Posts Tagged Google Play Store

Official Amazing Spiderman 2 game makes its way to the Play Store

Amazing Spiderman 2

It’s Spiderman season all over again with The Amazing Spiderman 2 releasing worldwide this week. And to commemorate the release of the movie, Gameloft has launched the official Amazing Spiderman 2 game in the Google Play Store today. As expected, the app isn’t going for free and will cost you $4.99, so it’s not cheap by any means. Users will be able to spend money via in-app purchases as well, so the hefty price up front doesn’t promise you smooth continuity.

The game is your standard run-of-the-mill superhero movie spinoff and covers some aspects of the movie as well. There appears to be original voice acting done with the game, which is certainly a neat touch. Game progress will include crime fighting along with ability to unlock a few characters along the way too.

If you’ve been a fan of the franchise (or if you simply love adventure and action games), make sure you give this a look. Hit the link below to check out some live game screenshots which will give you a better idea of its functioning.

Source: Google Play Store

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Xperia Keyboard now available in the Google Play Store, Sony device still required

Sony has moved its Xperia keyboard into the Google Play Store, but you still won’t be able to get it if you’re not using a Sony device. Sony‘s move echoes the actions of Google, who has been steadily moving more and more core app elements of Android — from the Google Keyboard to yesterday’s Google Camera — into Google Play. Sony’s likely done so for the some of the same reason as well: they can update the keyboard and have it on users’ devices without worrying about waiting for carrier approval for a full-on operating system update.

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Google Calendar update adds location autocomplete from Google Maps

There’s an update for Google Calendar available now in the Google Play Store, and it’s going to make adding locations to events a tad easier. The update is relatively minor, but it brings a recently-added feature from the web version of Google Calendar to the Android app: location autocomplete from Google Maps. All you have to do is start typing in the location field on an appointment and Google Maps’ extensive address and point of interest database will be queried to provide you as-you-type autocomplete predictions. This can be especially handy when you want to ensure you have a correct address for someplace you’ll be using your phone’s navigation tools to reach.

The Google Calendar app update is propagating now through the Google Play Store for your updating pleasure.

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YouTube for Android updated to support casting live videos to Chromecast

Head into the Google Play Store and you’ll see YouTube sitting at version 5.5.27. The last time we covered an update for YouTube on Android was in late November when the app improved search results and channel pages. The changelog listed is old, but there are reports that there is now support for casting live videos to Chromecast.

Play around with the settings and you’ll notice that the Preloading menu has been removed. You’ll also find a Captions menu that has been added to YouTube for Android.

Play around with the app and let us know if you find anything else in there.

Download it now and let us know what you think.

Via: Droid Life

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Google Releases Chromoting App For Accessing Computers Remotely From Android Devices [APK Download]

imageGoogle is simply on a roll today! As it turns out, the stock camera wasn’t the only new app to hit the Play Store today – we now have the Chromoting app as well. Chromoting, for those unfamiliar with it, is a way to securely access your computer remotely by connecting to Chrome running a special Chrome Remote Desktop app. Anyone familiar with Remote Desktop, VNC, and other similar apps should feel instantly at home with Chromoting.

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Google Play Store still topping the Apple App Store in terms of downloads

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Android’s Google Play Store and the App Store from iOS are two of the biggest mobile app hubs available today. Now, a new report by App Annie sheds light on where the two rival app markets stand as far as downloads and revenues generated are concerned. This report claims that the Play Store is still dominant as far as app downloads are concerned, but still lags behind the iOS App Store in terms of revenue.

This however isn’t surprising since developers have traditionally received better returns from their apps on iOS. However, App Annie finds that the bridge is now nearing between the two app hubs in terms of revenue, so it might not be long before Google gains ground here as well.

Here’s what the report had to say – “Google Play led the iOS App Store in downloads by approximately 45% in Q1 2014, up from 35% in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, the iOS App Store maintained its comfortable advantage in revenue, leading Google Play by 85%. However, Google Play continued to narrow this revenue gap. The gains for Google Play come as Android devices extended their lead in worldwide device installed base.

