Google Play Store and Android Apps are Probably Coming Soon to Chromebooks

“Choose from over a million apps and games on Google Play to install and use on your Chromebook,” says a screenshot shared to reddit over the weekend. Think about that for a second. All of the Android apps you have been running on your phones and tablets for years, now running on Google’s other desktop-like operating system that has always been a tough sell to many of us because of its lack of functionality. Would you be interested in a Chromebook if it ran all of your favorite apps?  (more…)

And the Nominees Are: Google Announces First-Ever Google Play Awards

Google I/O will feature a new celebration of developers this year, with Google’s announcement of the Google Play Awards. These awards will be given out to developers in several different categories, such as Standout Startup, Best Families App, and Best Use of Google Play Game Services. Interestingly enough, Google already has its nominees, selected by a “panel of experts on the Google Play team,” and the public’s voice appears to have no say in who will win. It’s all up to Google.  (more…)

How Many Android Applications Does Google Check Every Day for Malware?

6 billion.

That’s according to Google’s latest “Android Security 2015 Annual Report.” The report arrives for the second year in a row as a way for Google to explain to you just how secure Android really is, especially as more and more scheming anti-virus and security outlets, along with Apple bloggers, tell you otherwise. The report is also done so that Google can tell you exactly how it takes on malware and other security issues, including using machine learning to “detect potentially harmful behavior.”  (more…)

NPR Says Google Play Music Podcasts Arrive Monday

According to an NPR email that has gone out to its partners, we should be seeing (or is it hearing?) Google Play Music Podcasts arrive on Monday, April 18. While I think it’s safe to say that we are all a little hesitant to mark it on our calendars, this seems much more official than Bill Simmons spouting off to Twitter. This is NPR, after all, sharing with who knows how many partners, Google’s plan to release podcasts. The point of this email is to let their partners know how they can prepare for the launch and probably isn’t something they would casually, softly, throw out there.  (more…)

Google is Running Another 75% Off Movie Rental Deal (Updated)

Got your eye on one of the new movies to hit Google Play in recent weeks? Maybe The Hateful Eight or Creed or The Last Witch Hunter? If you are nodding your head to that last one, please leave, because we are all shaking our heads at you. But if you are interested in those first two, both of which are great flicks, hit up the link below! Google is doing another 75% off movie rentals deal!  (more…)

All of These Top Apps are Under $1 on Google Play Right Now

That deal on Nova Launcher from earlier in the week that we pointed out is apparently part of a much bigger sale going on through Google Play. To celebrate “Play Days,” Google has discounted a whole bunch of top apps to under $1 (read: $0.99) for a limited time. Apps like Nova Launcher ($4.99) are included, but you’ll also find Runtastic’s Road Bike Pro ($4.99), ad-free Weather & Clock Widget ($2.99), FlightTrack 5 ($4.99), Smart Launcher Pro 3 ($2.90), Poweramp Full ($3.99), and Today Calendar Pro ($2.99?).  (more…)