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App Store, Google Play again differ on revenue, downloads

App Store, Google Play again differ on revenue, downloads

In just over one month, both Google and Apple will hold their respective annual conferences. At both events, the companies will make applause-inducing comments regarding the strength of their respective app portals. A new report is shedding some light on both, suggesting there are (still) issues with Google Play and revenue. While the iOS App Store moves at a steady pace, Google Play spiked when it came to downloads. Google Play also brought in almost half the revenue of the App Store, suggesting — once again — Android users just don’t want to buy apps.

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Google Play’s ‘Designed for Families’ tries for family-friendly apps

Google Play’s ‘Designed for Families’ tries for family-friendly apps

Google is making a push for family-friendly content in the Play Store. Today, the company is announcing Designed for Families, a new program that will allow Developers to designate their content as safe for all eyes. While the program will undoubtedly put more eyes on apps, Google is also promising apps that fall under the Designed for Families banner “will be eligible for upcoming family-focused experiences on Google Play that will help parents discover great, age-appropriate content and make more informed choices.”

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Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

For those of you with a Nexus device, prepare yourself - you may be able to unlock your phone with your voice by the end of the week. This will come as a part of the newest update to Google Play Services 7.0 and Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it'll be appearing in your Smart Lock section of security in standard Settings in Android. This newest unlock will appear alongside Trusted Devices (like Android Wear devices), Trusted Places, Trusted Face, and On-body Detection. This update will eventually be released to all devices - provided their manufacturer gives the thumbs-up in due course.

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Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Amazon has pushed out a new Kindle for Android update, and with it comes the Word Wise feature, as well as a handful of other changes that round out the overall product. Word Wise allows users to have definitions for hard words automatically displayed above the word, aiding in the reading process without slowing the user down. Other features include the ability to make flash cards and improved manga navigation, among others. Also coming with the update are some bug fixes.

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Take a knee; we need to talk about you (not) spending money on apps

Take a knee; we need to talk about you (not) spending money on apps

Look at your smartphone’s app selection — how many of those apps did you pay for? How many of those apps did you spend any money on via in-app purchases? According to a new study, not many. Mobile marketing firm Swrve found about 60% of mobile game revenue comes from less than 1% of players. Actually, it’s less than 0.5%. To be even more accurate, it’s even less than 0.25%. While that’s just games, it’s indicative of the app industry. This actually is your fault, and it needs to stop.

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Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game update brings first event

Transformers: Battle Tactics mobile game update brings first event

Transformers: Battle Tactics is a mobile game allowing those on Android and iOS to play as Decepticons and Autobots, and earlier this week both apps received an update. Most notable with the update came support for Live Events, and so it makes sense that this would be the time for its maker, DeNA, to launch its first in-game event for the title. The in-game event kicked off today and will run to next week, bringing an assortment of goodies with it.

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Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype has announced some new updates today, chief among them being the introduction of Skype 5.3 for Android, bringing some features that have already been available in the iOS version. Skype promises this is a big update, and amongst the new features are improvements to the app's design itself, boosting the visual appeal of Skype's chat and making the overall experience a bit "more consistent". The new chat layout in Android is similar to the layout those who use the service on the desktop and iOS have had access to, among other things.

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Google faces potential class-action lawsuit over Wallet privacy

Google faces potential class-action lawsuit over Wallet privacy

Google is about to face the music about Wallet. A district court denied Google’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that the company shared too much of a customer’s personal information with a Developer. Lead plaintiff in the case, Alice Svenson, says Google sent “unnecessary” info about her to YCDroid, whom she paid $1.77 to for an email app. Filed in September of 2013, the lawsuit is seeking up to $1,000 per incident and class-action status so others can pursue litigation.

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Google Play gets new rating system to reflect regional tastes

Google Play gets new rating system to reflect regional tastes

The apps you’re looking to download will soon be judged based on age and region rather than adhere to a worldwide standard. The ratings you find for apps will soon reflect a more regional flair, which Google says is an effort to make their ratings reflective of what is deemed appropriate content where you are. The new ratings system will have a questionnaire for Developers before they’re allowed to assign a rating, and will have oversight from various ratings agencies around the globe.

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The Nexus 5 is officially old news for Google

The Nexus 5 is officially old news for Google

That phone you were no longer interested in is now officially dead to us all. In making their announcement of the new Pixel, and revamping their online hardware portal to reflect all they’ve got to sell you, Google also quietly discontinued selling the Nexus 5. The device was originally kept on as an offering to those who wanted Nexus, but didn’t want to tote around a 6-inch screen all day. Now, Google is officially discontinuing sales of the device via Google Play.

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