This morning, Google announced a new family-focused experience that will soon arrive on Google Play. It’s called Designed for Families, and as the name suggests, is a way for Google to partner with developers to curate content that would be best suited for families and kids
and pets. In the coming weeks, this new Designed for Families section will arrive with both apps and games that are age-appropriate, family-focused, and trusted. (more…)
As announced earlier this week, the entire Star Wars movie collection, Episode I through Episode VI, is now available in Digital HD via Google Play, Amazon, and iTunes. Each movie can be purchased separately, or you can buy the Collection, which will save you a bit of cash. (more…)
April 10 was supposed to be the day that you all ran out and bought the Galaxy S6, but as it turns out, another arrival may tempt you instead. Star Wars, for the first time in history, will be available digitally in HD at your favorite spots like Google Play, Amazon, and iTunes. We’re talking the whole collection – episodes 1-6. (more…)
As a quick note to any diehard Metallica fans we may have here, the band’s entire discography is now live on Google Play. After having zero presence on Google’s servers, with thanks likely to strict distribution agreements, headbangers can now get down to some all-time classic Master of Puppets jams. (more…)
Such pretty animations you have there, Google Play.
If you don’t have them, take it up with Google’s server side changes, as many of us were lucky enough to get these last week. If you do have them, go play! (more…)
From today through March 31, should you buy a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or an Android Wear device through the new Google Store, Google will hand you $50 in Google Play credit to spend as you please. If you choose the Sony Smartwatch 3, you will save another $50, as the GPS-equipped watch’s price has been slashed from $249 to $199.
According to the terms, you will receive your Google Play credit once your device ships, but you must claim it by April 20, 2015. The credit is then good through September 1, 2015. (more…)
Google Play may no longer be the wild west of app stores. In fact, it hasn’t been for quite some time, we just didn’t know it.
This morning, Google announced that several months ago, they began reviewing apps through a “team of experts” who are responsible for identifying violations of their developer policies “earlier in the app lifecycle.” So far, the change hasn’t seemed to impact the time-to-market for developers’ apps, something I’m sure all developers will now be somewhat concerned about. After all, Apple’s app store review process is widely known as being painfully slow, often taking days or weeks to get apps processed and available for download. (more…)
With the arrival of the new Google Store, you may be wondering what will happen to all of the devices that were listed on Google Play. The short answer – they are gone. If you click on the “Devices” link on Google Play, you will now be re-directed to the new Google Store. Even if you have direct listing links to devices that were previously on Google Play, you will be re-directed to their individual listings on the Google Store.
The end of buying devices on Google Play has come. You also can’t use Google Play credit in the new Google Store (which makes sense since you can’t use Play credit for devices).
If that news only prompted more questions, maybe we have the answers already, thanks to a FAQ provided by Google. (more…)