Source: App Annie

Via: 9to5Google

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Get a head start on Mother’s Day shopping with Play Store sale

Even though it’s not for another month, Google is holding a Mother’s Day sale on the Google Play Store, offering major discounts on certain books, as well as magazine subscriptions.

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Official Google Camera app available for download in the Play Store

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Taking a quick stroll through Google’s applications on the Play Store this morning? You may have noticed that a newcomer has entered the fold, with an official Google Camera app being available to download at this very moment.

It’s a pretty clean camera app that gives you all the features you’ve come to expect from typical photo-snapping experiences, as well as some other unique things Google’s known for. The most notable is the addition of Photo Spheres, something Google implemented a long while ago but not many OEMs have incorporated into their own camera solutions.

Here’s what else you can expect from the app:

  • Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views
  • Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
  • Panorama mode with high resolution
  • 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
  • Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button

And that’s just the start of it. We’re sure Google will be looking to add a lot more to the experience with updates over time, but for now be sure to head to the Google Play Store and dive in! Note: Google says this will only work for those on Android 4.4 KitKat and higher, and as far as we can tell this thing is only showing compatibility with Nexus devices for the time being.

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Motorola Migrate update improves pairing, fixes issues

If you bought the Moto X or one of Motorola‘s other recent handsets, Motorola Migrate likely served as a mixed blessing: while easy to use, it suffers from various bugs that could cause a random loss of connection or trouble pairing. Today the company pushed out an update for the app addressing the problems.

Motorola Migrate is a handy way to transfer the data from one’s previous handset to their new Motorola device, including things like text messages and contacts. The app is available from the Google Play Store, and once downloaded it works with wifi.

The old handset is used to scan a QR code generated by the app on the new handset, which then allows the two handsets to connect with each other. Those who have cameras with fixed focus could run into issues with this, having trouble scanning the code.

The update brings support for QR pairing with a smartphone that has a fixed-focus camera. Beyond this, a number of unspecified bugs that could cause trouble with transferring data between handsets have also been addressed, potentially eliminating any “connection lost” or similar errors.

SOURCE: Google+

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AllCast update adds Google Drive streaming support

Koush has been pretty busy pushing updates for AllCast lately. It wasn’t all that long ago we saw one adding support for the Amazon Fire TV. But while support for new devices is welcomed, there is also the hope of seeing support for new services. The latest AllCast update has added beta support for Google Drive.

Aside from Google Drive streaming support, and the fairly recent addition of Fire TV support — there was also mention of various bug fixes as well as a “potential” fix for disconnecting after 30 minutes. Anyway, while the support for Drive has been added, there may be some issues with finding the file you are looking for.

You see, for now AllCast is showing your Drive media as one single list, which could make it a bit harder for those with large Drive accounts. Otherwise, as it had been AllCast is available by way of the Google Play Store and comes in a free and premium version.

The premium version will set you back $4.99, however it does remove the limitations found in the free version. For those who have yet to check out AllCast, the free version limits users to one minute of viewing on pictures and video. AllCast can be downloaded using this Google Play Store link.

VIA: Android Police

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Chrome Beta update brings undo close and fullscreen video controls

Google has just rolled out an update to the beta branch of its Chrome browser for Android and it brings a few interesting features. Debuting in this update is the ability to re-open recently closed tabs, more multi-window support, and better HTML5 video controls.

Desktop browsers like Chrome and Firefox have long had the ability to “undo” closing of tabs, but mobile browsers have lagged behind in that aspect. Now, Google Chrome Beta is finally catching up. Closing a tab via the tab manager will show an overlay with an option to undo the action. Like on the desktop, users will be able to go through the stack of closed tabs as long as the overlay is visible. Be careful though as it only stays visible for five seconds after a tab is closed.


Also in this update is better support for HTML5 videos. In particular, videos can now be played fullscreen complete with Subtitles as well as playback controls. This feature takes such videos one step closer to feature parity with Flash videos, which are no longer supported on Android.


The release notes also mention support for some multi-window devices, though it doesn’t mention which ones exactly. Chrome, both Beta and final versions, already support Samsung TouchWiz multi-window. We can only presume that this update adds support for third-party implementations and maybe LG’s own multi-window feature.


