Without a doubt, Google's Opinion Rewards app is how I've bought most of the apps in my library. For the small price of a few surveys, you can usually get some Play credit tacked onto your account. We've had the app here in the States for some time now, but now a few other countries are joining the fold.
Android One hasn't had the impact I think Google wanted, but these phones are still a popular budget option in many markets. Consumers in Turkey are about to get a new Android One option that could be quite a step up. The General Mobile GM6 includes a few niceties that many past budget phones have lacked like a fingerprint sensor and a selfie flash.
There are many ways to go about watching movies on an Android phone or tablet, but when you fire up Google Play, one method takes center stage. That's Play Movies, Google's out-of-the-box way for you to buy or rent licenses to stream TV shows and films.
Android One is on its way to Turkey. Today Google announced that it is partnering with General Mobile to bring out a faux-leather phone packed with stock Android and better specs than you would expect from Google's effort to grace the world with decent low-cost devices.
The General Mobile handset eschews low-res screens for a more impressive 5-inch HD display. Rather than a Mediatek processor, on the inside there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410. It's supplemented by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
For taking pictures, there's 5MP shooter on the front and a sizable 13MP one on the back. The phone will come with support for LTE.
The standard way to buy content from the Play Store is to key in a credit or debit card number, but there are many alternative approaches to choose from. You can buy credit online, purchase a gift card from a store, have your carrier send you a bill, or connect Google Wallet to your PayPal account.
For dedicated Android users, there's a certain feeling of comfort that comes from seeing Google Play gift cards line the shelves of their local convenience store. The visibility serves as a sign of the platform's popularity and reach, a little reminder that the OS we've come to rely on isn't going away anytime in the near future. Now those little cards are appearing in two more countries: Turkey and South Korea.
In Turkey, the gift cards come in increments of 25, 50, and 100 lira. South Korea's options range from ₩15,000 to ₩50,000 and beyond.
It doesn't matter whether you're buying gift cards for someone else or just picking up a couple for yourself (we won't judge), having the option is nice.
The reviews for apps on the Play Store are important, not just for potential users, but for developers and publishers as well: scores during the first few weeks of availability can make or break a new service or game. This being the case, it's disheartening to see a new trend among Play Store reviews: attention-seeking reviewers that give an app one star just so that their review will show up higher on the app's page.
This is a big day for those of us in the US – it's a day of food, family, friends, and more food. It's the day we all get together and celebrate what we're thankful for (which, really, should be every day). It's also a day strongly associated with turkeys. In fact, turkeys are the Santa Claus of Thanksgiving... except they don't actually bring gifts. I mean, unless you count their glorious meaty bodies as "gifts," in which case they do. But I don't think that's really a voluntary decision, so it has nothing to do with goodwill towards men. Either way, we're glad those delicious birds are around for our consumption.
Yes, yes, we know: Google takes its sweet time in getting all the various parts of the Play Store rolled out to all corners of the globe. This evening (or morning, I suppose) they've expanded the Google Play Books service to South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey. Android and Chrome users in these countries should be able to buy and read books right now.
Pics or it didn't happen: South Africa
Today's update brings Google Play Books to 39 countries, mostly in North America, Europe, and Asia - in fact, South Africa is the first country on the continent to get access to the service.