A late-night update to the Play Store slipped out just before midnight. A close examination doesn't turn up any big visual changes or new features, but this version is begging for a teardown. I'm not going to beat around the bush, if you've read the title, you know why you're here. Yes, it's true, family sharing and gifting are on the way. No doubt about it. There's even a neat way to add credit cards if they have NFC. There's no point in teasing it out, just get to reading. If you want to jump straight to downloading the latest version, there's a link at the bottom of the post. Read More
Due to a smaller installer base, the specialized version of the Play Store that comes on Android TV gets a lot less attention that the version on phones and tablets. Even so, we keep an eye on all the various flavors of Android - check the sign over the door - so we're happy to report that the Android TV version has received a notable update. The latest release (5.10.30-leanback) makes some big changes to the user interface, chopping off some of the less necessary corners to focus on the core experience. Read More
Hi. I'm Michael. I look at a lot of Google Play Store listings, and Artem and I usually pick out more than a hundred apps and games every month to be featured in our weekly roundups here at Android Police. After doing this week in and week out for a couple of years, there are some observations I'd like to share with developers on how to make your game stand out of the crowd. With us, as with consumers in general, you might only get a few seconds to grab the attention of potential players before they move on - it's important to make the most of them. Read More
This many decades into the Internet's existence, the publishing industry is still in a state of flux. Do we upload everything to free websites and pump out stories in an endless stream? Do we continue printing articles on paper? Some may scoff at the idea, but this Android Police writer, despite writing for a blog, still enjoys reading things in print.
Google Play Newsstand offers something of a middle ground. You get the layout and style of the print magazine, but you get the instant availability and portability of electronic content. And now you can buy those subscriptions in the South American countries of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. Read More
That's right, the original Tomb Raider sequel is approaching twenty years old. Nearly two decades have passed since players got to take a blocky Lara Croft back through tombs and mostly non-tombs on PlayStations and PCs. Now you can take the game with you in your pocket for the extra low price of 99 cents. Read More
Chromecast is best known for getting video from your phone or tablet onto your television screen. It also streams audio, if you're into that sort of thing. These two things cover most of what people generally do with Google's little streaming stick. Read More
There aren't many things apps can brag about to other apps. Oh, you're portable? So am I! What's that? You come in a small package size? Same here! You're finger friendly, can explain how you work in a few screens, and integrate well with the rest of Android? Check, check, and check! Over 1 billion downloads? Okay, Google Drive, you have me beat.
Yeah, download counts are special. Not all developers are out to get their apps into the hands of as many people as possible, but most feel a certain tingle in their chest when that number starts to work its way up. Read More
Most apps on the Play Store are free, and those that are paid usually cost somewhere between one and five dollars. The top price for applications and in-app purchases in the US version of the Play Store before today was $200 (which usually wasn't actually seen except for IAPs for freemium games). Last night, the Play Store developer support page for paid apps was updated, and in nearly every territory where paid apps are supported, the top limit was increased by two to three times. Developers can now set apps or in-app purchases to as much as $400. Read More
Fingerprint reader support is one of the big pushes of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it's not just limited to the lock screen. Google has an option in the Play Store to authorize app purchases with a fingerprint, which we first spotted in a teardown of the v5.9 client. Now it's live for 6.0 devices that have fingerprint readers like the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Read More
Until now, the best way to know if an app had support for Android Wear was to install it and see if it showed up on the watch. There's a much better way now—just look for the watch icon. Google is rolling out a small tweak to the Play Store on Android that displays a small watch icon and notice in the details when an app supports Wear.