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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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Leave Google for MicroG on Android, receive two dollars

Leave Google for MicroG on Android, receive two dollars

It would appear that Google isn't about to lose potential digital customers to the MicroG experiment on Android devices. A user by the name of Majinferno - reporting in from Reddit - shows one way in which Google may be targeting users who had at one point used Google Play services, but decided to leave the Google universe for one slightly more AOSP-friendly. As it were, Google seems to have offered this user two whole dollars American for a return to their fold.

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Let’s Try the new Google Play app icons

Let’s Try the new Google Play app icons

This week the folks at Google have released a set of new icons for Google Play and the full collection of Google Play apps. Unfortunately you're going to have to wait to use them - unless you're crafty. As it were, we've gone ahead and separated these icons out ourselves, making them ready for you to use with whatever icon-changing system you happen to have on your Android device. Or on your desktop computer, if you like. Whatever you do so please. Here they are for you.

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Google Play family icons updated with consistent designs

Google Play family icons updated with consistent designs

Soon the Google Play family of icons on your Android device will look different, and yet oddly similar. Google announced a design refresh for the icon family today, saying the new designs — each of which feature a triangle akin to the Google Play icon — are more consistent with each other, and better show their relationship within the overall Google Play family.

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Kanye West album ‘Life of Pablo’ comes to Apple Music, Spotify

Kanye West album ‘Life of Pablo’ comes to Apple Music, Spotify

Love him or hate him, Kayne West continues to be a big name in the music industry these days, and many people want to hear his records. And starting today, a whole lot more fans will actually be able to, as West's new album, The Life of Pablo, is finally available on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music. This marks the first time the album has become available for streaming on any service besides Tidal since it was first released in February.

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Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

This morning Google decided to release another of their standard apps to the Google Play app store for any device to download. This is not the first - and certainly not the last - app that Google has made that'll be released to the Google Play app store for several reasons. One reason Google does this is to enable quicker updates to the apps - otherwise they'd need to update them each with a system update to the devices that employ them.

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Shazam integration with Google Play Music adds button for buying tunes

Shazam integration with Google Play Music adds button for buying tunes

Music fans that have used Shazam to identify a song they hear and like will now have improved ways to buy the song or perform other tasks via Google Music. The latest versions of the app still allows you to identify a song and once the identification is complete, a large Google Play Music bar will be visible that has buttons to listen to the song, buy the song, or create a radio station based on the song. Google Music really wants Shazam users to try out its music service and is offering a 3-month play subscription for a dollar.

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Google agrees to T-Mobile’s “Binge On” terms because they’re “opt-out”

Google agrees to T-Mobile’s “Binge On” terms because they’re “opt-out”

T-Mobile's "Binge On" service allows more video apps to stream media to devices without using up the customer's data allotment. While for the end customer this may seem like a really great deal, (who doesn't like so-called free data?), it continues to hold the door open for internet services to charge different amounts of money for different internet services. True Net Neutrality requires that all internet be treated the same - here that's just not true.

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Google Play updates dev policy center to boost transparency

Google Play updates dev policy center to boost transparency

The Google Play Developer Policy Center has been updated to provide better transparency to developers, Google has announced. Google says its redesigned Policy Center better provides developers with clear and transparent policy details, doing so with thematic organization, expanded details on policy enforcement, more detailed guidelines, and more. With it all comes a Material Design level of polish.

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Android introduces Gamer ID for Google Play Games, ditching Google+ requirement

Android introduces Gamer ID for Google Play Games, ditching Google+ requirement

Google has just announced an overhaul of its gaming service on Android, Google Play Games. In an update the Play Games app, users are no longer required to use a Google+ account to sign in, or as their identity. Instead, they can now create a Gamer ID, which consists of unique name and avatar, similar to how the Xbox Live and PlayStation's PSN online networks function.

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