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Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Searching for apps in the Play Store or App Store is often a pain. With so many apps available, many offering the same features, it can be hard for Developers to distance themselves from the herd. According to a new blog post from Google, the company is about to let Developers pay to be featured in the Play Store via a ‘sponsored’ Search program. Saying “app discovery plays a critical role in driving your continued success”, sponsored results are set to start showing up in the coming weeks.

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Your Chromecast may have something special for you today

Your Chromecast may have something special for you today

Google’s Chromecast is a handy little tool for streaming media from your smartphone or tablet, but most rarely use it Chromecast outside of casting Netflix or another app on our phone to the TV. If you weren’t aware, there’s a Chromecast offers page, which provides you with promotional offers from Google, as well as third-party services who want your attention. It doesn’t always supply you with fun stuff, but from time to time, you get something cool — and today might be your day.

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‘Restaurant concierge’ app Reserve comes to Android

‘Restaurant concierge’ app Reserve comes to Android

Have you ever wanted to walk into a restaurant, eat, and not pay? Android users can, now that Reserve has come to the Play Store. The app allows users to simply get up and leave at participating restaurants, as it takes care of your bill for you. It can even make a reservation, and currently has “more than a hundred of the country’s best restaurants” signed up for the service. The app is currently available, and is free to download.

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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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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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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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Hyundai bringing Blue Link to Android Wear at CES

Hyundai bringing Blue Link to Android Wear at CES

“Checking the time, or starting the car?” People may start to wonder that about you if you drive a Hyundai and have Android Wear. At CES next week, Hyundai is set to announce an Android Wear app for their Blue Link technology. As if starting the car from your wrist wasn’t enough, there are other functions as well. You can find your car or lock your car with Blue Link, too. Perhaps even cooler, you can do it all via voice command.

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Google says no more user testimonials in Play Store app descriptions

Google says no more user testimonials in Play Store app descriptions

Android fans know that the Play Store’s app description are sometimes a bit dubious. Full of people you don’t know saying all kinds of wonderful things about the app, the goal is downloads. For Developers, testimonials proved a handy way to let customers sell their app for them. Google is now asking that those testimonials stay where they belong — the reviews section. In a recent change to Android Developer guidelines, Google is telling Developers to take testimonials out, or risk having their app pulled.

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Android TV gets ‘live’ TV app, but no content

Android TV gets ‘live’ TV app, but no content

Streaming video is a proven winner, and just about everyone is getting in on the cable-cutting. Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Android TV all vie for a place behind or next to your TV. All do about the same thing, too, in feeding you content via Netflix or a similar service. A new app on Google Play suggests Android TV may be trying to distance itself from the pack by offering up live content. Whether or not that will work is another matter entirely.

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