Google Play Paid Newsstand Content Now Available in France and Germany

Just a quick note to our friends in other countries – paid Newsstand content is now available in France and Germany through Google Play. Paid content refers to premium news subscriptions (New York Times, WSJ, etc.) and magazine subscriptions.

France and Germany join the short list of countries that includes Australia, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States.  (more…)

Google Services Experiencing Issues – How are Yours Holding Up? (Updated)

We are hearing a number of reports from readers who are experiencing issues with Google services. From Google Play to Gmail to Hangouts to Maps, many are not able to access information, receive messages, login, or install apps.

We are experiencing some issues in Gmail, but not in our Google Apps Droid Life account. The Google Apps Status Dashboard is showing green lights across the board.

Let us know in the comments if you are experiencing issues as well. We will update this post as we have more.  (more…)

Download: Google Play 4.8.19 With PayPal Support, Other Tweaks

Earlier today, Google announced that it was finally bringing PayPal payments to Google Play purchases of apps and other media in a new update to Google Play. That update is slowly, but surely rolling out, which means you can sideload the apk this very minute if you would like to.

We should point out that the update isn’t only bringing PayPal support. Google has fine-tuned the appearance of the app in general, by including bigger buttons on app pages, changing up hero pages with bigger imagery and subtle animations, making the permissions pop-up much easier to read, and changing things like the review pop-up for the better.

The update is v4.8.19. It should install right over the top of your current Google Play build. Enjoy!  (more…)

PayPal Finally Becomes a Payment Option in Google Play

I know this might be tough to believe, but yes, PayPal support has finally been added to your Google Play purchase payment options. Starting today, with rollout happening over the next few, PayPal will show up as an option to purchase goods when shopping on your Android device.

In order to add PayPal as your payment option, you will need to touch the drop down arrow from the purchase pop-up of an item, then click “Add PayPal.” Once you tap that, you will be asked for login credentials.

Initially, 12 countries will see support, including the Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States, and the United Kingdom.

According to Google Support, PayPal can’t be used to purchase devices or accessories. (more…)

Official Nexus 5 Snap Cases Now Available on Google Play for $29.99

A new official accessory for the Nexus 5 just showed up on Google Play, the Snap Case. Branded with only a “Google” logo on the lower backside, the Snap Case is being sold as a “lightweight” yet durable option for your Nexus. As with all official accessories, this case has been “designed specifically for the Nexus 5.”

It looks a lot like the minimal cases we often feature from companies like Spigen or Ringke. Keep in mind that those cases usually cost around $10, not $30. But hey, if you want the official business, you have to pay for it.

The Snap Case comes in 5 colors – black, aqua, white, silver, and clear. This new case will cost you $29.99.  (more…)

Google Play Services 4.4 Rolling Out With Running/Walking Recognition, Other Goodies

Google announced that Google Play services 4.4 have begun rolling out worldwide, today. The jump from 4.3 to 4.4 introduces a handful of useful tools for developers, like the ability to embed Street View imagery in apps,  detect activities like running or walking, and display in-app promo ads. There are indoor map API add-ons, minor changes in Games Services (dealing with Game Gifts), and a reduction in the work involved to place a “Buy With Google” button in an app.

You can find the full list of detailed changes below and at the source link.

The rollout has already started, but it will likely take some time to complete. And by the way, Google noted in today’s release that Google I/O will be here next month. Things should get even more exciting then.  (more…)

Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition Appears to be Arriving Any Minute Now

It appears as if a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5 will be arriving at any moment now. Google changed out the picture on the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition with an image of the Galaxy S5, today, so we can only imagine the full listing will be updated shortly. If not, then Google has lost its mind – why else would they toss in a picture of the Galaxy S5?

We will keep an eye on it and let you know.  (more…)