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Android malware found on Google Play with millions of downloads

Android malware found on Google Play with millions of downloads

Avast has dropped the bomb on a new variety of Android malware permeating the Google Play Store, something that has found its place on millions of users' devices in the form of games and other simple -- and seemingly legit -- content. Those who have had an adware-infected computer at one time or another will be familiar with the intrusion; all goes well for the infected user for a while, but after some period of time has passed, advertisements begin appearing when the phone or tablet is unlocked, hawking products that are, in some cases, legit.

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Nexus 5 back in stock at Google Play

Nexus 5 back in stock at Google Play

This week Google has slapped the naysayers with a re-stock of their LG-made Nexus 5 smartphone. This device has previously been offered in Black, White, and "Red", but it'll be appearing now in Black only. This device will be available in 16GB internal storage size and 32GB internal storage size, with applicable pricing to match. This device sits alongside the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 as Google's three-smart-device lineup. All other smartphones and tablets, Google Play Edition and everything, are gone - probably for good.

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Google Play Newsstand adds Rolling Stone archives

Google Play Newsstand adds Rolling Stone archives

When's the last time you shook open an ordinary newspaper? You probably can't remember because you likely, like most people, get your news online. The same tends to go for magazines, which is why many in both categories have shifted to a primarily or solely online existence, providing content under ad-supported or subscription-based business models. Google Play Newsstand is one of the big services through which users can subscribe to and read content, and starting today it'll begin providing the Rolling Stone archives.

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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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Google Play edition program dead as HTC One M8 departs

Google Play edition program dead as HTC One M8 departs

Two weeks ago, we pondered the death of Google’s ‘Play edition’ program. At the time, Google Play edition devices had slowly been slipping away from the Play Store, with only the HTC One M8 sticking around. Now, Google has stopped selling that device as well. The Play Store no longer lists any Google Play edition devices, leaving the program itself without a single handset. For fans of the Google Play edition line, it’s sad day, and one that likely marks the end to a more vanilla Android on non-Nexus devices from the OEM themselves.

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WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

Those reports we see now and again about malware for Android always have a pretty strong narrative thread: don’t download apps outside of the Play Store. When you side-load apps, you open yourself up to all kinds of bad things, which is typically when malware takes hold. WhatsApp Plus, an app created for use as a WhatsApp client, has been an issue for users lately. WhatsApp has begun issuing 24-hour bans for users, but it’s not them — it’s their app.

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile app launched for Android

Adobe Lightroom Mobile app launched for Android

Adobe has been steadily busying itself with migrating its photography-centric software to mobile platforms, and as is common it first turned its sights on iOS. Speaking of Lightroom in particular, the company first brought the mobile version to the iPad, then made it available for the iPhone, as well. Now the wait for Android users has finally reached its end, with Adobe launching the app in the Google Play Store on Wednesday. As with the desktop version, Lightroom mobile lets users edit photographs.

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Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Monument Valley stole the hearts and minds of many in 2014, and with good reason. the fluid gameplay and solid graphics lent way to a delightful storyline that made you want to play. Though the game has little replay value, it’s been valuable. The development team behind Monument Valley, Us2Games, have released a breakdown of their year. As you can see below, it was a monumental year for Us2Games. It’s also a good look at how much manpower and time go into great apps and games.

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Google Classroom app now available for Android, iOS

Google Classroom app now available for Android, iOS

For a long time, teachers tried to manage smartphone usage in class, trying their best to make sure kids weren’t screwing around instead of learning. Now, educators have a reason to let kids stare at screens, as the Google Classroom app is now available on the Play Store. The app will let students and teachers stay on track, digitally. Homework assignments, future work deadlines, and assignment collection are all part of the app’s feature list. The app is free for anyone with a Google Apps for Education account.

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Is the Google Play edition program dead?

Is the Google Play edition program dead?

Google Play edition devices were supposed to be a branch of the Nexus program, where OEMs like Samsung or HTC could peddle their stripped-down wares for us all. Don’t like TouchWiz? Great, keep the hardware and enjoy a GPe Galaxy S4. That was the plan, but it doesn’t seem to have gone so well. With the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 leaving the Play Store, we’re left with one option, and a program that seems to be in decline and on its way out.

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