Chrome Beta now also supports casting some videos to Chromecast, though YouTube support is noted to be still incomplete. Even fullscreen video controls are still not complete. The updated Chrome Beta can be download now from Google Play Store and can be installed side by side with the regular Chrome version with no problems.

Download: Chrome Beta on Google Play Store
SOURCE: Google

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The official Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff game now available for Android

Family Guy The Quest for Stuff

New to the Google Play Store is the official Family Guy video game from TinyCo. The game features your favorite TV show family, the Griffins, doing what they do best… mayhem.

The story begins with the Griffins attending a town meeting to find out why the Family Guy TV show has gotten cancelled (again). There, they find out it was nothing more than an elaborate plot by Chicken to exact his revenge on Peter Griffin. Another epic battle ensues, and when the dust clears, the city of Quahog is left in ruins. That’s where you, the player, comes in.

Family Guy Quest for Stuff game Android

Played in an over-head top view, we’d be lying if we said it didn’t remind us of the Simpsons: Tapped Out. You tap to perform actions with Peter, completing mission quests to find the rest of your family, and rebuild the town. Because, yes, this is a freemium title, there are two types of currency: coins and clams. Coins are given as rewards for rebuilding houses and buildings, while clams are a little tougher to come by (and can be acquired via in-app purchases, ie: real money).

Features? Well, the game has a quite a few:

  • It’s Free! Freakin’ free? Freakin’ sweet!
  • Create a living Quahog that fits enjoyably in your pants
  • Unlock hilarious outfits for your characters like Mermaid Peter, Bikini-Clad Quagmire, and Rambo Lois
  • Send your characters on ridiculous quests
  • Keep Quahog safe from pirates, evil chickens, and other invasions
  • Peterfy your town with decorations such as The Petercopter, The Peterdactyl, and The Hindenpeter
  • Unlock hundreds of brand new and classic animations

Family Guy game screenshot

Craziest part is the game has been translated to French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese — although we’re not sure how well the humor translates. Because the game’s dialog comes from the writers of the Family Guy show, you’re sure to have a good chuckle every now and again. You can download the Family Guy game via the Play Store link below.

Download on Google Play: Family Guy

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Nikon COOLPIX S810c Android Camera Available This May For $350

Nikon launched its first Android powered camera called the Coolpix S800c way back in 2012. The camera ran on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and had a 3.5-inch touchscreen display which users can use to navigate the menu. While it did not have any telephony features it could connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi and has access to the Google Play store. Back then the device cost $350.

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Today, the company has come up with a second Android powered model called the Nikon COOLPIX S810c. This device has several improvements over the first model including the use of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a 3.7-inch touchscreen display. It also retains its Wi-Fi feature that allows it to access the Google Play store and download apps.

Technical Specifications

  • Effective Pixels: 16.0 million
  • Sensor Size: 1/2.3 in.
  • Lens: 12x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens
  • Lens Focal Length:  4.5-54.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-300 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Lens Zoom: 12x
  • Digital Zoom:  Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 1,200mm lens in 35mm[135] format)
  • Monitor Size: 3.7 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Type: TFT-LCD (touch panel) with Anti-reflection coating, Touch screen control
  • Storage Media: MicroSD card
  • Movie: Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps, HS 1920×1080/ 15p, HS 1280×720/ 60p, HS 640×480/ 120p, VGA 640×480/ 30p
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 125-1600, ISO 3200 (available when using Auto mode)
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: Up to 3 shots at approx. 8 frames per second
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL23
  • Approx. Dimensions: 4.5 in. (113 mm) x 2.5 in. (63.5 mm) x 1.1 in. (27.5 mm)
  • Approx. Weight: 7.7 oz. (216 g)

The Nikon COOLPIX S810c is basically a high end point and shoot compact digital camera. It allows for photos to be taken easily and quickly while uploading directly to social networks as well as editing of photos can be done from the device itself.

