Google’s just announced a new update to their Google Play Books application that finally makes it somewhat comparable to the competition. Starting today, people who buy books from the Google Play Store will be able to define words, which comes in handy when you’re reading about a complicated topic; see places on a map, so say for example you’re reading something about Mali, you can finally see where that is; and best of all you’ll now be able to highlight and scribble in the margins, just like you’d do in a real book.
We all know and love the Google Play Store. It’s the place we go when we need any Android-related content, including apps, music, and movies. Now, you can follow the Google Play Store on Twitter. No one knows what the Play Store will use its new Twitter handle for, but it’ll likely be useful to its followers regardless.
As the saying goes: all good things must come to an end. Google has announced that the current $25 Google Play credit promotion will end on September 30, 2012. If you haven’t picked up your Nexus 7 and loaded it with free content, your time is running out.
Today, Google announced via its official blog that soon Google Play and YouTube will be offering more movies and TV shows from Twentieth Century Fox. Family Guy, Glee and recently released movie Prometheus are among the announced titles.
As we’ve discussed when comparing the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD against the Google Nexus 7, as well as when we talked about how well Amazon and Google are prepared for a potential Microsoft Windows 8 commercial success in the tablet world, Amazon and Google are actively chasing each other in various markets and fields. It’s quite an interesting dispute to watch, really!
Think of it as niche marketing for the Google app market. It’s called “Apps Focus” and it aims to be a curating of apps, helping users dig through the junk to get to the gems.
Amazon’s AppStore has quickly become the second most popular app source for Android, though it’s a far cry from being as successful as Google Play. Even though Amazon’s store has just 50,000 apps, they’ve made a following by securing a few popular exclusives. But now it seems that Amazon is losing one of their popular games. Critter Escape is now available through Google Play.
Mobile devices have become ubiquitous, and with this, companies are also turning to mobile devices for profit. We know that Apple earns a hefty markup from each iPhone, iPad and just about any iDevice sold. Android manufacturers, meanwhile, have a slimmer margin. Some even sell their products at cost or at a loss, and recoup the investment from content sales.
The Prince of Persia franchise is one that is most commonly known in the gaming community. Originally made in 1989, the game had a lot of success stories for both its PC and gaming console titles. However, as far as the mobile platform is concerned, the franchise started poorly due to its Java-based application. Recently, Ubisoft had created an iPhone version of Prince of Persia and the game received good reviews from its users. After the iPhone, Ubisoft is planning to take on Android devices, with Prince of Persia Classic now available on Google Play.
Google has made more than 4,000 Android Wi-Fi hotspots free across the U.S. in collaboration with Boingo Wireless. There is a bit of a catch, though: if you use a Windows Phone, iOS or Blackberry device, you might not be able to connect.