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

Google Play announces Spider-Man films and TV shows sale

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Google Play is releasing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 early, and to celebrate, all earlier Spider-Man films are starting at only $8 to own, and the first 10 minutes of Spider-Man 2 is free to watch. Many Spiderman games and comics are discounted for a limited time as well.

Are you a Spider-Man fanatic? Planning on downloading one of these deals? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Source: Google+

Google Play Store refund window increases to 2 hours

google-play-store-shopping-bag-featured-largeFor quite a few years, the window for an app or game refund in the Play Store has been 15 minutes. Today, it looks like that’s changing to 2 hours, but just for games. There’s no announcement from Google, but Android Police ran some tests, and found that although 15 minutes is still listed as the official refund time, it took exactly 120 minutes for the button to disappear.

This could very well be a glitch, but we’ll wait for something official  from Google to be sure.

Source:  Android Police

Google Play Developer Publishing API now open to all developers

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Google has opened up their Google Play Developer Publishing API to all developers on the Play Store, which is great news for anyone looking to add some extra functionality to managing their apps. The new API makes it easier to manage in-app purchases and subscriptions, upload new APKs for beta testing or staged rollouts, and create and modify Play Store listings.

Overall, this Publishing API will make it significantly easier for developers to handle the management of their apps and listing, which should, in turn, create a better end user experience. If you’re interested, you can check out the full details of what the new API can do below.

source: Google Play Developers

[APK Download] Google updates Play Store app with Material Design

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You don’t need Android L to experience a little Material Design. Google has updated the Play Store to version 4.9.13 and it brings a new look with Material Design. You will notice larger videos, new animations, and a bigger emphasis on +1s. You can also view app descriptions, changelogs, the version number, last update time, and number of downloads in full screen mode.

This is of course a staged roll out so you might not get it for a few days. If you’re the impatient kind, we have the APK download link below.

source: @GooglePlay / APK Download from XDA

[APK Download] Google Play update version 4.8.22 brings usual bug fixes

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Over the last few weeks, Google Play has been updated a few times. Some have brought design alterations and others have been for bug fixes. Version 4.8.22 that has started to roll out is also the latter. Just the usual bug fixes are found with this update. Details are not usually issued regarding bug fixes; however, it is good to know some bugs have been squashed.

Source: Android Police [Download Link]