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Google Play to start notifying users of ad-supported apps

Google Play to start notifying users of ad-supported apps

Both the Google Play store for Android and Apple's iOS App Store label apps that feature in-app purchases, making it clear to users that additional money can or may need to be spent to make use of the software. Now, Google Play will be taking things a step further, and notify users before they download that an app is supported via advertisements inside. It seems to be an effort by Google to make its marketplace more transparent when it comes to ads and funding, and the change will take place starting in 2016.

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Google Play Movies & TV heading to LG smart TVs this month

Google Play Movies & TV heading to LG smart TVs this month

LG Smart TV owners will soon be able to watch content from Google Play Movies and TV, it has been announced. The service will be available to users in more than 100 countries around the globe, working with LG’s webOS smart TV system, as well as the old NetCast 4.0 and 4.5 platforms. Google’s movies and television content include everything spanning from indie releases to new shows and long-standing classics. The support will be coming to LG Smart TVs later this month.

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Google’s Play Books gives comics a kick in the cape

Google’s Play Books gives comics a kick in the cape

Though Google has had digital editions of comic books from every major publisher for quite a while, the reading experience hasn't changed a whole lot since Google's "Play Books" app's comic experience was first launched. As such, Google has decided to give the whole digital comic-reading experience a kick in the pants. Google is launching a number of features in Play Books that aim directly at the comic book reader, including a new vertical scrolling experience that makes comic reading on a smartphone a whole lot more intuitive.

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SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey has announced a new update for Android, rolling out SwiftKey 6 to users. The app first went into a public beta a few weeks ago, and after some further refining it is rolling out to the general public. The new version brings with it several new features, chief among them being double-word prediction, which predicts the next pair of words you’ll say in a single instant rather than just single-word predictions.

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Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Podcasts are all the rage lately, and they partly have Serial to thank. Following the resurgence in popularity, we’ve seen music services increasingly advertise offering them, and now Google is getting into the mix. Today, the company announced that podcasts will soon be arriving on Google Play Music; the audio shows will have their own dedicated portal, which is currently up for podcasters to access.

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Google Play adds fingerprint authentication for purchases

Google Play adds fingerprint authentication for purchases

Along with the Google Play store's new redesign to better match style of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the digital marketplace has been updated to allow users to confirm purchases with just their fingerprint. This does, of course, require users' device actually have a fingerprint sensor, as well as be running Android Marshmallow. This is comparable with Apple's own Touch ID, which debuted two years ago with the ability to authenticate purchases in the App Store, skipping the need for manual password entry.

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YouTube Red: How, When, and Why

YouTube Red: How, When, and Why

This morning YouTube revealed a subscription service that'll encompass not only all of the video content they have to offer, but music from Google as well. With YouTube Red, users will pay a monthly fee to be able to view the vast majority of YouTube content without advertisements, and offline, too. This service ties in with Google Play Music - and YouTube Music Key - as they'll soon all be offered under the same umbrella, for the same monthly fee, all at once.

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Google Play store redesign revealed in new images

Google Play store redesign revealed in new images

With the release of a new version of Android each year, Google's mobile operating system often see new interface designs and adjustments, especially with last year's debut of Material Design. Now it's time for the Google Play store specifically to get an overhaul of its own. A redesign of the app marketplace is on the way, and Kirill Grouchnikov, a software engineer at Google, has shared some of the first images on his Google+ page this week.

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Google gives away Rick Astley’s greatest hit

Google gives away Rick Astley’s greatest hit

Few musicians have tasted such delicious "one hit wonder" delights as Rick Astley, creator of the internet's favorite song "Never Gonna Give You Up." It's the song you use to "Rick Roll" your friends. You link to the video, you link to the song, you link to Rick's image if you're feeling like your friend knows the joke well enough. Today Google has collaborated with the master himself, giving away the full "Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Astley" to Google Play Music users today.

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Samsung Pay may land for Verizon users soon

Samsung Pay may land for Verizon users soon

Samsung's Will Graylin made a tweet recently that indicates Verizon users might soon get access to Samsung Pay mobile payments. Graylin is the co-GM of Samsung Pay so he should be in the know enough to say when and if the service will spread to other users. Graylin said in the tweet that Samsung pay for Verizon should be available in the next week or so.

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Pink Floyd album goes free on Google Music: “Wish You Were Here”

Pink Floyd album goes free on Google Music: “Wish You Were Here”

As it happens every once in a while, Google Music and/or Google Play has struck a deal with the people who own Pink Floyd's back catalog to release an album for free for a temporary time. This album is "Wish You Were Here", largely a Roger Waters album with four distinct songs in 12 different pieces. This album hit number one back when it was released in 1975 on the US Billboard 200, UK Albums Chart, and French albums chart. This album features an extended 9-part song that may or may not be about the absence of Syd Barret from the band and the lives of the band members.

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Khan Academy launches its first Android app

Khan Academy launches its first Android app

Need a refresher on those high school math classes? Not quite sure how to decipher talks of economics? That’s where Khan Academy comes in — it offers free courses on a variety of subject matter for anyone interested in learning. The company previously launched a mobile app for iPhone users, but Android users were left out. That changed on Tuesday, with Khan Academy's Android app exiting beta and launching for everyone.

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