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Google updates Play Music app for Android, adds new art and more

Google updates Play Music app for Android, adds new art and more

Android users running a relatively recent version of the mobile OS will recognize the gold headphones immediately - it's Android's music app that comes pre-installed on mobile devices. An update for the app has just been rolled out, taking it to version 4.5.9 and adding a handful of new features, among them being new default album art and a bug fix for the freezing issue experienced by Galaxy S III owners.

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Nexus 4 returns to the Google Play Store

Nexus 4 returns to the Google Play Store

After a long, long wait, the much-loved Nexus 4 is back in stock at the Google Play Store. Google and LG have been experiencing some stock issues with the handset due to incredibly high demand, leaving potential buyers without many more options. The phone has been available at T-Mobile, but those who wanted to go straight through Google had to wait weeks for the handset to become available again.

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Temple Run 2 Android edition hits Google Play with a bang!

Temple Run 2 Android edition hits Google Play with a bang!

Today is the day that Temple Run 2 becomes available for Android, and much like what we've seen with the iOS version of the app (which took off like a rocket out of a nightmare the first 12 hours it was out), we're seeing so many downloads your eyes will bleed. This game is largely the same as both the original version of Temple Run and, of course, the Temple Run 2 revealed for iOS last week - they're basically identical, believe it or not!

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comScore: Facebook ends 2012 as #1 mobile app in the USA

comScore: Facebook ends 2012 as #1 mobile app in the USA

According to the latest comScore Mobile Metrix ranking working with the audiences of the top mobile apps in the USA, Facebook has taken a relatively massive leap ahead of Google Maps through 2012 to become the top app in the USA. This listing includes polling of users aged 18 years or older on both iOS and Android devices with a time frame between March and December of 2012, and you'll find that this isn't the first month in which Facebook has taken the lead. Google Maps and Facebook have been nearly neck-and-neck since the earliest results from March of 2012, with Google Maps in the lead until September where usage of Google's mapping solution appears to take a bit of a fall off of a cliff while Facebook continues to steadily rise.

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Nexus Q “no longer available” according to Google Play listing

Nexus Q “no longer available” according to Google Play listing

It's been quite some time since we last heard from the Google Nexus Q, but the reason the media streaming device is making its way back into the news today isn't very good. After months of silence, Google has at last changed the Nexus Q's Google Play listing to say that the device is "no longer available for sale." For those who have forgotten, the Nexus Q hasn't been available for purchase since July, so why Google is just now getting around to changing its Play Store listing is anyone's guess.

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Google Play adds free digital subscription option for print magazine subscribers

Google Play adds free digital subscription option for print magazine subscribers

Both the digital and print versions of magazines have their own perks; the digital version, for example, is easy to enjoy on-the-go without lugging around the weight of physical rags, while the print editions are tactile and enjoyable on a quiet evening indoors. Until now, print magazine subscribers had to pay for a secondary digital subscription to get the magazine on their Android device. That inconvenience ends today.

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ABI ranks Apple App Store tops at start of 2013

ABI ranks Apple App Store tops at start of 2013

In a mix of user interface usage, number crunching, and good ol' analytics, the group known as ABI Research has revealed that Apple's App Store has their top score in the mobile application storefronts category here at the start of 2013. The report they've released ranks stores based on both implementation and innovation with Apple winning the overall combined score over both the Google Play app store and Microsoft's Windows Store, Google's working for Android and Microsoft's working for Windows Phone devices.

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