The Walking Dead game series, which is split into multiple episodes that comprise a series, have finally hit the Google Play Store, expanding their audience to Android users. The game is available for free, and joins the versions already available for those on other systems.
Just as you celebrate New Years in every city from Sydney to Seattle, Google has mapped the trend by offering massive discounts and freebies to Google Play users from across the globe, as soon as they turn two in their time zone. The party kick-started in Australia then moved to UK and is finally here in the US. About a week ago, Google started sending out emails to Google Play's registered users, informing them about the big celebrations. Besides giving away free games, apps, music, and more, Google also announced exclusive second-birthday sales.
When KitKat arrived, one of its lauded perks was the inclusion of the Google Now launcher, which takes Google's handy feature and makes it easily accessible with a swipe from the left. Starting today, those running a Nexus or Google Play Edition handset can grab the launcher from the Play Store.
The world is a social place, and the digital variety is no exception. Keeping pace with this, Google has announced a new update to the Play Store app that brings with it a couple different social elements achieved with Google Plus integration. The update is rolling out now, but will continue to do so for the next couple days, so those who aren't seeing it yet might have to wait a bit longer.
Last month, Google announced that it would be making the Play Store's "Designed for tablets" section default for slate users, something that would take effect on November 21. As promised, Google has started rolling this change out today, and tablet owners should be seeing it show up by default any time now. The change puts the pressure on developers who haven't adjusted their apps already.
In their ongoing teardown of Play Store 4.4, Android Police have found multiple mentions of a "Play Newsstand" that could turn out to be a one-price news subscription service similar in structure to Play Music All Access. This could give users unlimited access to premium news content for a monthly subscription fee. The code also indicates that the service would, if activated, allow for a free trial of the rumored digital news service.
Those who have been wishing for an earlier release date for Google's popular wearable computer might indeed have to wait longer for all the necessary pieces to fall into place. A Google spokesperson has confirmed that a dedicated app store for the Google Glass won't be available until next year, so it would make very little sense to release it for public consumption before then.
Google launched the sleeve for its new Nexus 7 tablet yesterday, a neoprene protective cover for the slate that was available for purchase in both the U.S. and Canada. The sleeve itself was priced at $29.99, which falls in line with conventional pricing elsewhere. What didn't match up to expectations, however, was the shipping price.
With the advent of ebook readers, not to mention the digitization of media in general, many individuals find themselves gravitating towards electronic books, which have several advantages over traditional paper-bound books, including portability and the ability to share across multiple mediums. Because of this, Google has announced a Google Play Books update adding support for uploading ebook files.
Google's I/O event might not start until tomorrow, but a few goodies have already made their way to the surface tonight, including an updated Google Play Store that is rolling out to users now. With the update comes a handful of changes that were both needed and a long time coming, and that aside there are a bunch of features added to the Google Play Services framework. We've got a rundown after the jump, as well as download links.