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The idea of Early Access is making its way to mobile as Google Play are set to launch their own Early Access category which will contain in-development and beta Android Apps which people can help test before full launch.
Thanks to the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play, both Sony and Warner Music have seen a substantial increase in revenue from music streaming.
For the past year or so, Android developers have been able to run Android apps on Chrome OS thanks to the App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) feature added to the OS, however it's looking like Google Play may be coming to Chrome OS according to come code found in the Developer Channel of the operating system.
Another day another lawsuit, Google are one of many companies in the industry that are getting pretty familiar with the inside of a court room. Susan Harvey a resident in California is suing Google after she claims hackers used her Google Play account to empty her back account of thousands of dollars between March 2013 and August 2014.
Today, Google Play has announced the introduction of a new age-based rating system for Apps and games, which is currently being rolled out to developers. You may recognise some of these ratings from video games today, such as PEGI here in Europe, and the ESRB in North America. Before now, both Google Play and Apple used their own rating systems, but now Apple are the only mobile storefront left not adopting an industry-standard rating.
This week WhatsApp became the second non-Google app to reach one billion downloads joining Facebook, the messenger services parent company. Facebook acquired Whatsapp in September 2014, and though things haven't really changed, the company must be proud that many have flocked to download the messenger app.
If you love Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, Toy Story, Hercules, The Jungle Book, Guardians of the Galaxy, and many other Disney, Pixar, or Marvel movies, you’ll be pleased to know that Disney and Google have partnered together to bring Disney Movies Anywhere to Google Play allowing you to watch your favourite Disney titles on any device via Google Play.
With Amazon recently joining the battle for the living room with the Amazon Fire TV and the Amazon Fire TV Stick, it seems like that battle could be getting a little harder as Roku have announced the Google Play channel so users can stream their Google Play Movies and TV Shows via the tiny streaming box.
Recently Google extended their refund trial period from 15 minutes to two hours giving those who like to purchase apps and games more freedom to try the game first before deciding whether to commit the money they spent on the game, or get a refund before any cash actually leaves the bank. It seems that though many welcomed the added hour and fourty five minutes, Google just isn't satisfied and are reportedly working on an 'app trial programme' that'll offer bite-sized trials to apps and games meaning you can download them quicker, use them, and decide whether it's worth £0.69.
Let's face it, in this day and age fifteen minutes isn't enough to judge whether a game or app is any good or not, but for some time that was the refund window that Google Play had set just in case you weren't happy with your purchase. Thankfully they've changed it to two hours so you need not worry about missing that refund window.
The term "free-to-play" has a very loose meaning nowadays as most games listed as such include some sort of in-app marketplace where you can exchange real cash for in-game items. This has caused controversies left right and center with parents allowing their children to play such games and have gone ahead and spent hundreds, and even thousands of pounds on these items without their knowledge. In an effort to put a stop to this the European Commission has put in a request to Apple and Google to stop listing games that have in-app-purchases as free, something that Google have agreed to do by the end of the year.
A number of screenshots have appeared online, courtesy of Android Police, which show Google Play's refreshed, Material Design look suggesting that an update is coming pretty soon. Though Android Police have some confidence in the new images, things could change upon a final release.
Following yesterday's news that the Nest Learning Thermostat was spotted in the support area of Google Play but the device wasn't actually on sale, Google officially launched the Nest Learning Thermostat on the Google Play Store for £179.
Earlier this year Google purchased Nest, the company behind the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect Smoke Detector, for around $3.2 billion. Since then Google hasn't really done a lot with the company, suggesting a lot of work is going on behind the scenes, we have however had a whiff of Nests products on Google Play which would likely boost sales a hell of a lot.
Do I like Vine? No, I flipping love it! The Twitter owned app has recently gotten another update that introduces Vine Messaging, and you'll never guess what it does...