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Epic Games Store still coming to Android, CEO Tim Sweeney confirms

Epic Games Store still coming to Android, CEO Tim Sweeney confirms

Gamespot recently kicked off a gaming event called Play for All, and during this event, the website interviewed Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic Games. In this interview, it was revealed that Tim still plans to bring the Epic Games Store to Android, something we first learned about back in 2018. Seeing that over the last two years the studio has changed its stance on listing games on the Google Play Store, it stands to reason that Epic's and Google's relationship isn't the best, so it's nice to confirm that the studio still plans to bring the Epic Games Store to Android.

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Google Play Store showing mysterious 'empty' app updates

Google Play Store showing mysterious 'empty' app updates

Dozens of updates. No file size. No version change. And they're happening all the time. What's up with the Google Play Store refreshing apps that apparently don't need it?

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Google Play Store gets 'Install when available' option for app and game pre-registrations

Google Play Store gets 'Install when available' option for app and game pre-registrations

As previously revealed in an app teardown, the Play Store has been preparing a feature that allows it to automatically install apps and games you pre-registered for. It looks like that function is now starting to roll out to first people. Some see a new option when they pre-register for titles that allows them to take advantage of the auto-install upon release feature.

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Google really wants you to know the Play Store finally got Fortnite

Google really wants you to know the Play Store finally got Fortnite

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The Play Store now has a coronavirus section filled with apps that help you stay informed (Updated)

The Play Store now has a coronavirus section filled with apps that help you stay informed (Updated)

Google is working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, so it has added curated safety tips and information cards to coronavirus search results. It didn't include the Play Store in these efforts right away, though, and it looks like that helped some bad actors: Until recently, a search for "coronavirus" or "covid-19" led to apps and games with mostly questionable content. While there are legitimate apps sprinkled between these bad results, Google seems to have decided to fully slam the brakes for now and has stopped showing results altogether for any query containing "covid-19," "coronavirus," or "corona."

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Google Play Points loyalty program rolls out to the web store

Google Play Points loyalty program rolls out to the web store

Google's Play Store loyalty program, Play Points, launched in the US last year and has let you earn perks for trying new apps and purchasing media since then. So far, it has been limited to the mobile version of the platform, and you couldn't view your benefits, challenges, and points on the web interface. Google is eager to change this, though, as first people report they have access to their scores and perks on the Play Store website.

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The Google Play Store will no longer show notifications for updated apps (Update)

The Google Play Store will no longer show notifications for updated apps (Update)

One of the great things about Android is that instead of being dependent on major OS upgrades like that other mobile operating system, Google's core apps receive regular updates throughout the year. While this is usually a highlight of the platform, it's not uncommon for features to be altered or randomly disappear without warning. Case in point: A number of reports are claiming that the Play Store notification that should be received when an app successfully updates is no longer appearing in the notification shade.

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Help kick your smoking or vaping habit with the free QuitNow! app (Sponsored Post)

Help kick your smoking or vaping habit with the free QuitNow! app (Sponsored Post)

As you embark on a brand new decade of self-empowerment, there's never been a better time to turn over a new leaf in favor of a happier, healthier you. For many people around the globe, smoking cigarettes or puffing on vape pens is still a very real hurdle that must conquered, but there is a way out. QuitNow! can help keep you motivated and focused to finally kick your smoking or vaping habit for good.

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Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

If you've been using ToTok on any of your devices, you should consider uninstalling it immediately. The new messaging platform that was one of the most downloaded apps last week was swiftly removed from the Google Play Store (and Apple's App Store) before the end of Friday. The abrupt decision came after American officials declared the service was actually spyware backed by the United Arab Emirates government.

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Netflix and Disney+ content now appears in the Google Play Movies app

Netflix and Disney+ content now appears in the Google Play Movies app

Netflix has been one of the largest movie and TV streaming services available since pivoting from its DVD-rental model in 2007. Despite mass popularity throughout the greater half of this decade, Netflix has managed to completely avoid integrating with the Google Play Movies app — at least, that was until now. We have confirmed that Play Movies can finally search for content exclusive to Netflix, as well as the brand new Disney+ streaming service.

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