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Over 2 million people have purchased or rented The Interview since it started streaming on December 24th, according to an announcement from Sony Pictures Entertainment…
Android One, Google’s effort to improve and standardize phones that cost under $100, is expanding. After launching in India earlier this year,…
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In the market for a Chromecast these holidays? Google has some perks for you: Consumers who buy a new Chromecast streaming stick…
It looks like as if an app preinstalled on Sony smartphones called Backup & Restore has been compromised by a group calling itself the “HeArT HaCkEr Group.”
There are tens of millions of smartphones running Android in China, but very few use Google Play services and almost none of them have access to Google’s app store. It looks like Google wants to change that.
Disney would like consumers to continue to buy its movies. That’s why the company now struck an alliance with Google to add its cloud locker to Android.
Roku users just got another way to rent and buy movies and TV shows — but this one is worth mentioning regardless:…
One of the biggest advantages to buying apps on Google Play over the iOS App Store is the ability to try out…
Amazon updated its app for Android with several new features, including the ability to buy Kindle ebooks and download apps. The update brings Prime Instant Video to Android for the first time, as an exclusive app that isn’t available on Google Play.
The mobile version of Disconnect, a tool that helps users screen malicious ads and ad-tracking, is back in the Google Store after being banned for two weeks.
Details are sketchy but it appears Verizon is looking to band carriers together for a new global mobile app store. We’ve been down this road before with alternative app stores and it always ends the same: At a dead end.
An Android Police report has shored up earlier suggestions regarding the service’s branding.
On Friday, Google opened up its Google Now Launcher to any Android device running 4.1 and up.
Google Play accounted for 60% more app downloads last quarter than iOS, according to a new report.
On Saturday, Comixology, the dominant digital comics distributor recently purchased by Amazon, released a new iOS app that removes the in-app comic book store, in a move designed to avoid Apple’s standard 30 percent in-app purchase fee.
Users of Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets can download a new Kindle app produced in partnership with Amazon. The app, Kindle for Samsung, has a new interface and gives away one ebook a month.
FireChat is debuting today in Google Play, after a successful launch on iOS. Android users can now engage in FireChat’s hyperlocal messaging sessions, but they won’t be able to chat with iOS devices.
Google (s GOOG) just rolled out its Play Movies service, which offers Hollywood Blockbusters for rent or sale, in a whole bunch…
Google makes a ton of money with ads — but apps, media and even hardware products like the Nexus 5 and Chromecast are starting to have a growing impact on revenue.
Google (s GOOG) brought its Google Play Movies and TV app to iOS Wednesday, making it easier for users of the service…
Google Play is offering some great year-end deals on music, movies, books, TV and apps. Right now you can get Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus, for free.
If you own an Android tablet, your app experience is about to get much better. Google has finally made a “Designed for tablets” section the default view for tablets on Google Play.
Leaked images of a BlackBerry Z10 running the Google Play app store have fueled speculation that Google Play support might be coming to BlackBerry 10.2.1.
We love to talk about the potential of connecting billions of devices but all that goodness comes at a steep price.
The Android tablet app gap is about to get a little smaller. Google plans to provide a clear distinction between phone and tablet apps in Google Play starting November 21.
Nothing is fragmented in the mobile app space quite like SMS alternatives. Is there a possibility for a company to surge and become the one messaging app to rule them all?
In order to extend its life, BetaWorks has given its smash hit Dots a few new platforms and a new new modes for play.
Need another source for video content on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch? Check out the Google Play store for movies and TV episodes. There’s no official player for these, but you can actually stream the titles through Google’s YouTube app.
The LG G2 will be coming to over 130 carriers worldwide, but LG has “no plans” to release a Google Play edition.
Google will start selling and renting digital textbooks through the Play store next month, in a move that could help it compete against Amazon’s Kindle textbook business.
Baidu, the Chinese desktop web giant that is looking to shore up its mobile ambitions, has said it will take over 91 Wireless, proprietor of the country’s largest third-party Android app distribution platform.
Canalys reports the mobile app gap is still big when it comes to Windows Phone and BlackBerry offering the top titles. But a closer look at the stores shows some skewed results. Ultimately, only you can determine the best app store for your needs.
Apple announced a big milestone in app downloads on Wednesday, the same day that Google’s I/O developer conference kicked off in San Francisco. The app store has now seen 50 million downloads so far.
While SwiftKey has always been available directly to consumers, Swype has distributed its virtual keyboard through device makers. That changes on Wednesday, though, as Nuance releases Swype into the consumer marketplace.
It’s the same dynamic we’ve seen play out in hardware between Android device makers and the iPhone maker: Apple takes in a vast majority of the profits in the smartphone industry while Android device makers sell far more actual handsets.
A year after it was launched as the new version of Android Market, Google Play contains over 5 million ebooks, 18 million songs and 700,000 apps, the company announced Thursday. But it’s still struggling to compete against Amazon and iTunes.