Some of the features of this latest camera include

  • Android 4.2.2 with Wi-Fi having a familiar smartphone user interface: The camera is easy to setup. Access to the Internet allows apps from the Google Play store such as Facebook and Twitter to be installed on the device.
  • Excellent shooting performance: Its use of a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens covers the wide-angle 25mm to telephoto 300mm range of angles of view. It also has a Dynamic Fine Zoom feature which enables 24x zoom for a maximum focal length of 600mm.
  • Various shooting and retouch functions: The camera has a comment function that allows users to place comments on photos which can be later on edited. The Nikon Image Space app is also pre-installed which provides users a free 20GB of cloud storage space.
  • 3.7-inch, approximately 1229k-dot TFT LCD monitor offering sharp and clear reproduction

The Nikon COOLPIX S810c will become available this coming May for $350.

via nikon

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The Walking Dead game series creeps its way into the Google Play Store


Well it’s about time. Zombie fans have something to get excited about today. Already available in the Amazon Appstore since January, The Walking Dead Season One game is now ready for your downloading pleasure from the Google Play Store. This game comes from Telltale Games, and is a five-part series. The first part is free, and episodes 2-5 are available through an in-app purchase.

This game doesn’t follow the popular hit TV show, but I am told this game is very good. You play Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, that has been given a second chance at life. Interestingly enough, that second chance at life involves a heavy dose of the undead. Your actions will control how the story unfolds.

Unfortunately this game won’t be available to everyone as there are some hardware requirements….

Minimum specs:
GPU: Adreno 200 series, Mali-400 series, PowerVR SGX540, or Tegra 3
CPU: Dual core 1GHz
Memory: 1GB

Recommended specs:
GPU: Adreno 300 series, Mali-T600 series, PowerVR SGX544, or Tegra 4
CPU: Quad core 1.5GHz
Memory: 2GB


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 8, 2014


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!


Sony launches Lifelog app for their wearable devices

Pushbullet updated to add full image previews and Tasker Event support


YouTube Live Streams on Chromecast now available from the desktop

Reddit user finds that new home screen information may land on Chromecast


The Walking Dead game series creeps its way into the Google Play Store


Google I/O registration pushed to next week

Virus Shield pulled out of Google Play Store for being a fake app

Google Glass

Google Glass might have saved this patient’s life


Buy the HTC One (M8) or Robert Downey Jr. will be possessed with the most foul spirit

HTC One (M8) display is one of the fastest

HTC One (M8) in Stealth Red may have been delayed

HTC M8 Ace shows up in first leaked image

OnePlus One clock speed and RAM get clarified

New video tests waterproof qualities of Samsung Galaxy S 5

Samsung sues Korean news site over negative press

Next Vivo flagship will feature dual-LED flash

ZTE ‘Apollo’ could be the first device to feature Qualcomm’s 64-bit processor

Project Ara

Functional Project Ara prototype will be finished this month


LG said to be releasing another smartwatch shortly after the G Watch’s launch

LG G Watch to be available before July in U.K.


Samsung Gear Fit updated, adding vertical display orientation option

Sony launches Lifelog app for their wearable devices


Lenovo acquires 3G and LTE patents from NEC


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The Walking Dead: Season One game now available in the Play Store

The Walking Dead: Season One game is now available in the Google Play Store. We suspect many will react to this news with one word — finally. But putting the long wait aside, the game has arrived for Android users to begin playing. Those grabbing the game will have access to Episode 1-5 as well as a special one called “400 Days.”

If you’ve come this far you are likely aware of The Walking Dead. And in this case, yes, the game is based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning series. You will be playing as Lee Everett, and protecting an orphaned Clementine.

“Experience events, meet people and visit locations that foreshadow the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes. A tailored game experience – actions, choices and decisions you make will affect how your story plays out across the entire series.”

You will be able to play with Android 2.3.3 or later, and while there are a set of minimum required specs, the recommended include Adreno 330 graphics with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

For reference, The Walking Dead: Season One does play really nicely on the NVIDIA SHIELD. Naturally, that goes to say the control support can be expected. But otherwise, the game also plays nicely on a touchscreen device. Touching back on those specs and we find the minimum required to be Adreno 200 with 1GB of RAM and a dual-core 1GHz processor.

The Walking Dead: Season One can be found in the Google Play Store. The Season One game contains six episodes in total. The first, Episode 1: A New Day, is free. From that point, Episodes 2-5 are available via in-app purchase.

