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Google Play Books Expands To Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, And Slovakia [Update: Not Live Yet]

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Subway Surfers Developer Kiloo Releases Stormblade, A Compelling Infinity Blade-Style Action Game For Android

At this point, we've all heard of Infinity Blade. It's the gorgeous sword fighting game that hit Apple devices in 2010 and blew people away with its effective use of touch controls. That series remains an iOS exclusive, so we've never seen it enter the Play Store.

Stormblade, from Kiloo—the makers of the insanely popular Subway Surfers, isn't the first Android title to draw inspiration from Infinity Blade. After all, nearly five years have passed since that title's release.

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Google's New App Review Guidelines Smartly Address Several Big Problems With The Play Store

It's been said many times that compared to Apple's tightly controlled walled garden, Android is the wild west of app development. I think that's been a good thing on balance, but not always. The lack of control can sometimes cause difficulties for developers and users alike. With Google's new semi-manual app approval process, it's taking the middle road, and that's probably good for everyone.

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Customers In Turkey Can Now Use PayPal To Buy Apps, Games, And Books From Google Play

The standard way to buy content from the Play Store is to key in a credit or debit card number, but there are many alternative approaches to choose from. You can buy credit online, purchase a gift card from a store, have your carrier send you a bill, or connect Google Wallet to your PayPal account.

PayPal support has to roll out on a country by country basis, and now Turkey has made the list.

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Google Announces A Content Rating System And Manual Approval Process For Apps

Google is making two changes to the Play Store today, although one of these changes technically happened a few weeks ago and you didn't notice. Apps will soon carry content ratings so parents can make more informed decisions about what their kids have access to. Google also announced a manual review process for apps. Don't panic! Google has been doing this for weeks and no one has complained.

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Google Play Support Pages Now Include Author Information And Expanded Feedback

All of the writers and editors at Android Police are huge fans of Android and Google; it's more or less a requirement for the job. But we're also keenly aware of the things that Google does poorly, and duty-bound to point them out in the hope that they will improve. One of the more obvious areas where Google doesn't excel is customer support, but one of the latest changes to the Support.Google.com site seems like a nice step forward.

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Stick Cricket 2 Swings Right, Then Left, Then Right Into The Play Store

I'm an American, and all of the people I know who are into cricket are immigrants. I would let them tell you all about the sport, but they're not the ones writing for AP, so I'll do what I can.

Basically, cricket is a sport that involves gloves and bats that isn't baseball.

Okay, now that we've gone over the basics, let's talk about Stick Cricket 2, the latest release in a very popular series of sports titles.

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Google Play Store Carrier Billing Goes Live For New Operators In France, Hungary, Indonesia, Slovakia, And Taiwan

Direct carrier billing is one of the most convenient ways to buy apps and content from the Play Store. Instead of making sure you have a valid credit or debit card or trying to find gift cards or setting up a Paypal account, you can simply have the purchase amount billed with your regular mobile service.

In today's round of new carrier additions on the Google Play support pages we find the French company Free, Hungarian TMI (Magyar Telekom), Indonesian Telkomsel, Slovakian PPF (O2), and Taiwanese Taiwan Mobile.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe In Peril Comes To Android's Aid, Charges $4.99

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril, a game that found its way to consoles in 2013 and other mobile platforms in 2014, has now fought its way into the Play Store. This port has managed to come in before LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, an older title that briefly appeared on the Amazon Appstore and never found its way onto Google Play.

Unlike that relatively faithful port, Universe in Peril is not a copy of the version that originally graced consoles.

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Latest Play Music Update Extends Artwork And Navigation Menu Through Notification Bar, And More [APK Download]

A fresh release of Play Music is going out to devices, and it brings a bit more consistency to another one of Google's apps. Now the navigation menu that extends from the side of the screen will reach up through the notification bar.

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Left: Old, Right: New.

That's not the only element of the interface that's reaching upwards. When you go to play a track, you will find that the album artwork extends to the top of the screen as well.

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