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Apple Music launches on Android after long beta test

Apple Music launches on Android after long beta test

Apple is bringing the fight against Spotify and Google Play Music straight to Android, finally launching the Android version of Apple Music on the Google Play Store this week. This launch follows an extended beta test that's been going on since November 2015, giving Apple plenty of time to collect feedback from users and implement changes to bring the app to the full release we're seeing now.

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BlackBerry Hub+ arrives on Google Play for Marshmallow devices

BlackBerry Hub+ arrives on Google Play for Marshmallow devices

We've been seeing BlackBerry enter the realm of Android hardware with the release of the PRIV and the recently revealed DTEK50, but now the company is looking to make a splash on the software side of things. BlackBerry announced today that it's rolling out BlackBerry Hub+ to a wider range of Android phones, giving Android users who don't own BlackBerry hardware a chance to try out its software suite aimed at organizing their social lives.

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Google Play Family Library arrives with app and media sharing

Google Play Family Library arrives with app and media sharing

After hearing about Google's plan to launch a family sharing feature for Google Play earlier in the month, the company announced today that it has finally gone live. Google Play has officially rolled out Family Library, which allows families of up to six people to share purchases across their devices. Families can share any eligible purchase with one another, be it an app, game, book, TV show, or movie.

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Google Comics Bubble Zoom makes digital books unique

Google Comics Bubble Zoom makes digital books unique

This week the folks at Google have taken their Google Books platform to a new level at SDCC. Comic books - those participating in the project - will be coming alive (so to speak) with a service called Bubble Zoom. This feature will allow portions of each comic page to zoom and grow when a user's finger moves overhead. This could make the entire medium change and inspire comic artists to change the way they create comics. If nothing else, this feature will certainly make each page pop.

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Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Competing as a game developer on the Google Play Store can be a tough proposition, especially as we see more and more professional game developers leave their big studios to start or join studios dedicated to mobile games. If you're one of those small-time game developers, good news: Google has announced that it will be giving independent developers a chance to have their moment in the spotlight later this year, when it hosts the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco.

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Google Play family library lets you share with up to 6 people

Google Play family library lets you share with up to 6 people

Google has finally taken the covers off its family library system for its Google Play services. In a nutshell, the system will make it easier for parents, guardians, or maybe even a group of friends, to share content purchased from the Google Play Store. They also share a single payment method, which might prove to be a headache in some cases. Of course, the feature does have the necessary controls to rein in the spending or to keep the wee ones from seeing some things they shouldn't really be seeing just yet.

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Final Fantasy VII finally arrives on Android

Final Fantasy VII finally arrives on Android

Fans of Square Enix's long-running Final Fantasy series might be pleased to hear that Final Fantasy VII has finally made it to Android. The game - considered by many to be the greatest Final Fantasy game in the series - has been available on iOS since last year, with Android users left waiting while Square Enix finished the port for their platform. That wait, it would appear, is over at last.

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Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Chromebooks are one of the most cost effective ways to get into the computer realm and as such, many parents on a budget have resorted to Chromebooks for a first computing device for kids. Many schools are also relying on Chromebooks in classrooms and libraries rather than thin clients or Windows machines. One thing that has been missing from the Chromebook is access to a glut of apps and software supporting the Chromebook ecosystem. That changed at Google I/O.

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Google Play uninstall manager points out the apps you never use

Google Play uninstall manager points out the apps you never use

Phones only have so much space, especially if you have a model like the Galaxy S6 that doesn't offer a microSD slot. On the flip side, apps keep getting bigger, so much so that you've probably run into 'insufficient space' issues from time to time. There are ways to free up space, but the quickest is simply uninstalling some other apps, and now Google Play is helping you do that by pointing out which apps you rarely or never use.

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Remix Mini update removes official Google Play support

Remix Mini update removes official Google Play support

The Remix Mini Android mini PC may have just become a little less enticing both as a product as well as a new use case for Android. Through no fault of its own, Jide, the company behind Remix, has rolled out an update that, among other things removes Google Mobile Services, which means Google Play Store and services, from the mini PC. This was to comply with Google's request to remove said components because the Remix Mini does not conform with Google's criteria for allowing Google Mobile Services on particular devices.

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EU files antitrust charge against Google, this time on Android

EU files antitrust charge against Google, this time on Android

Google is the new Microsoft. At least as far as collecting antitrust lawsuits are concerned. In Europe, the tech giant is once again facing serious charges, this time surrounding the Android mobile operating system. According to the European Commission, Google is using unlawful monopolistic practices that unfairly puts its search and apps, and there its ads, as the dominant, if not only, choice on Android devices, to the detriment of competition and potentially stifling innovation. Naturally denies this and hints that the EC might not exactly understand how Android works.

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Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Google Play Podcasts launched for Android and the web

Many years after some of Google's competitors launched their own portals for podcasts, Google Play launches their own for Android. This podcast portal launches within and paired with Google Play Music, where users are able to collect and stream podcasts at will. For those of you that aren't into streaming - you're pretty much out of luck. This may be launching in Google Play, but it's housed within Google Music. There you'll listen to all your favorites, inside the orange dome, with the new Google Play Music icon in full effect!

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