Google Play 2nd Birthday Deals Now Live in the U.S.

Earlier this week, users around the world began seeing a celebratory second birthday set of deals go live on Google Play. For whatever reason, those deals were not made immediately available to the U.S. market. That has now changed. If you hit up the link below, you’ll be able to join in on the celebration.

In the set of deals, you’ll find everything from free apps to in-app purchase deals and exclusives. There are free songs, cheap albums, cheap books, discounted movies, and more. It doesn’t exactly feel like the 10-cent or 49-cent deals from the past, but they still may be worth a look.

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Google Play Games Updated to V1.5 – Can Now See Who’s Playing, Invitations, and More

Google Play Games received a sizable update to version 1.5.08 this afternoon, bringing with it the ability to see who’s playing in other games. You can also see invitations for multiplayer games or quickly search for “something fun” to play in Find Games. And that’s about it for now.

We have the .apk file for you below if you’d like to sideload it before the staged rollout hits your device.  (more…)

Google Play Celebrates Second Birthday, Hosts Sales Event on Apps, Movies, Music, and More

It seems like it has been much longer than two years ago when the Android Market ceased to exist and we were introduced to Google Play (and weren’t very happy about it). The world didn’t end though, and Google Play has gotten a lot better over the past few years, expanding to offer Google Play Music: All Access, television shows and magazines. (more…)

Google Gives Themer the Green Light, Reinstates App Back to Google Play

After first reporting that Themer had been pulled from Google Play due to a copyright complaint from Apple, MyColorScreen reached back out to us this evening to confirm that their customization app had been reinstated. Their team mentioned that it expected the app to return within hours, but it seems to already be live for me.

Go get your theme on.

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Themer Suspended From Google Play Due to Copyright Concern of Apple’s, in Limbo on Return (Updated)

This morning, we received word that Themer, the popular automated Android theming app from MyColorScreen, had been removed from Google Play. We reached out to MyColorScreen to see if we could get word on a potential reason for the removal, along with any sort of timeline for a return. Here is what their team had to say.

On the night of February 2, the Themer app was pulled from Google Play due to a copyright concern regarding their “Seven” theme. Who had the concern? Apple Inc. Apple claimed that several icons in the “Seven” themed infringed upon their copyrights, so the theme was immediately removed from Themer after being pulled from Google Play. For those not familiar with Seven, it does indeed resemble the look of Apple’s new iOS7.  (more…)