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Google Assistant can now read your audiobooks aloud

Google's announced it has started selling audiobooks through the Play Store, adding to its existing catalogue of apps, ebooks, and media. Audiobooks include direct integration with Assistant, letting you listen to books read aloud by smart home hardware.

Microsoft Office launches on Google Chromebooks

Microsoft's launched its suite of Office apps on Google Chromebooks. It will help make Chrome OS a viable platform for people attracted to its cloud-first concept but reliant on Microsoft productivity apps. They were previously limited to some devices.

Google Play Store turns five years old

The Google Play Store is five years old today, having evolved from the app-only Android Market to a sprawling digital store frequented by one billion people in 200 countries worldwide. Google celebrated by rounding up the most successful media so far.

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.

Google Chromebooks now more popular than Macs in the U.S.

Google's range of cloud-based Chromebook laptops is continuing to enjoy unforeseen success in the U.S. Google announced that Chrome OS will soon be able to run Android apps earlier this week and revealed Chromebooks recently outsold Macs in the U.S.

Chromebooks to get millions of new apps from Android's Play Store

Google currently maintains two distinct operating systems, Android and Chrome OS. The company may be planning to tie the two together more closely than ever before though, letting the millions of Android apps run natively on Chromebook PCs.

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 planning major redesign of Play Store app

Google is working on a redesign of its Play Store app according to a software engineer at the company who is now moving on. Screenshots of the coming update show a refined and simplified interface with clearer categories.

Reports: Google creating a special 'China-compatible' Play Store

Reports have indicated a relaunch of Google's services in China could be imminent. The company is believed to be preparing a special version of the Play Store that will fully comply with the strict Internet regulation in the country.

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.

Google removed Amazon's app from the Play Store

The official Amazon app was removed from the Google Play store after Amazon let slip that the app features its own "hidden" app store.

Op-Ed: Google Unveils New Line of Nexus Devices

Google is officially in the tablet business. Google recently announced entry of two more Nexus devices to be added in the Play Store.
 

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Old section 4.5 in the Google Play Store Developer Distribution Agreement
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Images of upcoming Google Play Store redesign, October 2015
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Amazon vs. Google: Pinterest installed and works fine from Amazon Apps & Games.
Evolution of the Android Market to 2015 Google Play refresh
Evolution of the Android Market to 2015 Google Play refresh
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Google Allo surpassed 10 Million downloads on the Play Store
Google Allo surpassed 10 Million downloads on the Play Store
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Google's best apps of 2015 collection [UK edition]
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