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Google Is Finally Cracking Down on Android Apps That Track Your Location in the Background

Google has informed developers that it’s about to enforce new restrictions on Android apps that unnecessarily track user location data in the background. It informed developers that all apps in the Google Play store will need to have express approval from the company to collect such data or risk being pulled entirely. Read More >>

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How to Install Any App on an Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV devices, like Amazon Fire tablets, don’t have access to the standard Google Play Store, so you can’t get at as many audio, video and other apps as you can on, say, an Android TV. You don’t have to settle for this state of affairs though – you can sideload just about any app you want on to a Fire TV device by jumping through a few hoops. Read More >>

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Sorry, Google Play Music, YouTube Music Is Now Android’s Default Player

It looks like Google’s dessert-themed naming scheme isn’t the only thing getting replaced with Android 10. YouTube Music is kicking Google Play Music aside as Android’s prepackaged music player, YouTube announced on Friday. The app will come bundled with all devices launching with Android 10. Read More >>

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Do You Love or Hate Apple’s Locked Down App Store?

If there’s one thing you can’t accuse Apple of, it’s being hands off. That’s especially true when it comes to its App Store, where every app must pass muster with Apple’s lengthy App Store Review Guidelines. Read More >>

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Huawei Might Already Have Its Own App Store to Counter Google Ban

Despite the US Department of Commerce (DOC) recently granting American tech companies a 90-day extension to continue working with Huawei, due to increased security concerns and the threat of being banned from using US tech, Huawei is being forced to prepare for a future without access to Google and apps hosted on Play Store. Read More >>

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Google’s Now Letting Users Pay for Android Apps With Cash

While credit and debit cards are rampant in the UK and the United States, it’s not necessarily the case in other countries where cash is still king. At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, the tech giant announced it’s adding more payment methods to its Google Play store, including cash and bank transfers. Read More >>

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Google is Giving the Boot to a Major Play Store Developer With More Than 600 Million Installs

Google has begun purging the Play Store of apps made by DO Global, a Chinese firm that makes Android apps and is partially backed by Baidu, after a BuzzFeed News report indicated it was committing massive ad fraud. Read More >>

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New Alarm Clock App Is Betting You Won’t Be Able to Sleep Through the Sound of a Puking Dog

Neural adaptation is our brain’s ability to gradually ignore sounds, smells, and other stimuli we’re routinely exposed to. It’s what allows people who live in crowded urban settings to tune out all the noise at night and sleep, and then continue sleeping right through a familiar alarm clock sound in the morning. Odd Alarm is a new app that almost guarantees you won’t sleep in by offering a list of unorthodox sounds your body will find impossible to ignore. Read More >>

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New Adware With Destructive Capabilities Infects Over 200 Google Play Store Apps

Researchers have uncovered a new adware strain running rampant on the Google Play Store. More than 200 applications are said to carry the malware. Read More >>

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Google Reportedly Won’t Remove Saudi Government App That Allows Men to Track Women

Despite outcry from human rights groups and politicians, Google will reportedly keep a controversial Saudi government app in its Google Play store, Business Insider reported Saturday. Among other functions, the app allows Saudi men to track and restrict the travel of women and dependents. Read More >>

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Video Adverts Are Coming to Google Play

Nobody likes adverts, but most of us have to accept that they're a part of life on the internet. People like video adverts even less, and yet companies keep pushing them as if they're good for anything other than pissing everybody off. Well Google's decided they're a wonderful idea, which is why it's rolling out video ads to the Google Play store. Read More >>

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Google Says It Used AI to Help Block 700K Bad Apps on the Play Store

With over 2.8 million total apps, Google’s Play Store is the biggest app store on the planet. And with that many apps, sometimes simply finding the software you’re looking for can be a challenge, let alone trying to make sure that none of those downloads are harmful or malicious to the over 2 billion active Android users. Read More >>

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Looks Like Audiobooks Are Coming to Google Play

Amazon's Audible has long had a stranglehold on the audiobook market, but that may be about to change. Thanks to some eagled-eyed work from 9to5Google, it looks like the Big G may soon be getting in the digital tome game. Read More >>

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Google Pulls 60 Apps From Play Store After Malware Exposes Kids to Porn

Security researchers on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displayed pornographic images to users. Many of the apps are games reportedly geared toward young children. Read More >>

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Google Play Has Revealed the Top Android Apps of 2017

It's December now, so there are only 31 days left until everyone keeps forgetting to write down 2018. With the end of the year coming the business world is gearing up with ways to remind you of all the things that have happened since this time last year. Google is no exception, and has revealed the top Android apps from Google Play. Read More >>