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Huawei Apps Up contest calls for apps using its Google Play replacement

Huawei Apps Up contest calls for apps using its Google Play replacement

For that past year or so, Huawei has been hurriedly setting up the foundations that would allow it to operate a mobile ecosystem even without Google. It has many of those already in place, including its own AppGallery store and Huawei Mobile Services as a stand-in for Google Mobile Services. Now, however, comes the challenge of filling that store with apps that don't rely on Google's APIs and it's enticing interest developers with monetary rewards to do so.

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Huawei P30 Pro New Edition may have Google Play thanks to a “cheat”

Huawei P30 Pro New Edition may have Google Play thanks to a “cheat”

If you want a Huawei phone that has Google Play Store pre-installed, you'll have to be prepared to opt for an older model from early 2019 and prior. But what if you wanted a shiny new phone, you'll have to settle for something that only looks new on the outside. That seems to be the tactic that Huawei is adopting in order to ship a new phone with Google Play services and apps, effectively getting around restrictions placed by the US government.

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Huawei P Smart 2020 will launch with Google apps thanks to this trick

Huawei P Smart 2020 will launch with Google apps thanks to this trick

Thanks to being on the US' entity list, US companies have been barred from doing business with Huawei. The exception that the government has continually made at least allows those companies to support products that were already out in the market before the ban fell. Unsurprisingly, Huawei has found a small loophole that lets it launch a new product that is still actually old, allowing it to make an upcoming P Smart 2020 Edition that, unlike its more expensive contemporaries, will be able to launch with Google Play Store and apps inside.

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Fortnite released to Google Play for Android, Epic explains why

Fortnite released to Google Play for Android, Epic explains why

Epic Games launched Fortnite to Android 18 months ago, without releasing the game to Google Play. The game was released to iOS through the Apple app store, but for Android, Epic Games tried to operate through their own website for app downloads. Epic revealed today that they've decided to launch to Google Play - but why the change of heart?

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Google makes it easier to find kids apps with Teacher Approved badge

Google makes it easier to find kids apps with Teacher Approved badge

Google is making it easier for parents to find high-quality Android apps for their kids by introducing a new 'Teacher Approved' badge in the Google Play Store. With this, users can see which kids apps have been flagged as notable by educators, as well as the reasons that particular app was awarded the badge, including the ages it is for, the benefits it offers, and the type of education it provides.

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Google Play Store policies adapt to COVID-19 pandemic

Google Play Store policies adapt to COVID-19 pandemic

Smartphones have become an essential part of modern life but getting stuck at home made them even more critical. But as more and more people rely on the Internet and mobile devices, the importance of keeping these places safe from not just malware but also misinformation is becoming just as critical. Responding to the global situation, Google is making a few changes to its Google Play rules, especially when it comes to apps that relate to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Google Play Movies may soon offer hundreds of free movies with ads

Google Play Movies may soon offer hundreds of free movies with ads

There have been quite a number of streaming services voicing their support to promote the stability of the Internet by throttling the quality of videos or offering more content to help keep people inside longer. One name that is noticeably missing is, of course, Google Play Movies. It may not have enough users to bring the Internet down but, more importantly, it doesn't have that much free content to entice them in the first place. That could, however, be changing soon based on clues found in Play Movies' Android app.

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Google Play Games to get a curious “Play Together” social feature

Google Play Games to get a curious “Play Together” social feature

Thanks to the prevalence of all sorts of gaming today, the stereotype of gamers being anti-social loners is fading away. Gaming, especially thanks to the Internet, is now being seen as a social activity that connects people from diverse walks of life all around the world. Even mobile games, those ones you play glued to your screen, are social as well, or at least highly competitive. It seems that Google is finally taking note and will add some social features to its Android gaming platform, including a rather odd one.

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Google on new Huawei phones: don’t sideload Google Play apps

Google on new Huawei phones: don’t sideload Google Play apps

It has been almost a year since Huawei came under the US government's ban hammer, effectively barred from doing business or making new acquisitions from most US companies. Over the course of the months, some of its partners, like Microsoft, have either voiced support for the embattled Chinese giant while others, like ARM, have found ways to circumvent the rather encompassing but still US-only directive. Huawei's biggest partner in the mobile market has been curiously mum but Google is now breaking its silence and it isn't looking good for Huawei.

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HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

The year 2020 will prove to the world just how ready Huawei is to live in a world without Google on Android. Huawei was blocked last year from working with Google directly, leading them to seek an alternative to GMS: Google Mobile Services, aka official license from Google to include Google apps and the Google Play digital content store on Android devices. Here in 2020, Huawei's about to release their first phone with both the Huawei app store and HMS: Huawei Mobile Services, and it won't be the last.

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Honor V30 to debut next week as the first with Huawei Mobile Services

Honor V30 to debut next week as the first with Huawei Mobile Services

MWC 2020 may no longer be taking place but for the companies who already hedged their bets on the annual event, the show must go on. In their own way and own venue, of course. Honor, who suffers the same fate as parent company Huawei, will be live streaming from Barcelona next week and it may be one to watch if rumors are true that the Honor V30 and V30 Pro it will announce will also be the first time we'll see Huawei's Google Play replacement out in the wild.

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YouTube Music library upload heralds Google Play Music retirement

YouTube Music library upload heralds Google Play Music retirement

Messaging platforms and services aren't the only confusing things that Google is offering. It also has more than one music or video service and it can sometimes be a guessing game on which one will survive. Almost two years ago, Google already declared that YouTube Music is the winner but it has so far failed to incorporate features that would make the transition from Google Play Music less painful. Now it seems that the death knell is ringing and that may happen sooner rather than later.

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