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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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Google can recommend Play Store apps by learning your itinerary in Gmail

Google can recommend Play Store apps by learning your itinerary in Gmail

It can be a bit creepy just how much data about you is in your smartphone. You phone knows what you like as far as music, video, and websites. It knows whom you talk to the most and where you are going for the day. Google has figured out a new way to harness all this knowledge and use it to recommend apps that might make your day of traveling a bit more tolerable.

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UberEats service to launch in NYC and nine other locations

UberEats service to launch in NYC and nine other locations

We are all familiar with Uber and the ride sharing service that the company offers. Essentially, with that service you use an app to hail a car to take you wherever you need to go. Uber has been trialing a new service called UberEats in a few cities around the country and has announced that the food delivery service is ready to kick off in ten major cities in the US.

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Google Play finally gets promo codes

Google Play finally gets promo codes

One thing that has been missing since Google Play launched was a way for developers to let people try their game at no cost, assuming it’s a paid game. There have been no promo codes to be handed out and the only thing to do would be send out Google Play cards to folks that devs want to give a free game to.

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One pixelated live wallpaper for the week

One pixelated live wallpaper for the week

This morning we've been introduced to a lovely new Android-based live wallpaper by the name of Pixelscapes Wallpaper. This app is extremely simple, works with most modern smartphones, and was just updated less than a week ago. This live wallpaper is cute, universally pleasing to the eye, and comes with no in-app advertisements of any kind. Best of all, it contains three times, one for each segment of your day!

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Stream The Beatles on these 9 services starting December 24

Stream The Beatles on these 9 services starting December 24

Just as was rumored earlier this week, one of the world's greatest music acts, The Beatles, will officially join the streaming music era on Christmas Eve. It was just officially announced that Spotify, Apple Music, and seven other streaming services will offer The Beatles' 13 studio albums plus four collections starting at 12:01 AM on December 24th in each timezone.

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Google Play Movies & TV now supports Apple TV, cellular streaming

Google Play Movies & TV now supports Apple TV, cellular streaming

Just because it isn't its native platform doesn't mean Google is giving iOS users the short end of the figurative stick when it comes to accessing content. Unlike some other retailer who seemingly wants to kick out rival devices from its shelves. Google has just pushed an update to its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS, not Android, that adds some interesting and useful, not to mention timely, features, like direct support for Apple TV as well as streaming over cellular data connections.

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YouTube videos now load while paused

YouTube videos now load while paused

Android users will be first in seeing a brand new "buffering" text in their YouTube apps when a video is loading. This is unlike the past in which a spinning "wheel of death" was seen or - worse still - the video would just pause without any indication that it was about to start up again. Today, Google provides some much-needed notification of what's happening. Almost like they're opening the doors to you, the user, allowing you to see what's actually going on in the app, in your internet, as your video loads.

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Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

While all the web apps and services from Google are designed to run in the browser, sometimes its just easier to have some things running as a separate app, making for one less browser tab to sift through. That's how one developer must have felt when it comes to Google Play Music, as Windows users can now download a desktop app for the streaming service. The software is open source, so this is in no way an official app, and can be downloaded for free from GitHub.

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Google Play radically updated: APK download available now

Google Play radically updated: APK download available now

Those of you wishing to see the new Google Play - wait no longer. The folks at Google responsible for selling you apps and entertainment have done the store a great justice. They've split the whole thing in two. Now you'll be able to decide instantly whether you're going to be looking for Apps and Games OR Entertainment bits and pieces. Inside Entertainment you'll find books, movies, and music too. The app file has been released to the public - you can wait, or you can update your device using the APK file.

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Google Play to start notifying users of ad-supported apps

Google Play to start notifying users of ad-supported apps

Both the Google Play store for Android and Apple's iOS App Store label apps that feature in-app purchases, making it clear to users that additional money can or may need to be spent to make use of the software. Now, Google Play will be taking things a step further, and notify users before they download that an app is supported via advertisements inside. It seems to be an effort by Google to make its marketplace more transparent when it comes to ads and funding, and the change will take place starting in 2016.

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