Report: Verizon to Create Wireless Coalition Who Aims to Take on Google Play, Apple App Store (Updated)

In the wireless industry, apps are still a pretty big deal. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the app ecosystem is young, but you get the feeling that we are only scratching the surface when it comes to potential, not only for the types of tasks they accomplish, but also the amount of money they can make everyone involved. According to a report out of The Information, Verizon wants in (again) because it isn’t exactly thrilled that Google and Apple control the app industry by themselves. In other words, Big Red wants another revenue stream.  (more…)

Most Nexus Devices are Out of Stock on Google Play These Days

Taking a quick tour through any of the Nexus device pages on Google Play these days doesn’t return much. Sure, the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 are all still listed, but few models are actually available for purchase. Over the last couple of months, we have watched as inventory levels of each has come and gone. However, those “out of inventory” notes seem to be sticking as of late. To be fair, the Nexus 10 went out of stock well over a year ago, but only recently have the Nexus 5 (in many colors and storage sizes) and Nexus 7 (2013) remained unavailable.  (more…)

Google Planning Workshop Through Play Store, Create Custom Cases for Your Nexus 5

It appears as though Google will soon be making the Nexus 5 a bit more customizable, at least, according to the newest leak from Android Police. In screenshots reportedly ripped from a dog food version of the Play Store, Google is working on a Workshop, which will allow consumers to create and customize their very own Nexus 5 covers, as well as custom live wallpapers to go along with their exterior theme.  (more…)

Google Play Gift Cards Now Available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden

International readers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, you can now purchase Google Play gift cards. These five new supported countries bring Google’s total to 22.

Google hasn’t yet released their store locator portals for any of these new countries, but have flagged them as “coming soon.” Feel free to check the walls of gift cards at your favorite local retailers, assuming you have those overseas. Wait, do you have the massive gift card walls like we do in the US? You should, they are brilliant for last minute gift ideas. (more…)

Google Gives “Offline Games” Their Own Section in Google Play

There are games aplenty that require a steady data connection for playing, but that is sometimes because game makers are either concerned over piracy or the game features an online multiplayer, which would naturally require a data connection.

Regardless of why an app needs to be connected constantly, Google now has a new section in Google Play for Offline Games. That’s right, a full group of games that do not require a data connection.  (more…)

Video: Google Play 4.9.13 Tour!

The new version of Google Play is rolling out today as version 4.9.13. Up front, it doesn’t look like a massive overhaul, since the category and main pages haven’t been touched, but individual listings for apps, music, books, and movies have all been given a Material Design-like makeover. In other words, they are now super pretty with new sliding animations, layout changes, big imagery that takes center stage, and lots of white space (if that’s a good thing). (more…)

Download: Google Play 4.9.13 Rolls Out, Features New Design in Listings

A new version of Google Play began to rollout this afternoon as build 4.9.13. The update doesn’t initially look like that big of a deal upon first launch, but once you jump into an individual app, book, album, or movie listing, you will immediately know that this is pretty major. The individual listings all appear to be designed with Material Design in mind. There are beautiful sliding animations, big imagery, and an overall cleaner layout.

We will have an overview video of the changes coming in a minute, but for now, get to downloading.   (more…)