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Avoid all Fleeceware scams with 1 rule for yourself

Avoid all Fleeceware scams with 1 rule for yourself

There's a new sort of scam going on here in 2019 that takes advantage of a modern phenomenon. The idea that you'd pay a fee each month for a service, like Netflix, became commonplace over the past decade. App makers in the Google Play app store were found utilizing a loophole, recently, in the way they get money from unsuspecting users - in some cases to the tune of hundreds of dollars in a single action.

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Google Play Pass launched for Android today

Google Play Pass launched for Android today

Google Play Pass is the obvious alternative to Apple Arcade for Android devices. Normally I wouldn't say such a thing, but the launch dates and announcements for both services are right on top of one another.* It's like a gas station opening right on the other side of the highway from another gas station - there's nothing wrong with that, it's just business!

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Huawei Mate 30 permanently locked bootloader dashes Google Play hopes

Huawei Mate 30 permanently locked bootloader dashes Google Play hopes

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is probably one of the best Android smartphones to be released this year but almost every piece has to inform users about its most critical flaw. Due to conflicts with the US, Huawei is force to ship its latest and greatest without one of the most crucial parts of the Android experience: Google Play Store and services. Unfortunately, Huawei may have just closed the door on users who might have hoped to unofficially install Google's software on the phone.

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Google Play Pass release date is quickly approaching

Google Play Pass release date is quickly approaching

Back at the beginning of August, Google put a new subscription service called Google Play Pass into testing. Essentially, it seems that the Play Pass is Google's answer to Apple Arcade, as it's billed as a subscription service that grants users access to a collection of premium apps and games. Even though Google confirmed that the Play Pass was in testing when it was first outed last month, it didn't tell us when the feature might launch.

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With Android 10, old data makes your phone smarter

With Android 10, old data makes your phone smarter

Today we're looking at how Android 10 utilizes collected info from phones connected with Google Play to optimize apps on current devices. After the initial shock of Android 10 gestures and the joy of discovering top-tier features like internal audio screen recording, we took a brief look at what lies beneath. Android 10 was released on September 3, 2019, starting with Google Pixel smartphones and moving out from there - right to Essential Phone and others.

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Google ramps up bug hunt with Developer Data Protection Reward Program

Google ramps up bug hunt with Developer Data Protection Reward Program

This week the folks at Google responsible for destroying bugs in software have expanded their bug bounty program. Adam Bacchus, Sebastian Porst, and Patrick Mutchler of Android Security and Privacy released a statement on the subject, suggesting that they are "increasing the scope of GPSRP to include all apps in Google Play with 100 million or more installs." GPSRP stands for Google Play Security Reward Program. Google also launched a new program along similar lines called the Developer Data Protection Reward Program (DDPRP).

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Google Play Pass enters testing to challenge Apple Arcade for your wallet

Google Play Pass enters testing to challenge Apple Arcade for your wallet

In case you haven't noticed by now, a large number of companies are really fond of subscription services at the moment. Apple already offers Apple Music, iCloud, and Apple News Plus subscriptions to those who want them, and later this year, it will add one more to the list: Apple Arcade. The idea behind Apple Arcade is to give subscribers unlimited access to a curated collection of mobile games.

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Google Play finally gets 4K Disney movies, slashes HD prices

Google Play finally gets 4K Disney movies, slashes HD prices

If you prefer to get your movies and television shows from Google Play Movies and TV, the company has good news for you: Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies can now be rented and purchased on the platform in 4K Ultra HD resolution. Through Ultra HD movies aren't new on the platform itself, this is the first time Disney has offered its content in 4K for digital purchase on the platform.

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Fake Samsung app with 10 million downloads charges for free firmware

Fake Samsung app with 10 million downloads charges for free firmware

A huge number of Android users have been tricked into downloading a fake Samsung firmware update app that claims it will update a phone's software, but in reality redirects users to an ad-filled website and predatory subscription plan. The app is still live on the Google Play Store as of July 5 at 8PM ET, though it will no doubt get removed in the near future.

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Google’s $0.99 movie rentals are back in ‘Ultimate Weekend’ deal

Google’s $0.99 movie rentals are back in ‘Ultimate Weekend’ deal

If you missed the ultra-cheap $0.99 movie rentals deal Google launched in February, good news: it's 'Ultimate Movie Weekend' on the Google Play Movies & TV store. Under this new deal, Google is offering movie rentals at $0.99 each, including blockbuster titles and popular options from a number of major studios.

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Existing Huawei phone owners can breathe easy just for a bit

Existing Huawei phone owners can breathe easy just for a bit

If you imagined Samsung having a PR panic attack over the Galaxy Fold fiasco last month, you can probably imagine how Huawei is taking all the recent news that has been gnawing at its image in the past days. The US is finally ready to show it has more than just bark and has started to push Huawei into a corner. Google will reportedly stop licensing new Huawei phones but now it is officially reassuring existing owners they have nothing to worry about.

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YouTube Music finally supports local files on Android

YouTube Music finally supports local files on Android

Google is notorious for having a messy messaging platform strategy but its entertainment ecosystem is not any better. It once rallied music, moves, books, and news under a single "Google Play" banner but then probably realized that YouTube is a stronger brand. It has recently decided to eventually sunset Google Play Music in favor of YouTube Music but there has barely been any movement on that front until now. And it's quite a tiny move at that.

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