Just in case you were looking for a break from the BlackBerry madness that has been happening today, we've got some interesting news in regards to the Google Play Store, and the iTunes App Store. As any Android user will tell you, one of the biggest annoyances is that despite the platform having a huge lead in market share worldwide , developers still build for iOS first. Well, that may be about to change because it looks like the Play Store revenue could surpass the iTunes App Store by the end of 2013 or early 2014. We had seen projections that said Google Play app revenues were growing much faster than Apple 's App Store, and saw some numbers proving that in November, but Google Play doesn't seem to be slowing down too much. To be fair, the iTunes App Store is still the top of the heap, pulling in about 350% more in total revenue in Q4 of 2012 than Google Play did. But, Google Play is growing much faster with a 200% jump in revenue in Q4, while iTunes only managed … [Read more...] about Google Play app revenue could surpass iTunes App Store by the end of 2013, will developers follow?
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A new look is coming to the Google Play app based on a leak of version 4.0.16. Filled with brighter and more colorful images, there seems to be a big change in the default position on automatic updates. Where currently you must opt-in to receive automatic updates for the apps that you have installed, the box is checked off in the new version if you don't want the app to automatically update. Sounds like we could be in for some confusion there. Missing from the new version of Google Play is the page that you are sent to after clicking on the box to download an app. We expect Google to release this update during Google I/O coming in May. So far, it looks like the changes are all in the way the content is presented. Google Play had about 700,000 apps available back in October, a far cry from the 20,000 apps it had back in December 2009 . source: DroidLife … [Read more...] about New 4.0 version of Google Play app leaks
Every time you update an Android app on Google Play, you don't have to completely download the whole thing all over again; the service is smart enough to only send your phone the parts that have changed. Now Google Play has gained the ability to tell you just how big that download's going to be.Instead of re-downloading an entire app each time a new version comes out, four years ago Google gave the Play Store the ability to deliver “delta” updates to our phones and tablets, containing only the parts that had changed between the old app we had currently installed, and this new version. If a 50MB app added some new icons, instead of having to download the complete 50MB package when updating, Google Play would instead update just those icons – a much smaller download.While this was all very convenient, especially for those of us on slower connections or with limited data plans, it's been difficult to know precisely what to expect from these delta updates before … [Read more...] about Google Play app updates now accurately reflect download sizes
As an Android user, have you ever felt that Google Play has just too many freaking apps, and the overwhelming majority of them aren't very good at all? Having many apps is good, but wading through ten apps that do the same thing, just to find out that only one is actually worth your time while three are outdated, three are awfully bloated, and the rest is ad-riddled like a cheap newspaper? That, frankly, sucks. SlideME, which is a well kept, well looked after third-party app store, wants to remedy these woes.Those running the store manually inspect and review app submissions, judging apps like regular users would - based on meaning and value. Hence, the place is kept clean of junk apps, scams, and other types of apps you absolutely shouldn't touch without surgical gloves on. The quality over quantity approach works quite well, and there's another concept at play here, which could appeal to many users over the globe - SlideME apps are curated to function on AOSP-based devices, hence … [Read more...] about Spotlight: SlideME is a junk-free alternative to the Google Play app store
With more than a million apps, the official Google Play store for apps and games offers more than you are likely to use in your lifetime. Still, there are plenty of handsets our there that haven't shelled out for a full Android license, complete with Gapps and Play Store support (phones sold in China come to mind), or there are apps that aren't in the Play Store for various reasons.The Amazon Appstore, SlideME, GetJar, the Android makers' own curated app marketplaces, like Samsung Apps or Xiaomi's Mi store - there are plenty of alternatives out there to the official Google Play Store that anointed Android phones come with. Countries that would like some control over what's distributed on the phones of their citizens have their own stores, too, like China's Baidu or Russia's Yandex search engines. This is why we wanted to ask you whether you have used an Android app store besides Google Play. Take your pick, and sound off in the comments. Phonearena polls sort by Have you used … [Read more...] about Have you used an alternative to Google Play app store on your Android device?