Those will each run you $4.99. Telltale Games also has a special episode, called “400 Days” available. Similar to the other in-app purchases, that one is also $4.99. Those looking to save some money can purchase the Season Pass which includes Episode 2-5 and “400 Days” for $14.99. Either way though, you can get started with The Walking Dead: Episode One: A New Day for free.


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The Walking Dead game shambles its way onto Google Play

The Walking Dead by Telltale games has hit the Google Play store, offering dramatic, action-packed gameplay. All five episodes plus the extra 400 Days DLC are available through a single in-app purchase, and you can enjoy the first episode for free.

For those unfamiliar, The Walking Dead is an outstanding comic and television series about a group of survivors in a zombie apocalypse. Though the game here has little to do with those series, you’ll find just as much cinematic excellence. Players have to make snap life-or-death decisions, complete rigorous gauntlets of reflex gameplay when fighting off the undead, and, worst of all, live with the decisions you’ve made from one episode to the next.

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The Walking Dead game makes its way to the Play Store

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season One by Telltale Games has finally landed on the Google Play Store after a long wait by Android fans. The app was launched for the Ouya console in August last year, which left many wondering if it will ever make its way to the Play Store as well. The game contains five episodes in total with the first episode available for free while the rest will have to be downloaded via in-app purchases.

Users play as Lee Everett along with the orphan Clementine. The developers suggest that devices need to be at least running Android 2.3 to play this game and have an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM for the best results, although the minimum requirements for the game are 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 200 GPU.

You can download the game free of cost from the link below and try it out for yourself. Since this is a freemium game, you will have to shell out some money to continue progressing, so make sure you’re mindful of that before downloading the game.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Android Authority

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AllCast gets mirroring support on Amazon Fire TV

Another streaming device means another potential toy for Koushik Dutta to play with. And true enough, the renowned Android developer has just pushed out an update to his AllCast app that allows mirroring smartphones on the newly unveiled Amazon Fire TV.

Koush’s AllCast has come a long way before it finally shed its beta status late last year. It even got yanked off Google Play Store due to issues with Google’s policies for free and paid versions of apps, though that was fortunately resolved quickly. Then in February, it became one of the first to jump in on the Chromecast train after the SDK was released. And now, Koush is jumping yet again.

AllCast boasts of support for a number of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox’s, Chromecast, and now Amazon Fire TV, but mirroring support is limited to only three devices, with apparently widely different performance. Surprisingly, the Chromecast performs the poorest, with video quality only getting better after 2 minutes and with audio being terrible. Furthermore, Chromecast mirroring is only available on the Nexus 5. Apple TV, on the other hand, has good video but has no audio support as of the moment. This leaves the new Amazon Fire TV which Koush claims is actually the best of the three, with great video and great audio and even works on all devices running Android 4.4. The video below demonstrates this new feature, using everyone’s new favorite avian game.

That said, Amazon Fire TV mirroring is still marked as beta, so expect some bugs and future changes. As before, AllCast is available on Google Play Store in free and premium versions. The free version is limited to only 1 minute of viewing, both pictures and videos, and a $4.99 purchase will be required for unlimited access.

Download: AllCast (Free), (Premium)
SOURCE: +Koush

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Best Android Apps for March 2014

We’ve got the best social, utility, and customization apps for Android launched in the last 30 days right here

In our ongoing quest to bring y’all the bestest the Google Play Store has to offer, we’re going to start rounding up our favorite Android releases every month.

Often these round-ups will include big releases that you might have missed throughout Android Central news stories or our picks of the week, but we’ll try to dig up some hidden gems for you too. We’ve already rounded up the month’s games, if you’re looking for more.

For March 2014, we’ve got a nice spread of apps. A bit of learning, a bit personalization, and a bit of social to check out. Go ahead and dive in!


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Google Play Store’s new ‘People’ option gives you recommendations based on your friends


Google is updating the Play Store with a new option called “People.” This section will give you recommendations based on what your Google+ friends are using. This includes apps, books, music, movies, etc. The higher they rate them, the more likely you will see them.

The good news is that it’s not in your face. You will only see these recommendations if you open the section. You find it by tapping on the hamburger menu at the top left, which reveals the main slide-out menu. Just choose “People” under “My Wishlist.”