In the slicing-up of the mobile content pie, carriers have been left out over the last few years. But, according to a new analyst report, that situation’s starting to change.
Some Chromebook owners are getting their Google Play video rentals in WebM, thanks to new HTML5 video security. And Google is already working hard on a next-generation video codec.
Samsung could gain even more influence over Android with its new Chillingo partnership. The two are offering developers 100 percent of revenues for titles sold in the Samsung Apps store.
For the first time since passing the 50 percent market, less than half of all Android devices are running version 2.3. Instead, nearly 40 percent use Android 4.x. It’s easier to get digital magazines in Google Play and a pic of the Galaxy S4 popped up.
In the last six months, revenues from Android apps in Japan have grown by a factor of 4.5, putting Japanese revenues from Android higher than the U.S., the first time the U.S. has not been in the lead. Revenues outside those two countries are growing too.
If you missed out on the first run of Nexus 4 smartphones from Google, you get a second chance on Tuesday, provided you live in the U.S. Google notified potential customers of new stock available, but still needs to improve the direct to consumer buying experience.
Motorola’s Razr M is getting Android 4.1 quickly after launch, illustrating that the Google-owned company is looking to advance the pace of software updates. Verizon is tucking Isis support into the update. And Google is offering price protection on devices sold in the Google Play store.
Google Play users won’t have to upload every single song to their music locker anymore. Google just introduced its own version of iTunes Match, which identifies songs on a user’s hard drive and then unlocks them in the cloud. The main difference: Google’s version is free.
Add it to my tab, please: Verizon customers can soon add app and media content purchases from Google Play to their monthly phone bill, Google confirmed Thursday. Google previously struck similar partnerships with other U.S. carriers.
It’s day two of Google’s 25 billion app download celebration and that means more twenty-five cent apps. My picks today include two fun puzzle games, a super-looking alarm clock and one of the most amazing camera apps that I’ve seen yet for any smartphone.
Google is celebrating 25 billion app downloads from its Google Play store with twenty-five cent apps. There are a number to choose from, but these four stood out for me and earned my buck: Two for productivity and two fun games for after work.
Google Play is now up to 25 billion app downloads, a little behind the pace of Apple’s App Store which hit that mark in March of this year. Google Play also has 675,000 apps overall compared to 700,000 for the App Store.
My two-month Chromebook experience has been so great, I use the Google laptop as a primary device. But one flaw I found last month bothered me: No Google Play video support. The latest ChromeOS update, available now, fixes the problem and I’m happy again.
After months with a sub-par user experience, the Google Play store is gaining needed improvements. Application updates comprised of just changed code now helps limit mobile broadband use while gift cards and wishlists are coming soon, per the latest version of Google Play.
Browsing YouTube for the latest music, downloading, converting and uploading to back to Google Play is the updated version of listening to the radio, hearing a song for the first time, and adding it to your music collection directly from the radio.
Facebook’s App Center was launched in June as part of the social network’s attempt to be more relevant to mobile users and help them find apps they like for their smartphones. It’s also another way of attacking the mobile app discovery problem plaguing both iOS and Android.
Every app in the Verizon Apps store now has the stamp of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. The familiar nomenclature isn’t being used by Google and Apple, but Verizon and other carriers may use that fact to draw parents to their nascent app portals.
Even as Google is cutting products in an attempt to “focus,” these moves are also just freeing up resources for the company to take on new risks. Some of those new projects are already not working out, like the Nexus Q.
Google has improved its movie and TV show offerings in Google Play; great for the new Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q streaming device. But you’re out of luck for video playback — rentals or purchases — if you have a Google-powered Chromebook. What gives?
BookExpo America, the U.S. book industry’s largest trade event, hits NYC next week. Look out for discoverability questions, startups and “Hunger Games” wannabes — and don’t miss the two elephants in the room.
Samsung has launched Music Hub on its new Galaxy S III in five countries. The service is touted as the “first completely integrated, all-in-one mobile music service” but it’s not exactly new. Samsung’s Music Hub debuted in 2010 and the company keeps trying to improve it.
Zedge, a popular personalization app that offers ringtones and wallpapers, is looking to use all the data it has on user tastes to help recommend free Android gaming apps via a new Mobile Games Channel on its Zedge app.
“[P]iracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market.” Research In…
Google is reportedly ending its program that allows independent booksellers to sell Google e-books through their websites. Below is the full letter that the American Booksellers Association sent to members announcing the news.
It’s obvious by now that iOS and Android are the top dogs in mobile, so the battle is on for the third platform player. Windows Phone is looking better to be No. 3 to my eyes, but mobile analytics firm Flurry suggests a different player: Amazon.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will reportedly start selling e-books in France.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will reportedly start selling e-books in France.
With yesterday’s launch of Google Play, the poor old Google (NSDQ: GOOG) eBookstore has a new name and is part of a portal that also offers…