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BBC Launches Official Mobile iPlayer Beta Testing Program On Google Play

BBC iPlayer is Internet streaming's gift to the UK. The service is packed to the brim with British TV shows and documentaries, and the Android app offers a nice way to consume as much as you can.

And while you're at it, now you can get a taste of upcoming features as well. The BBC has launched an official beta testing program in the Play Store. It's open to anyone with a Google account and an Android device, as long as they live in the UK.

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Some Google Play Store Users Are Seeing A New, More Compact Layout For App Review Scores

Google often experiments with small interface changes without mentioning them in blog posts or update notes, and that seems to be the case with the latest aesthetic change in the Play Store. Multiple Google+ users and Android Police readers have noticed a new and more compact display of the five-star rating system for app and game listings on the home page and in searches, replacing the full five-star graphic with a single icon and a numerical value. Observe the difference below, standard on the left, updated on the right:

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Send, Microsoft's Email Client That Is Shaped Like An Instant Messenger, Comes To Android

Cut the crap, and give it to me straight. No subject lines, no signatures―just send me what matters.

"We got you," says a fictional Microsoft employee.

And then Microsoft Send appears in the Play Store.

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Google Primer 2.0 Comes With An Updated Interface, New Lessons Every Week, Bookmarking, And More

Primer by Google (formerly listed in the Play Store as Primer: Marketing for Startups) is a simple little Android app that helps small business owners get their company off the ground and in the public eye. Users view a number of brief, bite-sized lessons and walk away with a general understanding of what they need to do. That's the idea, anyway.

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Google Play Gift Cards Now Arriving In Stores Across India

You can't gift people apps, books, or albums from the Play Store―but with Google Play gift cards, you can effectively do the same thing. But first, there's the little technicality of where you live. Depending on which country you call home, those little plastic rectangles aren't yet available.

Google announced back in June that gift cards were on their way to India. Now it appears to be fulfilling that promise.

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Play Store 5.9 Doesn't Automatically Download App Screenshots When You're Not On Wi-Fi Or LTE

We gave Play Store version 5.9 the teardown treatment a few days ago, but it turns out we missed something. The latest release no longer automatically downloads app screenshots when you're not connected to Wi-Fi or LTE.

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Paid Newsstand Content Launches In Malaysia And Thailand

Before getting Google Play content onto our Android devices, Google has to dot its i's, cross its t's, and shake hands with the right people all over the globe. If a country doesn't have access to certain things in the Play Store yet, chances are Google is still jumping through hoops. After all, the company would love for as many people to use its services as possible.

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Play Store v5.9 Begins Preparation For Android 6.0, Adds Support For Fingerprint Readers, An Uninstall Manager, And More [APK Teardown + Download]

A late afternoon update to the Play Store just hit the scene. While we've only witnessed a single new dialog box in the live app, there are plenty of things standing out from a teardown. Preparation for Android 6.0 is clearly a big part of this release as signs pop up for support of the new optional permission model and fingerprint readers. There is also an uninstall manager in the works for those times when you've run out of space. We can also look forward to a new interface for requesting refunds and an option to get very precise recommendations based on location.

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[Deal Alert] Get The Very Best Of A Whole Bunch Of Music Artists From All Over The Place For Free On Google Play

Last week we saw that you were able to download Playlist: The Very Best of Ciara for free (you still can, but the way). That deal isn't alone. A slew of similar albums are also available for the same low price of awesome. And they aren't limited to any one genre either.

You can get the very best of Britney Spears or Destiny's Child if you're into pop, or you can step back in time to hear the work of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Playlist: The Very Best of Nas is here for fans of rap, and there's Incubus if you're looking for rock.

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Chillingo's Power Ping Pong Is A $5 Game For Those Who Treat Table Tennis Like A Martial Art (You Know Who You Are)

When you're really good at ping pong, sometimes you start to feel like a ninja. Look at you, swinging that paddle back and forth, cutting through balls with so much force that it's a miracle they keep coming back. If someone took your persona and turned it into a video game, Chillingo's Power Ping Pong would be the result.

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