What is strange is that this new option appears in the current version of the Play Store app (version 4.6.17), but it’s being rolled out slowly. I have checked at least 5 or 6 devices, and neither of them have it yet. So if you don’t have it yet, be patient because there is no APK download that I know that will force it.



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Google Search supports 24 more in-app results

Google has just announced 24 more apps that have joined the roster of Android apps that appear in Google Search results. Now users will be able to immediately jump into the appropriate app when searching for content that may already be stored in an installed app.

Google unveiled in-app searching last December, showing how users can go from a web search to a related app in just a single step, provided the app is already installed. In some cases, there will be even options to download an app, should an app of that exact name exist in Google Play Store.

This feature doesn’t happen by magic though. App developers have to add this by enabling app indexing in their app, basically giving Google links to content inside the app. Once such an app has been installed, it might take a few days before search results begin showing links to open the app right within the Google Search app.

When in-app searches launched, it was limited to only a few third-party apps like IMDb and Wikipedia. Now Google is expanding the scope with 24 more, including 500px, AOL, BigOven, Bleacher Report,, Eventbrite, Glassdoor, Goodreads, Huffington Post, Merriam-Webster, Pinterest,, Seeking Alpha, TalkAndroid, TheFreeDictionary, The Journal, TripAdvisor, Tumblr, Urbanspoon, Wattpad, YP, Zagat, Zappos and Zillow. Google is also working to get more and more app developers to include the feature in their apps, which can be used as extra exposure and presence for the apps.

SOURCE: Google

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Google Opinion Rewards expands to the U.K., Canada and Australia

Google Opinion RewardsGoogle Opinion Rewards went live late last year with its novel way of adding small amounts of Google Play credit in exchange for completing some surveys. At the time of launch, the app was only available to U.S. residents, however today, the privilege has also been extended to the U.K., Canada and Australia.

At the beginning, surveys gave some pretty lucrative rewards, however the amount per survey has equalized somewhat since then; surveys are  only a few questions long and generally offer a pittance of $0.25-0.50. Still, free money is still money, so if you’re in one of the new regions, you’ll be able to pick the app up for free from the Google Play Store today (links are below).

What are your experiences with Google Opinion Rewards so far? Do you think this is a good idea for a service? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Android Police


Application: Google Opinion Rewards

Play Store Link

Price: Free


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Google play store gets a ‘People’ section to share apps and connect with other users

The Google Play Store is Android’s depository of applications where developers upload their applications for users to officially download them.  If you are an Android user, you probably already know this, but what you may not have heard already is that the play store just got a new feature that will show you what applications your friends and colleagues are downloading.

Google Play Store People

The Google Play ‘People’ section is a new addition to the Google Play application on your Android device that will add a new menu titled ‘People’ which when you follow, will take you to some sort of mini-social setting where you can access lists of friends sharing their list of apps with you.  At the beginning, users will have the option to opt-in to ‘People’s’ section which will present them with application recommendations especially from businesses and persons that are familiar.

When I can be able to share my list of programs with you, it would be very easy to recommend applications and easily get application reviews from someone you know (me) if I have gotten to try it, before you choose to download.  Tapping on a person’s or a business’ name on the ‘People’ secion of Play Store opens a new menu that displays some of their recent activities – but only to do with applications.  I suppose this means installation dates, reviews, wish lists etc.

Google’s ongoing integration of all their services applies to this new feature of the play store too.  Users will be able to view fill Google+ profiles of other Google Play People members, discover their app and even get to learn more about them based on their app downloads and use.  This platform has the ‘follow’ feature which means that one can only view the apps and activities that the people they follow choose to share, or if they choose to share with public.

This feature is in the server side of the Google Play Store, which means that you will not need to update the Google Play Store app on your phone.  As of publication, the feature was already functional for some users, especially those in the mid-west of the country (US).  There hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but it should come soon.  We will scrutinize this feature and publish what we find out here, so check back later.

Is this feature a good idea or is Google taking stalking to a whole new level?  Let us know what you think.


