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Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Google Play Store update: APK flat as Android L

Overnight the newest Material Design-friendly Google Play has come across the early release boards ready for installation. This app will be ready for download by most users on the newest versions of Android immediately if not soon. It’ll be coming with an extra-flat design consistent with the rest of Android L, the system you’ll be getting on the newest smartphones over the next year. Or on forward-thinking smartphones you’ve purchased over the past year that've promised an Android L update as you please, thank you.

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Google Play may let you “try before you buy” soon

Google Play may let you “try before you buy” soon

Android users: Would you be more likely to pay for an app if you got to try it out first? According to a new report, Google is banking that you will. A program, designed to let you try an app out before downloading a paid version, is reportedly being imagined within the walls at Google. The goal is to boost Play Store revenues, making the platform more enticing to Developers. Also, the report says in testing the apps ahead of downloading, we may save on data consumption on our carrier plans.

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Android Wear watchface maker “Face for Wear” exits Beta

Android Wear watchface maker “Face for Wear” exits Beta

This week the folks behind Face for Wear have released their Android Wear smartwatch face-maker to the public. This app allows you to create your own unique face for Android Wear devices, opening the doors for creators everywhere. This will likely be a situation that’s less-than-necessary in the future whenever Google opens their official API to developers and the public, but for now you can go ahead and go with Face. The app costs a fee and some of the watch faces inside the app cost a fee as well - but at what cost fashion?

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Google: Android Devs must respond to customers

Google: Android Devs must respond to customers

If you’ve ever reached out to a Developer of an app and been ignored, you’ll like this update to the Play Store. Now, those Devs who have paid users reaching out to them must respond within three days of receipt of the email. Google is also making it easier for Developers to reach out across the pond and sell their wares in Europe.

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Google Play will soon list in-app purchase price range

Google Play will soon list in-app purchase price range

After coming under fire for lax in-app purchase standards, Google has taken steps to ensure clarity on the topic. After first making strides to shore-up the need for your password when making purchases, Google is now going to be a bit more upfront about their in-app purchasing practices.

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Google Play Store refund window really is 2 hours now

Google Play Store refund window really is 2 hours now

We can finally put this rumor to rest. After previous speculation and random reports about Google's new app refund policy, the Android maker has officially extended its refund timeout for Play Store app purchases to two hours, giving buyers enough time to test out apps and most especially games.

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Malware blocking app mysteriously pulled from Play Store

Malware blocking app mysteriously pulled from Play Store

In a time when identity theft and information pinching is prevalent, it seems salient that you’d want something that could protect you from being tracked without your knowledge. Disconnect Mobile does just that, blocking you from being tracked or fed potentially malicious ads. Once removed from the Play Store, Disconnect Mobile came back last night. The return didn’t last long, as Google kicked them out in a few short hours.

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Google Play Movies can now download movies on iOS

Google Play Movies can now download movies on iOS

Google might have its own platform and services ecosystem, but it isn't shutting out others from the party. At least not all of them. As a gesture of good will, Google is updating its Play Movies app from iTunes to include one very important feature: the ability to download movies for offline viewing.

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Moto 360 and Google Glass appear on Google Play store

Moto 360 and Google Glass appear on Google Play store

This week Google has updated its device store with a couple of new devices. First - and perhaps most important - is the Google sales portal for Moto 360. Where earlier today Motorola’s own sales portal was the only place you’d have been able to purchase their round watch, now Google is bringing the heat as well. Google Glass has been for sale from Google before, but never through Google Play directly.

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ESPN and NFL apps updated with On-Air feature and more

ESPN and NFL apps updated with On-Air feature and more

Need your sports fix no matter where you're at? NFL and ESPN have both updated their own respective apps, giving enthusiasts access to some new features -- most notably one called On-Air -- as well as better overall access to live game broadcasts.

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Swing Copters clones slam Play Store, knock down game’s ranking

Swing Copters clones slam Play Store, knock down game’s ranking

Swing Copters, the latest game from Flappy Birds creator Dong Nguyen, has already spawned hundreds of knock-off apps, and Google has been busy purging them from the Play Store. These games were released ahead of the official app, being created on what Nguyen revealed in the game's teaser video.

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Swing Copters app store downloads live for iOS and Android

Swing Copters app store downloads live for iOS and Android

Tonight the original creator of Flappy Bird has released his next game, the vertically-situated Swing Copters. This game takes the spirit of Flappy Bird and turns it on its side, literally.

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