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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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DISH introduces AirTV, its new 4K Android TV-based streaming device

DISH introduces AirTV, its new 4K Android TV-based streaming device

The market for media streaming devices is getting a little bit crowded, but that isn't stopping DISH from getting in on the action with AirTV. Based on Android TV, AirTV is a new streaming device that combines internet streaming services with over-the-air signals. That is, it combines the two formats assuming you have the right add-ons.

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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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Google Play 4K update beats Apple by a mile

Google Play 4K update beats Apple by a mile

Google Play Movies of all sorts have appeared available for purchase and rental for several Android devices today. These 4K versions of top-tier AAA film releases are appearing on the Google Play store right this minute - though not for all Android devices that support 4K. As Google suggests, Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TVs, and Xiaomi's Mi Box 3 will have access right off the bat.

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Google Pixel Launcher now works on these phones

Google Pixel Launcher now works on these phones

The Pixel Launcher for Android by Google seems to be ready to roll on more than just the Pixel and the Pixel XL. When the Google Pixel Launcher's launch became official, it was Pixel-only. While users will see the requirements for this app to only require Android 5.0, limits seemed to indicate that Pixel-branded phones were actually required.

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New Nook on the way from Barnes & Noble, possibly with Google Play support

New Nook on the way from Barnes & Noble, possibly with Google Play support

It's been some time since we've heard about a new Nook e-reader device. That's because book retailer Barnes & Noble stopped making the tablet directly, instead licensing the brand to other manufacturers, such as Samsung. It appears that Barnes & Noble is going to take another stab at it, however, as an FCC listing has recently been discovered for the new Nook Tablet 7.

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GIPHY Cam arrives on Android with GIF recording, fun editing tools

GIPHY Cam arrives on Android with GIF recording, fun editing tools

A short while after making the beta available, GIPHY Inc. has officially launched GIPHY Cam in the Google Play Store, making it available to all Android users. GIPHY Cam is just about the most fun and simple way to make creative GIFs with your phone, offering an interface not unlike what you find in Vine, but with its own flavors. After holding the record button to film a short looping GIF, users can spice it up with stickers, amusing animations, and more.

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Streaming game trials rolling out in Google Play Store

Streaming game trials rolling out in Google Play Store

One of the most annoying things for mobile gamers who like to play on their smartphone is downloading a free or purchased game only to find out it's terrible a few minutes into play and delete the game. To help users find games they really like Google began to support streaming samples of games in December of 2015 but the catch was that the streaming was only for certain apps. As of today, the ability to try games via streaming before you buy has begun to roll out to more games.

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Android apps exit beta for Chromebook Pixel 2

Android apps exit beta for Chromebook Pixel 2

Good news for those of you Chromebook Pixel 2 owners: you can now download Android apps on your device in a non-beta environment. Chromebook Pixel 2 users have been able to beta test Android apps on their device since back in July, but that kind of functionality was only limited to the Chromebook's developer channel. Now, however, it appears that the official update - stable Chrome 53 - is going live, after spending a few months in what was essentially a developer beta.

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Google low-bandwidth modes for YouTube and Chrome testing now

Google low-bandwidth modes for YouTube and Chrome testing now

Google has announced that it will soon be offering low-bandwidth options for some its more popular apps within India. These low-bandwidth modes are coming to services like YouTube, Chrome, Google Play, and Google News, making them more accessible users who may not have access to the fastest internet connections or are limited severely in what they can do online by low data caps, which is a prevalent issue throughout the country.

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Apple Music launches on Android after long beta test

Apple Music launches on Android after long beta test

Apple is bringing the fight against Spotify and Google Play Music straight to Android, finally launching the Android version of Apple Music on the Google Play Store this week. This launch follows an extended beta test that's been going on since November 2015, giving Apple plenty of time to collect feedback from users and implement changes to bring the app to the full release we're seeing now.

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BlackBerry Hub+ arrives on Google Play for Marshmallow devices

BlackBerry Hub+ arrives on Google Play for Marshmallow devices

We've been seeing BlackBerry enter the realm of Android hardware with the release of the PRIV and the recently revealed DTEK50, but now the company is looking to make a splash on the software side of things. BlackBerry announced today that it's rolling out BlackBerry Hub+ to a wider range of Android phones, giving Android users who don't own BlackBerry hardware a chance to try out its software suite aimed at organizing their social lives.

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