Google announced that Chromebooks would finally be getting full-fledged Android app support, but not all Chromebooks are making the cut. Fortunately, Google has released a list of Chromebooks that should be able to take advantage of the new feature, but unfortunately, they’ve left many older Chromebooks off the list. Read more
A move that has been long in the making is finally official according to Google. Although it is not the unified merger of Chrome OS and Android that some may hope for, Google did announce at Google I/O 2016 that the Play Store and the ability to run Android apps on Chrome devices will be coming to the operating system later this year. Read more
The carrier Idea Cellular headquartered in India has worked with Google to allow direct carrier billing. This allows those on the carrier to pay for their Google Play purchases via their pre- or post-paid phone bills.
Existing subscribers of Netflix are about to get a new option to pay for the service while newbies will have an even easier way to enroll. The video streaming company is about to go live with a new way to subscribe and pay for access.
Hit the break for details.
At Google I/O 2016, the first edition of a new annual awards ceremony will be held. The 2016 Google Play Awards honors the developer community by giving out awards to apps and games nominated in ten categories.
Hit the break for the categories and the nominees in each.
Google Play has updated its icons with a new, flatter design, doing away with the colored gradient effect of old in favor of a more vibrant style. Read more
Listen to the first episode of the Talk Android Podcast presented by iClever.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens went up for pre-order on Google Play without a specific release late last year almost at the same time the film started showing in theaters. Although a release date wasn’t provided, we knew the latest Star Wars installment would arrive in a digital format and on Blu-ray/DVD within the first few months of 2016. Films usually see home releases within four months of their original premieres.
Today, The Walt Disney Company’s Bob Iger announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on personal media platforms next month.
Bling, an upcoming film starring Taylor Kitsch and Carla Gugino, is being debuting exclusively on Google Play before it’s in theaters later this year.
Good news for app developers. You now have some new tools on the Developer Console in Google Play to help you better understand your app’s ratings.