.3.5, is relatively minor as there are not any noticeable changes. It seems like everything is on the back end where everyday users would not see a thing.

You can hit the link below to download and install the latest version of the Google Play app. Otherwise, just wait for it to happen in the coming days or weeks.

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Google Play is greater in downloads but the App Store is where the revenue is at

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Given the fact that Android hold a whole lot of market share and the massive amount of Android phones there are, it shouldn’t shock anyone that Google Play sees a whole hell of a lot more download activity than that of the App Store. You would think that because of this massive amounts of downloads the revenue would be greater, that’s were we would be wrong. It appears that revenue generated from the App Store far exceeds that of Google Play by more than 60 percent.

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