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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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Adventure Time leads the #tempfreeapps [App Download] list [Late March, 2017]

Adventure Time leads the #tempfreeapps [App Download] list [Late March, 2017]

Today a number of really awesome apps and games have gone from a few dollars on Google Play to free... also on Google Play. This includes such simple future-classics as Peach Icons, and GPS Speed Pro, as well as oddities most haven't heard of before, like Motorsport Manager. And Adventure Time - it doesn't even matter which app it is, it's Adventure Time! No matter which way it's cut, there's one massive number of radical bits and pieces out in the Google Play App Store right this minute - and we've got the best on a list right here and now.

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A few Android apps made free for download [Mid March, 2017]

A few Android apps made free for download [Mid March, 2017]

Today we're going to run down a few of the best temporarily free apps currently up for download on the Google Play app store. A few prerequisites need to be fulfilled before they can appear on this list. These apps need to normally cost 99-cents or more. They also need to be high quality - high quality enough that we've used them ourselves.

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Google Play celebrates 5 years with top 5 lists

Google Play celebrates 5 years with top 5 lists

Google Play is now 5 years old. No, that doesn’t mean that Android is that old as well. Google Play, specifically Google Play Store, just replaced the Android Market back in March 2012 to become a one stop shop not just for apps but for all sorts of digital content. That includes music, books, movies, and TV shows. And it isn’t just for phones and tablets either, as Google Play also distributes content for Chromebooks as well as Daydream VR. To celebrate its birthday, Google takes a look back at its stats and reveals the 5 most popular apps and digital content that has graced its shelves for the past five years.

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Google Play prepares to remove apps over missing privacy policies

Google Play prepares to remove apps over missing privacy policies

Beginning next month, the number of apps offered through the Google Play Store may thin out a bit. Google has been sending out emails to developers alerting them to what is likely an incoming purge, and telling them what they can do to avoid it. Apparently, Google isn't too fond of the fact that a number of apps require sensitive permissions from users, but don't provide a privacy policy to explain why the apps need those permissions.

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