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CCleaner arrives (in beta) for Android users

It has been quite some time since we heard about CCleaner coming to Android. But in a bit of good news — the app is now available from the Google Play Store. You will need to be willing to run a beta release, but otherwise, everything is being handled using the Google Play Store beta program. Or in other words, CCleaner is in beta, but no sideloading is involved.

Participating in the beta program may result in some issues, but the app seems to be rather full featured. The announcement post on the Piriform blog lists everything from optimizing and cleaning, to being able to reclaim storage space. The current feature set breaks down as follows;

  • Optimize – Browser History, Application Cache, Clipboard and more
  • Clean – Call Logs and SMS messages individually, in bulk, by age or by contact
  • Reclaim storage space by quickly removing unwanted applications
  • Monitor your CPU, RAM, storage space and battery levels

There was also a bit of teasing in terms of upcoming features. No timeline was given, not that we would expect one given this is all beta — but here is what CCleaner users have to look forward to seeing with future updates.

  • Process management and RAM cleaning
  • Custom folder cleaning
  • Features for rooted devices

Anyway, gaining access to the beta can be done by following these steps;

1. Visit the CCleaner for Android Google+ page and click the “Join Community” button.
2. Visit the Google Play Store page for the CCleaner app and click the “Become a Tester” button.

From that point you can download and install the app as you would any other.

SOURCE: Piriform

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KISS Photo Bomb app will let you “KISSIFY” your images

We suspect KISS is a band either loved or hated. Those falling into with the former, as KISS lovers, may find some fun with this recently released photo bomb app. Yes, KISS has released an app for Android (and iOS) users. The app is called KISS Photo Bomb and currently available by way of the Google Play Store.

While free, we should point out there are some in-app purchases available. On the free side users will be able to “KISSIFY” their pictures. This includes adding some images of the band, or adding a mask (painted in KISS fashion). Of course, there is also the Gene Simmons tongue included.

The app allows you to use an existing image or a newly captured image and the process is simple and pretty basic. You take the image, then apply the decorations. Those decorations can then be moved around the picture and also resized to better fit. Once finished you can save the image to your device and also share it on your choice of several social networks.

The in-app purchases are all $0.99. There are three options available; a Masks pack, Love pack, and some frames. The app makes for a bit of fun, but we did find things didn’t always line up as expected. Needless to say, a bit of trial and error allowed us to come out with some comical images that we aren’t quite comfortable enough to share here.

Those looking to create some KISSIFIED images will be able to find the app using this Google Play Store link.



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Google Play Newsstand Updated To v3.2 With New My Library Section, Multiple Action Bar Colors, And More [APK Download]

nThe third part in Google’s update troika today is Play Newsstand. This app is getting some subtle changes to organization and not so subtle color tweaks. If you’re anxious to get your hands on the latest version of Google’s news reader, head down below to grab the APK.

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Google has yet to post an updated changelog for this app, but here’s what we’re seeing so far.

  • My News and My Magazines now combined in new My Library section
  • New Read Now category bar is swipeable and auto-hides
  • Action bar changes color for each news category

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The navigation menu is less cluttered now with the My Library section.

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Amazon Appstore offering Sonic CD for free today

Sonic CD

Popular 16-bit title, Sonic CD is now being offered for free via the Amazon Appstore as part of its ‘free app of the day’ promotion. The game costs $2.99 usually, so this is quite a deal on a very popular game. The app costs the same in the Google Play Store as well, so this is probably the best discount you can get right now.

The game made its way to Android via the Play Store back in 2011 and has been available through Amazon’s dedicated Android app hub for quite some time now. This is a retro game as you might have guessed from the screenshots above, but a very fun game nevertheless.

If you haven’t downloaded the Amazon Appstore yet, make sure you do to avail neat offers like these. The app hub offers one popular paid app for free every day and we have seen several other popular titles being offered for free before. You’ll have to be quick though, as the deal won’t last for long.

