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Google reveals the best apps and games of 2016

Google has released its list of the best content on the Play Store during 2016. It has indexed the most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books to highlight the top trends of the year. The full charts can be viewed on the Google Play Store.

Google Play Music now uses AI to guess what you want to listen to

Google has announced a substantial overhaul of its Google Play Music streaming service. The company has rebuilt the app with a brighter, upbeat design and new features powered by machine learning. 'Personalised music' is now the core focus.

Play Store saves your data by cutting app update file sizes

Google has developed a method of compressing app downloads made through its Play Store that will heavily reduce the size of app updates. The new algorithm saves you data and speeds up downloads by compressing new content in patches.

Buy Android apps once, share with your family for free

Google has announced it is making a highly requested change to Google Play which will make the cost of purchasing apps and games significantly less for families. You'll be able to share your Android apps with up to six family members for free.

Popular Android keyboard 'abuses' permissions, sends data home

A popular third-party keyboard for Android devices has been caught tracking user behaviour, displaying infected ads and communicating with unknown servers in China for surreptitious purposes. Security experts warned the app is essentially "malware."

2.1 million Android devices were infected by malware last year

Google has released its annual Android security report for 2015, revealing that over 2.1 million devices were infected by malware present in the Play Store last year. Google's own store front is supposed to be a secure way to find new apps.

Google Play Music now supports podcasts

Google has released an update for its Play Music streaming service that adds support for subscribing and listening to podcasts. The anticipated and much-requested feature can suggest recommended podcasts based on your interests.

Emergency Android update fixes critical exploit bug

Google has rushed out a critical Android security update that fixes a bug that could allow attackers to compromise a phone using a malicious app in the Google Play Store. The fix will not be available on the majority of Android handsets though.

Google+ integration removed from Play Games as network fades away

Google has announced it is separating Google+ from its Play Games Android gaming service. It is the latest move from the company to decouple the Facebook-rivaling but unpopular social network from its core apps, something long-requested by users.

Google's best Android apps this year cover work and play

Google has published its list of the best Android apps of 2015, including titles ranging from popular games to productivity staples. All the apps command very positive store ratings and most are free.

Apple and Google remove Instagram app that stole user details

Apple and Google have removed a third-party Instagram client app from their stores that has stolen hundreds of thousands of user passwords. InstaAgent has quickly grown to be one of the most popular free clients in the UK, Canada and U.S.

Google reportedly working on affiliate program

Producers of digital content to be sold within Google's Play store could soon earn monetary compensation for directing customers to buy from the 'play' platform.

Google lets schoolboy run up £3000 bill as app purchases bounce

An 11-year-old school student ran up a bill of over £3000 on his mother's card after a series of app and game purchases were charged repetitively by Google despite the payments failing. Google made hundreds of transactions in just a few days.

Android is finally beating Apple in this one key metric

The iPhone is widely considered the "rich man's phone," but Android is finally beating Apple in one key metric — revenue.

Old Amazon app removed from Google Play still functional

Google updated its Developer Distribution Agreement to force Amazon to remove its official app that at last update added an app store. Amazon released a replacement app, but the old app and app store are functional as of the time of publishing.

Which online movie rental service is right for you?

All online movie rental services are not created equal. Providers of streaming video rentals vary in terms of selection, quality and price.

Op-Ed: Airpush comes to shove in mobile advertising

On Wednesday, the latest data from App Annie showed that Google Play for Android has officially surpassed its chief rival app repository – Apple’s App Store – in the number of apps downloaded.

Nook HD, HD+ tablets welcome Google Play app store

The Nook app market, holding about 10,000 of its own apps, will now drastically increase in numbers: around 700,000. That is because Google's app store, Google Play, has now been officially added to Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets.
 

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The changes between the old and new Google Play Store Developer Distribution Agreements
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The DAABA mobile app as seen on Google Play. You can see that filling out the information is simple and easy.
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Amazon vs. Google: Pinterest installed and works fine from Amazon Apps & Games.
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Old Amazon Mobile app version
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Amazon Shopping App, screenshots
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Amazon Appstore online version
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Amazon Shopping App, screenshots
The changes between the old and new Google Play Store Developer Distribution Agreements
The changes between the old and new Google Play Store Developer Distribution Agreements
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Google Play Music's new AI-powered home screen
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Podcasts in Google Play Music
Podcasts in Google Play Music
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Old section 4.5 in the Google Play Store Developer Distribution Agreement
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Amazon Shopping App, screenshots

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