Some users are finding free Google Play Store credits in their Google Play Android apps. It appears that Google Pixel 3 owners are getting the credits, while random other users are getting credits as well. It does appear, at least for now, that only users in the U.S. will see the credits. If you like free money (who doesn’t?), you should open up the Google Play Store app on your Android smartphone. You might find you’ve earned a free Play Store credit, worth anywhere from $1 to $5.To see if you’ve got cash, open up the Google Play Store and scroll down a bit. If you’re one of the lucky ones who got a credit, you’ll see an image banner telling you so. If you scroll down all the way to the bottom of the page and don’t see anything except for suggested apps, unfortunately, you’ve missed out this time around. Google didn’t make any announcement about the credits that we know of, so it’s hard to tell what this promotion is all about. It … [Read more...] about Google is giving away Play Store credits — Check your Google Play app!
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. tech giant Google will charge smartphone makers a licensing fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of its Android mobile operating system to comply with an EU antitrust order. FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Android mascot Bugdroid is seen in front of a Google logo in this illustration taken July 9, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Google, an Alphabet subsidiary, announced the changes on Tuesday, three months after the European Commission handed it a landmark 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine for using its popular Android mobile operating system to hinder rivals. The company said the licensing fees will offset revenue lost as a result of its compliance efforts. “Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and … [Read more...] about Google to charge smartphone makers for Google Play in Europe
Previous rumors that Google was working on a rewards scheme for the Google Play app store have proven to be correct, as Google Play Points has gone live in Japan. The program has only been made available in Japan — as confirmed by the Google Support page for Google Play Points. Users earn rewards for all of their Google Play purchases, including paid apps or games, books, and movies, and even through in-app purchases or subscriptions. Users gain points based on a tier system, with the most spend-happy users getting the biggest benefit from the system. At the lowest level, users will gain a single point per 100 yen spent (roughly $0.90), all the way up to the highest tier of rewards, which grants users two points per 100 yen spent. That’s not all though — different tiers will also give bonus points for spending money in specific apps, or for purchasing specific items. Here’s the current list of tiers and benefits, as compiled by 9to5Google. Bronze level (up … [Read more...] about Google Play rewards system arrives in Japan, no sign of U.S. release yet
A cyber crime group has sneaked apps onto the official Google Play Store which then serve up Trojan banking malware to Android users, security researchers have revealed.Uncovered in June, the campaign delivered Anubis malware designed steal to login credentials for banking apps, e-wallets and payment cards. The payload was hidden in applications which claimed to offer services ranging from online shopping to live stock market monitoring.The Android malware campaign has been unearthed and detailed by researchers at IBM X-Force, who suggest the effort put into making the applications look legitimate indicates "a large investment of resources on the part of the campaign's operator".The malware seeemingly takes its name from Anubis, the Anicent Ecgytian God of the dead.As with other forms of Android malware uncovered in the Google Play app store, the malicious intent of Anubis is hidden away, with the payload only being delivered after the application is installed and in contact with a … [Read more...] about Android security: Password-stealing malware sneaks in Google Play store in bogus apps
Following Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, tech companies are putting a renewed focus on user privacy. But a new study suggests that thousands of apps in the Google Play store are potentially violating US laws by collecting an excessive amount of data from kids. A team of university researchers and scientists using an “automatic evaluation of the privacy behaviors of Android apps,” diagnosed 5855 apps in the Play Store that are designed for families and children. 28 percent of these “accessed sensitive data protected by Android permissions,” 73 percent of the applications “transmitted sensitive data over the internet,” and 40 percent shared personal information without applying reasonable security measures. Around 57 percent of the tested apps could be violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which restricts data collection for children under 13. Some of the worst offenders were the 281 apps that collected … [Read more...] about Study discovers thousands of Google Play apps that are improperly tracking children