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Google Play Store cuts developer tax for subscriptions by half

Google Play Store cuts developer tax for subscriptions by half

The industry practice of "70/30" revenue cuts between developers and app store owners have been put under a microscope in the past few years, especially after Epic Games made some big noise about it. It did force a few platforms to make changes to their policies, usually reducing the so-called "developer tax" under certain circumstances only. In general, however, storefront owners still take 30% of the profits by default, but Google is making a significant change in that policy to push subscriptions to the forefront.

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Android 11 permission auto-reset is rolling out to older versions

Android 11 permission auto-reset is rolling out to older versions

Mobile platforms, actually almost all software these days, hinge their privacy and security features around the permissions systems. Apps that don't require access to certain features or hardware shouldn't be able to access them, and when they do, they need to get the user's consent first. Android has refined that system over time and has allowed users to grant or revoke apps' permissions at any time. Not all realize that, however, and some might have even forgotten that they have some apps installed. That's what the permission auto-reset feature was made for, and it's coming to phones running something as old as Android 6 Marshmallow.

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CAT S22 Flip is a rugged Android phone in old-school clamshell guise

CAT S22 Flip is a rugged Android phone in old-school clamshell guise

The flip or clamshell phone design has gone the way of the dinosaur, but there is still at least one company that makes them. Not only has Samsung been launching a flip phone for China and South Korea year after year after year, its Galaxy Z Flip even puts a modern and hi-tech spin to the old school form factor. Compared to those, the rugged CAT S22 Flip looks almost negligible, but it has a few important perks that make it worth a second look, especially if you're in the market for tough-as-tanks phones.

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Xiaomi 11T Review : Snappy for the price

Xiaomi 11T Review : Snappy for the price

The Xiaomi 11T is a high-powered smartphone that is effectively a tiny movie screen. Xiaomi positions this device as a "Cinemagic" device, aiming to be a boss in the smartphone camera department. The cameras at the back of this device are very similar to those equipped with the Xiaomi 11T Pro - the big differences appear to come (at least in part) due to the processor inside either smartphone.

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Google Play Store will soon show app ratings tailored to users’ devices

Google Play Store will soon show app ratings tailored to users’ devices

App ratings are an important way for consumers to support others in their search for the perfect app, but these ratings aren't always useful for everyone. Someone who has a low-end tablet, for example, may experience issues running an app that someone who has a high-end phone wouldn't experience. To address this, Google says it will soon adjust app ratings to reflect the types of devices relevant to each user.

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Time to trash your old Android phones

Time to trash your old Android phones

Google sent out a note this week about some of the oldest Android devices, saying they'll cut off service soon. If you have an Android device that's a certain age or older - or more specifically, running a very old version of Android - it may finally be time to accept that it's no longer worth keeping in your dresser drawer. Unless, of course, you're just using the device like a virtual photo album. That'll still work.

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Google Play safety section will show what apps do with your data

Google Play safety section will show what apps do with your data

Today's civilization revolves around software and data to the point that some even say that today's products are people. Specifically, the data associated with people are the products. Security and privacy have become huge and controversial topics in the tech world and have even been used as advertising points used by some companies. In that light, Google has been working hard to remove the stigma of being one of the biggest violators of privacy and has implemented changes to secure the safety of its users. Its upcoming changes to Google Play promises to make it easier for Android users to see and understand what all these safety features mean for them.

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Amazon Appstore Android App Bundle support will eventually happen

Amazon Appstore Android App Bundle support will eventually happen

Amazon's Appstore has been around for a long, long time, but it recently came under the spotlight with Microsoft's Windows 11 announcement. It will be the platform that will enable installing Android apps on Windows PCs, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions, especially regarding technical implementations. The Amazon Appstore itself hasn't exactly been renowned for its advanced features, but the e-commerce giant is now making a public commitment to bringing it up to speed with Google's next-gen Android App Bundle format.

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Google Play Store in-app billing deadline delayed to 2022

Google Play Store in-app billing deadline delayed to 2022

The business models of many app stores have come under fire in the past year or so, escalating with Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple. At the heart of the matter is how platform owners are using their position to implement mechanisms and policies that force developers to give up as much as 30% of their profits. To be more specific, even small in-app purchases are required to go through Apple's or Google's billing systems, which means giving them a cut of the revenue, but Google is now postponing the strict enforcement of that policy until next year.

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Android 12 update brings long-awaited easy gaming feature

Android 12 update brings long-awaited easy gaming feature

New gaming-focused features were revealed this week by Google for Android 12 and the future of Android in general. Android 12 will deliver a large collection of features to devices when released in its full form later this year - for now, it's out in Beta form for those brave enough to take advantage of early-release software. If you're a fan of having access to games as fast as possible, the new "play as you download" feature in Android 12 for Google Play might be right up your alley.

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Google Play Services is dropping support for Android Jelly Bean

Google Play Services is dropping support for Android Jelly Bean

Android is often criticized for its fragmentation, but that situation also has a rather interesting side effect. Even while manufacturers have abandoned very old devices, Google has maintained support for versions of Android going back almost a decade, as long as there are still enough users to justify the maintenance cost. It seems, however, that the death knell has tolled for Android Jelly Bean as Google announces the discontinuation of Google Play Services support for devices still running on the 2012 Android release.

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This Android app can test your phone’s water resistance without water

This Android app can test your phone’s water resistance without water

A user on Reddit, going by rayw_reddit, recently posted in the r/Samsung subreddit that they had built a new app to test water resistance for smartphones. The app claims to test the IP67/IP68 water-resistance seals without having to dunk the device in water. The creator says the app was designed to give people confidence that their expensive smartphone is water-resistant.

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