The Google Play Store has grown significantly in size since its earlier days as the Android Market. Likewise, the broader range content available today means that several key apps comprise the Google Play family. To better unify its Play-related services, Google is now rolling out some tweaks to the app icons on Android, which all now take a play button-like aesthetic. Though the old icons were never an eyesore, Google has felt it necessary to make the changes in the name of uniformity, which should make it easier for users to identify Google Play apps at a glance. As noted in an official blog post on the matter:The old icons, as seen below, will be phased out over the next couple of weeks in favor of the new look (above). Not a groundbreaking adjustment, by any means. But if we had to pick, we'd say that the new play-shaped icons are an improvement on the older look. Do you agree, or would you rather Google left them be? Let us know of your thoughts below. … [Read more...] about Google Play app icons get a refreshed new look
posted on 04 Apr 2016, 14:36 3 1. canner (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Feb 2016) i suppose itll be nice to know the icons I havent touched in six months will look nice. posted on 05 Apr 2016, 03:49 0 27. AlikMalix (unregistered) Innovation... posted on 05 Apr 2016, 07:26 0 28. tabVision (Posts: 26; Member since: 16 Jul 2015) funny posted on 05 Apr 2016, 09:48 0 29. Settings (Posts: 2725; Member since: 02 Jul 2014) That's not innovation. 30. AlikMalix (unregistered) I'm just taking a jab at those that do this crap everytime Apple makes a little change to their products. posted on 04 Apr 2016, 14:36 12 2. thetcmbway (banned) (Posts: 30; Member since: 15 Mar 2016) Let's be honest. Those look like s**t. posted on 04 Apr 2016, 16:10 3 12. amro99 (Posts: 110; Member since: 29 Nov 2012) Yeah, fugly as he'll posted on 04 Apr 2016, 16:12 11 13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011) I like them posted on 04 Apr … [Read more...] about Comments for : Google Play app icons get a refreshed new look
An analysis of more than 400,000 apps in the Google Play store has revealed that more than 100,000 of them pose a potential security risk to their users.The analysis of the Android apps released last week by cyber security vendor Bit9 examined the security permissions requested by the programs. It found that 72 percent of the 412,000 programs examined used at least one potentially risky permission -- GPS location data, phone calls or numbers, information on contacts and such."We're not saying the apps are carrying viruses or malware, but they do things or have access to things that are questionable for the app that they are," Bit9 CTO Harry Sverdlove told TechNewsWorld.For example, one wallpaper app in the analysis asks for permission to access a phone's GPS data. Why does the wallpaper app need access to that information?"The model for many of these applications is get as many permissions as you can get and then figure out what you're doing later," Sverdlove said.Bit9 also conducted a … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Study: Google Play Apps Go Beyond Need-to-Know
Google’s using machine intelligence to kill two birds with one stone: Optimize apps and improve security. At the search giant’s 2017 I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, Google announced a Google Play App Signing, a new cloud-based service that fine-tunes apps for a range of Android devices.Google Play App Signing, which launches in beta today, automatically adapts apps to fit different screen resolutions, RAM configurations, and processor models. And it compresses apps by eliminating redundant code.Google said it’s already made a tangible difference. Deliveroo, one of the group of select developers who were given a chance to preview Google Play App Signing, saw its Android app shrink by 36 percent — from 13.6MB before to 9.1MB after. Seven saw a 48 percent reduction in size, from 53.7MB to 28MB.Google Play App Signing’s security features revolve around private keys, the cryptographic string of characters that app developers use … [Read more...] about Google Play App Signing reduces the size of apps, and makes them more secure
Google may be fast learning how to let bygones be bygones, especially when there’s a huge potential untapped market in play. After leaving altogether in 2010 following a highly publicized censorship battle, the tech company may be returning to China with the Google Play app store. And considering Apple’s recent success in convincing Chinese developers to write apps for its own app store, it’s no coincidence that Google is recognizing that now is as good a time as any to get back in the game.Last quarter, China was the biggest market in the world for app downloads from the Apple app store, though the United States still led in terms of paid downloads. But with this sort of opportunity, Google simply can’t afford to ignore the Chinese market anymore, and according to Shanghai’s China Business News, the tech giant is deep in conversations to reintroduce the play store to billions of potential new customers.Back in February, Google senior vice president … [Read more...] about Google Play app store returns to China