Source: Amazon Appstore

Via: Android Central

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Best Android games from March 2014


Yesterday we wrapped up the best apps to launch in March. Today we are turning our attention to the games. Gaming on Android has been getting better and better over the last couple years. Every month we see games from big companies and indie developers launch in the Google Play Store. There are so many games being launched that it can be hard to keep track of them all. We’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the best games to launch last month.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter soldier is headed to theaters later this week, but the game is already here. This Gameloft game lets you play as Cap in an action packed adventure. It plays like an MMO where you tap on enemies and order Cap to attack. S.H.I.E.L.D. is also along for the ride with Strike teams that can be called. With great graphics and awesome super-hero fun you can’t go wrong with this game.

Cut the Rope 2


Cut the Rope has been around for, but in March the long-awaited sequel finally launched. So what’s new? Cut the Rope 2 has all new locations, 5 new characters to meet, hats to customize Om Nom, new adventures, and new missions. It’s packed full of new things to discover. If you loved the original you will surely have a blast with Cut the Rope 2.

Dehumanize Your Friends


The Chromecast may not have been built for games, but thanks to some crafty Android developers it can be. Dehumanize Your Friends is like Cards Against Humanity for your phone and TV.. Players use their phone or tablet to choose a card, and then everyone’s choices are displayed on the TV. Modern technology meets card games in a beautiful way.

Flop Fu

Flop Fu 1

Flop Fu is the strange love child between old-school 2D fighter games and the insane QWOP. This fighting game is unlike anything you have ever played. You have two controls: arms/legs and jumping. To win the match you need to flail and flop all over your opponent. It sounds weird, and it is, but you seriously need to play this game.



This great puzzle game comes from the minds at Cartoon Network. Alien globs are brainwashing your friends. It’s your job to save your friends, and the world, with your trusty gadgets. The Goblin-infested brains need to be cleared from puzzle boards by making them explode and pop. With power-ups and gadgets you can improve your chances. Don’t be afraid!

Little Big Adventure

little big adventure ios android

Originally released on PC back in 1994, Little Big Adventure is finally available on Android. You play as Twinsen, a young hero living on Citadel Island on a world under the heel of the dictator Dr. FunFrock. Dr. FunFrock locks you away in an insane asylum. As Twinsen, you’ll need to escape from your cell and discover your incredible destiny as a descendant of a long line of magicians in charge of protecting your planet’s secret.

Quiz Up


If you are a trivia buff this is will quickly become your favorite game. Quiz Up is the world’s largest online trivia game. There are over 200,000 questions across 400 topics to challenge you. If you’re good enough you can even get ranked on the leaderboards among the 10 million other players. The best kind of fun is when you learn something, which makes Quiz Up great.

Smash Hit

Smash Hit screenshot

This is a game that the Hulk would love. The goal? Simply smash as many things as you can. The graphics are beautiful, the scenery is futuristic and gorgeous, and the music is hypnotic and great. It’s your job to destroy all of that with marbles that you ca fling at anything you see. If destruction is your name, Smash Hit is your game.

Star Wars: Assault Team

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Star Wars: Assault Team is a turn-based combat game. Players get to build and customize a team from popular Star Wars characters. After that you can embark on a mission to infiltrate enemy lines, find Wookie resistance, survive ambushes and much more. Improve your character’s skills by training them and deploying special attacks. Any Star Wars fan will love this game.


Threes exclamation gameplay

This game is all about matching numbers. The goal is to match like number (2+2, 4+4, 8+8, etc.) to create the biggest number you can. You move the entire board by swipe up, left, right, and down. When two matching numbers touch they combine into one block. The goal is to create a block that equals 2048. Threes! is one of the more addictive games you will find.

There are many more great games that launched last month, but these are our favorites. What games did you love from March? Let us know below!

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Google Play Movies Updated To v3.1 With Refreshed Slide-Out Navigation Menu, Improved Seeking Behavior, And More [APK Download]

mGoogle Keep isn’t the only app getting an update today – a new version of Play Movies is rolling out as well. This one comes with some UI refinements, news seeking behavior, and a few new settings. You want it? We can help.

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Google has yet to update the changelog, but here’s what we’re seeing so far.

  • Updated slide-out menu with multi-account selection
  • New seeking behavior
  • Closed caption system override setting
  • Closed caption indicator icon on video info page
  • Episode synopsis

If you’re not switching accounts a lot, the new seeking behavior is probably the biggest improvement.

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