Google hosts early Mother’s Day sale

by Robert Nazarian on
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Actually I am not even sure this sale is really all that early since you actually have to buy your Mom a gift before Mother’s Day. Google knows that, so they are already offering 1 year magazine subscriptions for Mom at $5.00 off plus select books at 50% off. The sale will run through May 5th, but I would hit the source link now to get your orders in before you forget. You might want to pick up a Nexus 7 for her as well, but unfortunately they aren’t on sale.

Mother’s Day is May 11, so make a note of it.

source: Google Play

Virus Shield pulled out of Google Play Store for being a fake app

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When it comes to mobile security, people take it as a serious matter and try to find a solution to enhance the security of their device in every way possible. This is where Virus Shield, a so-called $3.99 security app for Android that secured the first position on Google Play’s paid apps charts, came into action to save the day (not really) by claiming that it will make your device virus free.

The app climbed to the top of the charts on Google Play’s paid apps section in just over a week, got a stunning and convincing 4.7 rating stars, and was downloaded over 10,000 times. The app claimed that it “prevents harmful apps from being installed on your device”, “scans apps, settings, files, and media in real time,” and “protects your personal information” while having a minimum effect on your battery level. » Read the rest

Google Play Store’s new ‘People’ option gives you recommendations based on your friends

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Google is updating the Play Store with a new option called “People.” This section will give you recommendations based on what your Google+ friends are using. This includes apps, books, music, movies, etc. The higher they rate them, the more likely you will see them.

The good news is that it’s not in your face. You will only see these recommendations if you open the section. You find it by tapping on the hamburger menu at the top left, which reveals the main slide-out menu. Just choose “People” under “My Wishlist.”

What is strange is that this new option appears in the current version of the Play Store app (version 4.6.17), but it’s being rolled out slowly. I have checked at least 5 or 6 devices, and neither of them have it yet. So if you don’t have it yet, be patient because there is no APK download that I know that will force it.

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Google Play Movies & TV gets updated with Info Cards and a minor facelift

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The Google Play Movies & TV application is currently getting the version 3.1.22 update pushed out to users. On the user interface side, Google has finally added a slide-out menu. It is very similar to the one found when using the Play Store itself. The slide-out menu includes Watch Now, My Movies, My TV Shows, On Device, and Shop with the usual Settings and Help & Feedback.

On the playback side of things, the app now has Info Cards. These cards will automatically be displayed as soon as a video is paused. So instead of pausing the video and having to cue the content, it will pop-up right away. Info Cards display information regarding the actors and actresses on-screen.

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Microsoft releases Xbox One Smartglass app into Google Play Store

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Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.

The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.

Hit the break for screenshots of the app as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Play Store shares ‘My Play activity’ as an activity feed for everyone

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Ever wonder exactly what you have rated or +1′d in the Play Store? Now you can check what you and everyone else has had to say about applications in the Play Store with ‘My Play activity.’ In the image above, you can see how it resembles an activity feed. The page will also be accessible through Google+. My Play activity and additional features will be rolled out to more users over time.

Hit the source link to get an idea of what to expect.

Source: My Play Activity (example)

Google is cleaning up the Play Store’s sexually explicit material, naughty apps no longer welcome

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Google is done letting people get down and dirty with the Play Store. The Google Play Developer Program policies are getting revamped and it should expel any “erotic” content from the store. So your eyeballs will need a new storefront to glean upon as you wipe the drool from your face. While there was nothing very raunchy found in the Play Store, there was certainly some content that should not have been there since it is a store for everyone. For example, there were some wallpaper apps with scantily clad women. There is a time and a place and the Play Store just isn’t that place. » Read the rest

Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 will go up for preorder later today

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HTC confirmed that they will be releasing a Google Play Edition of their new HTC One in the coming weeks, and the preorder for the device will go up later today. It will be available directly through the Play Store for the not so low price of $699.

The GPE HTC One will feature all of HTC’s new hardware, but you’ll lose all of the Sense 6.0 features in favor Android 4.2.2, obviously. It’ll be interesting to see if the phone will be able to take advantage of the duo-camera setup on the device without Sense, but I guess we’ll know for sure in the next few weeks.

Developers can have varied “What’s New” descriptions in the Play Store for different builds

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Google just keeps making things easier for developers. Starting today, developers can tailor the “What’s New” description in the Play Store for the different builds of an application. Have the beta? Developers can make you “What’s New” description different than the displayed for an alpha build. It is great and all, but developers just have to take the initiative of doing so.

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Play Store’s Games subcategory reorganization has gone live, oddly includes Live Wallpaper and Widgets still

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We noted back in December that Google would reorganize the Games section of the Play Store with twenty subcategories. That change went live today, one month after it was expected. It was originally believed that Live Wallpaper and Widgets would be shown the door and the new total would be eighteen. Unfortunately, they remain and that is why the subcategory total is twenty. For some odd reason, Google has not axed them just yet.

If you head over to the Play Store on your device or the web (like the image above), you will see the reorganization present.