Android has really matured as a platform, but why is app discovery still such a problem? It’s not just that it’s difficult for indie developers to get noticed, the user experience in the Play Store is awful. The search functionality is poor and there’s a lack of curation.
Users that were fooled by the fake antivirus app Virus Shield are not only getting their money back, but Google is giving them an additional $5 credit to the Play Store. The app sold for $3.99 to about 10,000 users before it was pulled from the Play Store.
In a bid to make Mother’s Day more special — or at least to give you more gift choices for your mother — Google has launched its Mother’s Day promo early on the Google Play Store. From today until May 5, you can get your mom a year’s subscription for her favorite magazine for only US$5.00. You might also want to throw in a copy of her favorite book — for half the original price. The promo also includes discounts for other digital content that both mothers and their kids will enjoy. If you’re planning to surprise your mother with…
Google currently relies on user feedback for flagging pirated or cloned apps, but a newly granted patent gives us hope that a better solution could be coming in the future.
Google has added in a new menu item to the Google Play Store web interface called My Play activity, which allows users to see all of their app reviews and +1s in a single location. Essentially offering the same as the recent activity feature that was added to the Android Play Store app a few months back.
Google is pushing out an update to the Play Store Developer Policies in an effort to protect users and help shape the user experience. The update contains some new policies and some updated wording that addresses annoying trends we have seen in apps and helps maintain a positive, and family friendly, experience for users of the Play Store.
After accidentally letting the cat out of the bag a bit earlier, HTC has now confirmed the Google Play Edition of the HTC One (M8) will arrive in the coming weeks.
This week in your world of Android: Google launched Android Wear, Moto and LG teased their new smartwatches, the Chromecast and Nexus arrived to more countries along with Play Movies and Music, Oppo introduced the amazing Find 7, KitKat finally hit Sony’s flagships, the Galaxy S5 went up for preorder, and some cool new features were added to Google Now.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
Google is rolling out an update to the Google Play Store app – In-app purchase permissions and password protection settings lead the way, some design tweaks, text changes and, we’re sure, bug fixes round out the changes.
Today’s indie app of the day is Smash Hit. In this infinite runner you throw balls to smash glass. It’s addictive, fun, and it looks gorgeous.