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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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Google Play app is getting a Material Design upgrade

Google Play app is getting a Material Design upgrade

The Google Play Store app is set to see an upgrade soon, and it’s going to be a good one. This time around, Android users will see a whole lot if Material Design. From shadows to animation, the experience is about to get a lot bolder and brighter across the board. There will also be a portal to manage your account much easier, and the ability to add or change payment options, buy/redeem Google Play credit, or use PayPal.

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Sony’s own Backup & Restore app hacked, taken over

Sony’s own Backup & Restore app hacked, taken over

When you have a smartphone, you’d like to trust that the apps coming straight form the manufacturer of that phone are secure. More to the point, you’d probably safely assume any software designed to access your information stored in your phone would be something that couldn’t be compromised in any way. A new report suggests Sony’s own backup and restore app has been hacked, but that’s not even the most sensational news. Hackers have taken over the app entirely, even claiming ownership in Google Play.

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A “version of” Google Play may come to China

A “version of” Google Play may come to China

If you’re in China, Google is hard to come by. The search company pulled out of China in 2010 due to repeated hacking attempts and censorship. There’s also the sticky situation of China’s desire to have all information about Chinese users stored in their country. We’re not sure how, but a new report suggests Google will be bringing — of all things — the Play Store to China. Well, a “version of” the Play Store, at least. Light on details, the new report is intriguing nonetheless.

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Project Tango hits Google Play, but isn’t for sale (yet)

Project Tango hits Google Play, but isn’t for sale (yet)

Google’s Project Tango is an exciting look into the future of tablets, gaming, and just overall tech. The devices, via series of cameras and sensors, can map environments and objects in 3D. We knew Project tango would be made available “later” this year, but as time ticked away, we wondered if Google was just behind a bit. Turns out, they may not be. The Project Tango tablet has been discovered on the Play Store, but it’s not quite ready for you to purchase yet.

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