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Android Nearby Share with everyone incoming

Android Nearby Share with everyone incoming

It would appear that Google has a new way to share files in the mix with Android. Per the latest version of Google Play Services and some creative work looking at the code for the system, Nearby Share with "everyone mode" is nearly ready for the pubic. This update would add "Everyone" to device visibility right next to "Contacts" and "Hidden" in Nearby Share.

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Google Play Movies & TV on some smart TVs is shutting down

Google Play Movies & TV on some smart TVs is shutting down

Google is notorious for having a handful of overlapping and sometimes redundant messaging platforms but it seems to be a trait shared by almost all of the company's digital content services. Until just last year, YouTube Music and Play Music competed for attention and subscriptions and Google also had multiple news and magazine apps. It has recently also been trying to consolidate its videos and movies catalog and it is Google Play Movies & TV that will be getting the short end of the stick, especially on some smart TV brands.

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New Android malware spreads via malicious WhatsApp auto-replies

New Android malware spreads via malicious WhatsApp auto-replies

A new and malicious Android malware was discovered on the Google Play Store. The malware was disguised as a Netflix content enabling app called "FlixOnline." The malware spreads itself via malicious automatic replies to WhatsApp messages sent to the user. Payloads for the malware are received from a remote command and control server.

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Google Play Pass adds Dead Cells, KOTOR to its growing list

Google Play Pass adds Dead Cells, KOTOR to its growing list

When Apple launched its Arcade subscription service, it was expected that Google would also soon follow suit. Unlike Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass, in theory, includes not just games but also apps, though the focus, unsurprisingly, has been on the entertainment side of mobile software. So when Google announced the new members of its growing Google Play Pass family, it's no surprise that they are almost all made up of games, ranging from some obscure titles to popular hits like Dead Cells.

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Google Play will limit apps that can see what apps are installed

Google Play will limit apps that can see what apps are installed

Every Android release has seen a refinement of what was once an overly broad app permissions system. Today, users can grant or deny permissions on a case-to-case basis and developers are required to be more upfront about the permissions they need and why they need them. There are still some cases, however, where even the fine-grained permissions can be abused, forcing Google to tighten the noose. One such case is the ability to see what apps are installed on a phone, and starting next month, Google will start culling apps that don't have any business doing that.

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Google Play Store crowdsources optimizing Android apps

Google Play Store crowdsources optimizing Android apps

Once upon a time, Android apps were these monolithic packages that contained almost all versions of the app for all architectures and languages that it supports. Recently, Google has been pushing for a new system that put Android packages on a diet to make downloading, installing, and running them faster. Its latest trick is to learn how to better optimize that process and it's pretty much roping in almost all Android users in a crowdsourced "study" on how apps are being used after they are installed.

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Google Play Books can now read stories to young kids

Google Play Books can now read stories to young kids

Google has added new features to its Play Books platform, ones aimed at young kids who may not yet know how to read or who may have limited reading skills. In addition to a new read-and-listen feature, the app also now offers a kid-friendly dictionary to help young readers learn new vocabulary while reading stories.

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Android Sleep API to make sleep tracking apps more efficient

Android Sleep API to make sleep tracking apps more efficient

There has been perhaps an overabundance of focus on activity trackers, most of them targeting, well, activities. While movement and exercise are, of course, important, they aren't the only measures of a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is just as important, perhaps even more so these days. In an effort to help app developers and, consequently, users develop better sleeping habits, Google is launching its new Sleep API to empower better low-power sleep tracking on all Android devices.

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Android Nearby Share can share Google Play Store apps

Android Nearby Share can share Google Play Store apps

There has been a focus on device-to-device file sharing on Android recently, partly due to the revelation about popular app SHAREit's security flaws. The reason third-party apps like this proliferate is that Android itself hasn't had a reliable, long-term file-sharing system across different phone brands. Google has been slowly, very slowly, working on its Android Nearby framework and its latest trick is to let users share not just files between two phones but even apps from Google Play Store.

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National Park Services rolls out a unified app for national parks

National Park Services rolls out a unified app for national parks

In the past, the National Park Service maintained a separate app for each national park or landmark around the United States. The challenge of keeping all those updated was probably significant, but that has now changed. The National Park Service now has a unified app for all parks allowing people to research and monitor hundreds of landmarks in a single location.

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10 million Android users infected by barcode scanner adware via app update

10 million Android users infected by barcode scanner adware via app update

Security company Malwarebytes has reported that late last December, it began getting distress calls from forum patrons. The company says that these forum users were experiencing ads opening via their default browser out of nowhere. The strangest part about the ad serving outbreak was that none of them had recently installed any apps, and all apps that were installed came directly from Google Play.

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Google Play Pass update shows it’s still alive

Google Play Pass update shows it’s still alive

Over a year ago, Google finally launched its response to Apple's Arcade subscription service. Going beyond just games, however, Google Play Pass also gives access to productivity and utility apps as well. Unlike Google's other apps and services, however, Play Pass doesn't always make it to headlines after its initial launch. Some might have the idea that the subscription service has quietly disappeared into the background but the company's latest update tries to convince you otherwise.

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