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Signal hits 50 million installs on Play Store amid WhatsApp privacy concerns

Signal hits 50 million installs on Play Store amid WhatsApp privacy concerns

WhatsApp's new terms of service have resulted in an exodus of users moving to alternative, "more secure" messaging services. While there a bunch to choose from, Telegram and Signal seem to be the most popular of all. Shortly after the former added 25 million users in 72 hours, the latter has crossed the 50-million mark on the Google Play Store.

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Hot Air Balloon offline mini-game Easter egg for the Google Play Store spotted in the wild

Hot Air Balloon offline mini-game Easter egg for the Google Play Store spotted in the wild

Earlier in the year, noted feature-finder Jane Wong and Alessandro Paluzzi both dug up a hot air balloon Easter egg mini-game in-development for the Google Play Store app. Like the ubiquitous Chrome dino minigame, this was set to appear when you have internet connection difficulties while using the Play Store. And based on recent reports, it's starting to roll out a little more widely.

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Mobvoi watch faces return to the Play Store following mysterious disappearance

Mobvoi watch faces return to the Play Store following mysterious disappearance

Mobvoi makes a lot of Wear OS smartwatches, and like any good watchmaker, it also produces a variety of watch faces that users can install to personalize their timepieces. Last month, however, on the eve of Halloween, all of the company's watch faces — and the developer account used to publish them — seem to have been purged from the Play Store entirely. Now it looks like most of them have returned to their rightful place on the Play Store's virtual shelves.

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Google One passes 100 million installs on Play Store

Google One passes 100 million installs on Play Store

Android devices have to include at least some of Google's own applications if they want access to the Play Store (which is an issue on its own), so it's not too surprising when one of the company's apps reaches a significant number of installs. The management app for Google One is the latest application to reach 100 million installs, placing it in the same range as Google Classroom and YouTube Studio.

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Indie developer uncovers nefarious plot to steal his game right out from under his nose

Indie developer uncovers nefarious plot to steal his game right out from under his nose

When games get popular on the Play Store, companies often try to copy their formula for success. But perhaps none have done it quite so blatantly as what's happening in the case of WorldBox, a game that indie developer Maxim Karpenko had been working for more than eight years when he discovered it was in the process of being stolen right out from under his nose.

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Google compares similar apps head-to-head in new Play Store experiment

Google compares similar apps head-to-head in new Play Store experiment

As one of the most important apps on a smartphone, Google is always making tweaks to the Play Store to improve its usability and design. Earlier this month, a controversial test was spotted that took hamburgers off the menu. Now the Play Store is experimenting with a new change that shows direct comparisons between similar apps to let users decide which best fits their needs.

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Google Play Store takes hamburgers off the menu in latest UI test

Google Play Store takes hamburgers off the menu in latest UI test

The Google Play Store is one of the most important apps on any phone, which is probably why Google is always tweaking it here and there. Last year, the Play Store received its biggest visual overhaul in a while, and this summer the app starting rolling out new search filters and experimenting with a redesign of the My Apps screen. In this latest test, Google is getting rid of the Play Store's hamburger menu.

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YouTube Music reaches 500 million installs as it prepares to lay Google Play Music to rest

YouTube Music reaches 500 million installs as it prepares to lay Google Play Music to rest

The YouTube Music app has been around for about half a decade now. It started out as merely a new way to watch music videos on YouTube, but was relaunched in 2018 as a full-fledged music streaming service with the eventual goal of replacing Google Play Music. As that objective draws closer to becoming a reality, YouTube Music has officially joined the likes of Google Contacts (among others) in crossing the 500 million install count in the Play Store.

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Google is working on peer-to-peer app sharing via the Play Store

Google is working on peer-to-peer app sharing via the Play Store

The Play Store has been in the news more than usual recently, but this time it's for a positive reason. The latest version of the app reveals that Google is working on a few changes to the "My Apps" section of the Play Store, including the ability for users to send apps to friends offline through the use of peer-to-peer file sharing.

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Apple fires back at Epic Games, seeks monetary damages for 'breach of contract'

Apple fires back at Epic Games, seeks monetary damages for 'breach of contract'

Ever since Epic updated its popular Fortnite title with a new payment flow that redirected customers toward its own website by promising discounted prices, chaos has ensued. Epic dared Apple and Google to kick Fortnite off app stores, then sued the companies for anti-competitive practices when it happened. We just learned that Google is working on getting the case against it dismissed, and now Apple is going a step further, seeking monetary damages from Epic for breaching its contract.

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