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Google Play now shows app rating, size, and download count in search results

Downloading an app is a matter of seconds, but we sometimes need to know a little more about one before installing it. In order to provide us with some details and spare us extra clicks, the Play Store shows an app's developer, category, and rating directly within the search results. These are now even richer, as you can also see the number of times an app has been installed, helping you gauge its popularity directly from the search results.

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Google Search gets Watchlist to save movies and shows you want to see (Update: Rolling out more widely in the US)

Google Search was once merely a place that listed relevant websites depending on your queries, but these days, the engine provides many details right within the results, saving you a few taps and clicks. Google is constantly improving these so-called Knowledge Graph cards, and has now expanded movie and TV show cards with a watchlist feature.

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The Division 2, The Crew 2, and Monopoly are coming to Stadia (Update: Crew 2 available)

Ubisoft is no stranger to Google's Stadia platform. The publisher has already ported Just Dance 2020, Gods & Monsters, Trials Rising, and other titles to Stadia, and now Ubisoft has revealed that three more games are on the way.

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Google Play Movies may be planning to offer free films with ads

Google Play Movies may be gearing up to provide hundreds of movies to viewers for free — assuming they can put up with a few advertisements. The news comes courtesy of an app teardown done by the folks at XDA Developers, and with so many of us both stuck at home and trying to save money during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it's very good news, assuming it pans out.

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Here are 386 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 15 more)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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Google Stadia: Subscription cost, games list, free games, compatibility requirements, and more (Update: April's free games)

In fall 2018, Google made its interest in gaming known with Project Stream, a beta that let users play the high-end Assassin's Creed Odyssey from a humble Chrome tab. The following spring, it announced Stadia, a full-fat gaming platform that would leverage the company's computing and networking prowess to provide users access to games with no dedicated gaming hardware required. That service is available now (in a limited capacity), and it's getting a lot of attention — both positive and negative. So what's the deal? Here's everything you need to know.

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Google Gboard may be blocking 'Chinese virus,' similar terms from appearing in autocomplete results

Gboard, like many keyboard apps, provides users with suggestions on how to complete their words, phrases, or even sentences. It recently adopted federated learning, sampling anonymous user data to serve up-to-date autocomplete results featuring very new terms in our fast-moving human culture. Of course, some phrases aren't particularly suited for a wide audience or are just plain offensive. And with active, constant discourse surrounding the novel coronavirus, Google is reportedly rushing to ban some words and phrases from appearing in the Gboard autocomplete bar.

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YouTube Music tests new Now Playing UI with simpler access to lyrics (Updated)

More than a year after launch, Google is still bringing slow, but tangible improvements to YouTube Music. While the ability to upload your own tracks to the service isn't yet live, we now have confirmation that it's coming. A little less exciting piece of news is that the app is testing a new, improved Now Playing interface.

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Developers in 13 African countries can now sell paid apps and games on the Play Store (Update: Three more)

Every few months, Google opens up developer and merchant registration on the Play Console to more countries. The last few times it happened, devs in Iraq, Bermuda, Palestine, Somalia, and many more nations were able to sign up for an account on Google Play and start distributing their apps. Now, 13 African countries are joining the fray, plus Turkmenistan.

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Free trials for Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, and 17 other streaming services

You're probably watching more TV and movies than you have in a long time lately, and during such stressful times, that's OK! You're also probably having a hard time finding new things to watch as you chew your way through your Netflix watchlist, and are looking to other streaming services for new stuff. But you don't want to pay for like, ten new subscriptions to things you may not keep, and want to try a few out (maybe, uh, with a new email address and different credit card) while the current situation with coronavirus continues to unfold. Fortunately, we've  got that info aggregated into this single, handy post.

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