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Google Play is critical to Android’s safety and success says Google

Google Play is critical to Android’s safety and success says Google

Huawei's troubles with the US government has indirectly resulted in Google's role in the Android ecosystem being put under a microscope. More than just being the main developer of the platform itself, its Google Play Store has become an indispensable part of the Android experience, despite being proprietary and requiring certification that may be blocked by the US government. Google has just released a report on "how" Google Play works and what it has done for the platform, which is also its indirect way of showing how important it is to Android phones.

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Delete Fortnite NOW if you downloaded from Google

Delete Fortnite NOW if you downloaded from Google

Fortnite was re-submitted to Google Play in December of 2019, and a bit of confusion ensued. Epic Games apparently attempted to get an exception to the billing agreement made between developers and Google for inclusion in Google Play. They did not get said exception. Google decided that Epic Games did not deserve any sort of exception as such, and that all developers needed to abide by the same rules, even when the game is as exceptional as Fortnite.

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Google Play Pass gets another 37 art apps and mobile games

Google Play Pass gets another 37 art apps and mobile games

Google Play Pass, the platform's' subscription service, has added dozens of new apps, Google has announced. The new additions cover many genres, including mobile games like Jurassic World: Dinosaurs and Drive Simualtor, as well as art apps like Pixel Art and a journaling app called Diaro, among others. The new additions join hundreds of other included apps.

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Huawei 90-day license extension still leaves Mate 30 fate in limbo

Huawei 90-day license extension still leaves Mate 30 fate in limbo

The rumors were only partially correct. The US Commerce Department has indeed thrown Huawei a lifeline by granting it another Temporary General License extension but not the short 14-day period earlier believed. In fact, for the third time, Huawei is being given another 90 days to do business with US companies. Despite what looks like a generous reprieve, however, the fate of Huawei's mobile products, particularly the Mate 30 series, still remains uncertain because of the limits the extension imposes on Huawei's trade with US companies.

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Google App Defense Alliance will stop bad apps before they even hit

Google App Defense Alliance will stop bad apps before they even hit

The drama around Huawei's Google Play problem put a spotlight on the role that Android's premier app store plays in the mobile ecosystem. It is the official source of Android apps and advertises advanced detection and removal of malware or malware-infected apps. Given coverage tech news, however, it's clear there's still room for improvement. That's why Google has partnered with some mobile security companies to form the App Defense Alliance, promising to stop malware even before they have a chance to touch your phone.

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Google Play Points rewards program launches in the US

Google Play Points rewards program launches in the US

Google is rolling out its Play Points reward program in the United States, the company has announced. The program has already been available in South Korea and Japan over the past year where it has millions of people who are participating. The program is free to join, offering points that can be used for discounts, special items, and more.

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Huawei phones could get Google apps again as trade licenses loom

Huawei phones could get Google apps again as trade licenses loom

Huawei might receive an early Christmas gift in the next few weeks, presuming the US government makes good on President Trump's promise to grant a number of exceptions to US companies wanting to do business with Huawei. As many as 260 requests have been filed, asking a license to do trade with the Chinese manufacturer, one of which is believed to be Google. If granted, this could mean that Huawei phones will be able to ship Google Play apps and services again, at least for a short period of time.

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Google bans predatory personal loan apps from the Play Store

Google bans predatory personal loan apps from the Play Store

Google has banned services that offer predatory personal loans from the Play Store. The change was quietly revealed on the company's 'restricted content' policy page, which now lists high-interest loan services among the types of apps no longer allowed in the store, including certain payday loan apps, ones offering access to peer-to-peer loans, title loans, and similar.

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Huawei Mate 30 Google Play problem is becoming dangerous for users

Huawei Mate 30 Google Play problem is becoming dangerous for users

Some Android users might make light of the conundrum that Huawei has found itself in with regards to the US blacklist, Huawei phone owners are getting desperate for reassurance that their investments aren't going to go up in smoke. That's especially true for those who decided to buy the Huawei Mate 30 series, especially the $1,000 Mate 30 Pro. They're unfortunately caught in a state of limbo and, sooner or later, there will be some enterprising people who will have no reservations taking advantage of them.

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Avoid all Fleeceware scams with 1 rule for yourself

Avoid all Fleeceware scams with 1 rule for yourself

There's a new sort of scam going on here in 2019 that takes advantage of a modern phenomenon. The idea that you'd pay a fee each month for a service, like Netflix, became commonplace over the past decade. App makers in the Google Play app store were found utilizing a loophole, recently, in the way they get money from unsuspecting users - in some cases to the tune of hundreds of dollars in a single action.

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Google Play Pass launched for Android today

Google Play Pass launched for Android today

Google Play Pass is the obvious alternative to Apple Arcade for Android devices. Normally I wouldn't say such a thing, but the launch dates and announcements for both services are right on top of one another.* It's like a gas station opening right on the other side of the highway from another gas station - there's nothing wrong with that, it's just business!

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Huawei Mate 30 permanently locked bootloader dashes Google Play hopes

Huawei Mate 30 permanently locked bootloader dashes Google Play hopes

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is probably one of the best Android smartphones to be released this year but almost every piece has to inform users about its most critical flaw. Due to conflicts with the US, Huawei is force to ship its latest and greatest without one of the most crucial parts of the Android experience: Google Play Store and services. Unfortunately, Huawei may have just closed the door on users who might have hoped to unofficially install Google's software on the phone.

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