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Delete Google Music, it’s not coming back

Delete Google Music, it’s not coming back

This week Google Music will stop working for your devices, if it's not already stopped working today. Over the past year Google's phased out the Google Music ecosystem in favor of YouTube Music, they're alternative to each service offered by the former. The Google Music platform allows switching to a YouTube Music account, and costs are similar, but users will need to actively make the change to download the new app and log in.

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The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

Today the folks at Sensor Tower delivered a list of top app store downloads for iOS and Android devices for the month of September, 2020. This list has a bunch of entries you'll likely expect, like TikTok and YouTube, but a few that you might've never heard of before, like Snack Video. Suffice to say - we're dealing with a COVID-19 universe in the app market right now: these lists make that very clear.

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Google Play Pass is now available in 24 new countries

Google Play Pass is now available in 24 new countries

Google Play fans in countries outside the US haven't always been able to access the Play Pass subscription service. The good news for some in European countries feeling left out is that Google has expanded into 24 additional markets. Previously, Play Pass was available in the US, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Sonos sues as Google audio tech remains all too familiar

Sonos sues as Google audio tech remains all too familiar

Sonos filed a lawsuit against Google this week to further claims of patent infringement with smart speaker products. Sonos claims that a team-up between the companies with the launch of Google Play Music resulted in Google effectively copying Sonos technology for use in smart speakers they'd release years later. This claim comes just before Google's next major event in which the company is expected to reveal one more smart speaker and/or smart audio product that Sonos expects will continue what they consider the company's "disregard for IP."

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Google reveals Android 12 app store change and Play payment crackdown

Google reveals Android 12 app store change and Play payment crackdown

Google will enforce its in-app payments policy, insisting that developers making digital sales in software distributed through the Google Play store use the official billing system, in a crack-down that follows a high-profile lawsuit with Fortnite developer Epic Games. The announcement - word of which was leaked last week - comes alongside new news about third-party download stores that will be supported in Android 12.

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Google may plan to pull Fediverse apps, prompting outcry from users

Google may plan to pull Fediverse apps, prompting outcry from users

Google may be planning to pull Fediverse apps from the Google Play Store over concerns about hate speech, a new report claims. These apps are designed to connect users with federated servers in a way similar to forum apps designed to connect users to different forums. It seems these apps may have been targeted because they make it possible to access servers that host hate speech, prompting criticism from users.

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Google Play Pass update enables $30 tier, new games

Google Play Pass update enables $30 tier, new games

Google announced a series of updates to Google Play Pass, including a new way to subscribe that cuts costs for long-term users. Google Play Pass is a subscription service that allows users to download and play hundreds of games and apps with no advertisements or in-app purchases. The latest version of the service enables a per-year subscription cost.

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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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