This afternoon the team behind the Google Play Devices Shop have made with the updates - Google Play giveth, and Google Play taketh away. What we’re seeing is the reduction of stock with the Google Play Edition devices, to start with. If you’ve not checked over the past few months, you’ll now be shocked to find that the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the original HTC One have completely disappeared from the shop.
The Play Store policy on refunds is 15 minutes — Android users probably know that, especially if they’ve had to ask for a refund. It’s a healthy amount of time to download and try an app, but it may be changing. It seems the Play Store is at least testing a method for allowing users up to two full hours to ask for a refund.
Custom cases for smartphones is a rather niche market. Then again, so is the Nexus handset. It seems Google is ready to marry the two, and a leaked program named “Workshop” might be our introduction. Still in its early stages, Workshop is unique, but is it necessary?
Earlier today, we posed a question via Facebook: how do you consume media on your Android device? With so many great services out there, we wanted to know if there was one that stood out for our readers. As it turns out, the options for media consumption amongst our readers is as varied as the services on offer.
Android Wear represents a new frontier for mobile, just as Tesla Motors represents a new direction for automobiles. If you’ve got one of each, a new app will let you control much of your Model S features right from your smartwatch.
This week the annual "Google Play Summer Sale" begins - this includes a small collection of apps for now, but will likely expand as Google makes their official announcement. When this article is released, Google has not yet made things official with a landing page, but once they do, we’ll be sure to link it up. For now, heed the list!
Amazon is keen to get us using their Fire Phone, and one of the latest apps released from Amazons hows why. The Amazon Wallet app, available on the Amazon App Store and Google Play, is a bit of a misnomer. While it can digitally store some things you might otherwise put in your wallet, it doesn’t keep the most important aspect close-by.
Android app downloads could get a lot more confusing in Europe, with Google agreeing to cease referring to titles with in-app purchases as "free" in the Google Play store, while Apple has been criticized by the EU for not committing to a similar system. Responding to concerns by the European Union around how "free" titles can be misleading as they subsequently push in-app downloads, Google agreed that no title with IAP content will be labeled as free as of the end of September this year. Meanwhile, Apple has also responded to the EU critique.
Whether at home or on the run, a good mobile connection is often important. If you’ve got work to do while traveling, or just want to check on your own home connection, this simple app can help you. Even better, the iOS version received an update today, making it faster and much more responsive.
In-app purchases have come under fire again, both domestically and abroad. A couple in China have been arrested for selling their kids (yes, plural) to fund in-app purchases, and Amazon has been officially sued by the FTC for billing of in-app purchases. They’re the latest in a series of incidents that has everyone taking a long, hard look at our mobile purchasing habits.
If you are one of the few early owners of an Android Wear device out there this week, you may already be aware of your inability to install paid apps. While all free apps have installed to Android Wear devices normally, apps requiring pay from Google Play would not install at all. Until today.