In this week’s Google Play Weekly, we talk about lots of things Google did, how root apps have some troubles ahead, and 5 more Android apps you can’t miss!
Customization is one of the stronger points of Android. With a multitude of tweaks in UI and functionality, the platform enables users to incorporate more of their personality and needs into their devices, compared with, say, iOS. While for some, customization is skin-deep — like themes, wallpapers and graphics — others take rooting their devices as an avenue to do even more drastic customizations. But even supposedly skin-deep customizations might require root. For instance, changing icon packs in stock launchers might sound mundane, but in most cases would require root. If you wanted to change icons, you could either switch…
Google Play gets Paypal support in 12 countries, expanded carrier billing and developers sales as well
Google Play is making some changes to its payment support system, including adding Paypal integration for 12 countries.
Weather apps and widgets are aplenty, but a new app release from LevelUp Studios called Bright Weather promises to make your day with a balance of style and functionality. Bright Weather mixes stunning photography with minimalistic graphics in balancing information and functionality for checking out the weather. True enough, while anyone can simply look out the window to check out the current weather conditions, weather apps like Bright Weather offer a few functionalities that can help you plan your day or week, including location-based weather alerts, weekend weather forecasts and hourly weather and temperature forecasts. Bright Weather also comes with smart…
In celebration of Star Wars Day (May 4th), both Google Play and the Amazon AppStore are offering Star Wars-themed sales that include discounted in-app purchases, as well as slashed down pricing on apps and books.
While the iTunes App Store and Google Play are almost at par in terms of app availability and quality, there are still some gaps. What are your thoughts? Which apps are better on iOS, and which iOS-only apps do you want to see on Android, too?
Looking for a nice deal to lighten up your mood after news broke that the Nexus line is on its way out? Look no further, as Sony’s mighty Z Ultra Google Play edition is now on sale for just $449.
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.
Right now Google is offering 19 premium games on sale through the Play store, including Shadowrun Returns, the Room 2 and several others.
Today Google announced plans to bring app install ads to Google Search and Youtube, as well as ads that connect directly to already installed Android apps.