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Google’s Black Friday deals include some must-see price cuts

Google’s Black Friday deals include some must-see price cuts

While many companies announced their Black Friday deals last week, Google made us wait a little while longer. With the clock winding down, Google revealed the offers it will have on Black Friday today, and it might surprise you to learn that many of them revolve around Google Play. Sorry to say it, but if you were hoping to see discounts on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, there won't be much for you this year.

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Movies Anywhere is your one stop digital movie shop

Movies Anywhere is your one stop digital movie shop

There are hundreds, no, thousands of movies available almost literally at our fingertips, on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and more. But these naturally come from different sources via different channels, almost all of which are in competition with one another. Wouldn't it be grand if there was just one place to find and watch them all? That nearly impossible dream has suddenly come true with the new Movies Anywhere platform that brings together five Hollywood studios and four digital retailers under one roof, coexisting in peace and harmony.

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Google-certified phones will have Play Protect logo on boxes

Google-certified phones will have Play Protect logo on boxes

Security hasn’t exactly been one of the strong suits of Android, something that Google has been trying hard to address lately. Or at least give off that impression. Its latest Play Protect thrust really just gives a public, and therefore marketable, face to the technologies that Google has been using for years. And now it is putting that stamp right on the boxes of Android devices that have undergone Google’s certification process and that, therefore, ship with Google Play Store and Services.

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Chrome Enterprise is ready for business

Chrome Enterprise is ready for business

Google introduced Chrome Enterprise today to allow businesses more control over their Chromebooks. With Chrome Enterprise, businesses will have access to a collection of features not available on the standard version of Chrome OS. With this subscription service, Google aims to bring businesses a more secure and consistent user experience for all computer-using workers.

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Unstable Android apps punished with poor Google Play placement

Unstable Android apps punished with poor Google Play placement

Google plans to punish crash-prone Android apps with worse rankings in the Google Play Store, in an attempt to force developers to write more stable code. The move will see Google wield some machine intelligence along with human assessors onto the vast quantity of titles available in the Google Play download store, following persistent complaints by Android device users that much of what's in there can be flaky and dissatisfying. Just as in search, Google plans to hit the developers responsible where it hurts the most: visibility.

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Google Play is handing out store credit to some users

Google Play is handing out store credit to some users

If you go check out the Google Play Store right now, you might find that you have a special offer waiting for you. Google Play is handing out a credit to some of its users, which is certainly a pleasant surprise. Pleasant as it may be, only some users seem to be getting it, and even then, the credit isn't very much to begin with.

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Lightroom’s ‘Android native’ interface goes live in version 3.0

Lightroom’s ‘Android native’ interface goes live in version 3.0

If you fancy yourself a photographer and want something more powerful than Instagram, there's a good chance you use Adobe's mobile version of Lightroom. The app has been steadily improved for mobile for years, offering some of Lightroom's best features for smartphone and tablet users. A fairly significant update for Android users was just pushed out, and it overhauls the interface.

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Google Play Movies gets 4K HDR streaming option

Google Play Movies gets 4K HDR streaming option

Google has some good news for the 4K TV owners out there: Google Play Movies now offers up 4K HDR videos, though not all movies are available with both. Of course, you could also take advantage of this streaming option if you have a high-end handset with a suitable display, such as the new Galaxy S8*. It isn't clear how many movies are available in 4K HDR, but finding the shows is easy using search. *UPDATE: It would seem that HDR support will not be working on smartphones at this time, and is instead only working with the Chromecast Ultra.

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Google Play summer sale begins today [App downloads, media]

Google Play summer sale begins today [App downloads, media]

This week the folks at Google have begun the first summer sale they've ever held in the Google Play Store that's also store-wide. This stale includes a number of pieces of software and media right from the start, and will roll out additional price-cuts for software and media in the near future. This will include apps, books, and games - while Google Music seems set to stay separate as its own entity.

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This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

Users that've downloaded the app "Magic Browser" at any point in the past should delete the app immediately. This app has been found to contain malware of a simple sort - but terrible nonetheless. This app's malware is especially dangerous not because of what it can do to an average user's phone, but because of how crafty it is in making it's way into the phone - trickery!

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This new Google Play Music feature is exclusive to the Galaxy S8 and S8+

This new Google Play Music feature is exclusive to the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Back in April, as we previously reported, Google Play Music offered some special perks for Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners, primarily the ability to upload 100,000 songs to the cloud rather than 50,000, plus an extended 3-month free trial. Now Google has extended another exclusive feature to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ -- a special personalized radio station that plays the latest hits, but only the ones you (probably) want to hear.

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Google VS Root: Why SafetyNet is now standard for developers

Google VS Root: Why SafetyNet is now standard for developers

Blocking apps from being used on rooted smartphones is about to become standard practice. As we found out this morning, Google's latest update to the Google Play Console, as updated during Google IO 2017, includes a Safety Net toggle. This toggle is one of many which give developers a very simple way of allowing some features to be compatible with the apps they make, and others to be kicked from the pack.

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