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Google bans apps with notification-style ads from the Play Store

Google is banning apps which place ads in the Android notification bar from the Google Play Store. That’s just one of the changes in the latest Google Play Developer Program policy update — but it’s one that could pretty much put at least one company out of business. Airpush is an ad network which specializes […]

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Lilbits (8-06-2013): Ubuntu Edge, XBMC, and Firefox 23

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth and friends have been working to bring the open source operating system to smartphones and tablets. And last month they introduced a side-project, a phone called the Ubuntu Edge which would dual boot Android and Ubuntu and work both as a phone and a desktop computer (when docked to a mouse, […]

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Google Play app and media store overhauled with cleaner new look

Google is rolling out an updated version of the Play Store to Android phone and tablet users. The new version has a simpler look and a design that emphasizes the different types of content available and makes it easy to find the section you want from the front page. According to Google, the new Play […]

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Facebook pushes Android update to enable silent updates (bypassing the Play Store)

Facebook appears to be doing an end run around the Google by pushing an update to the social network’s open app to Android users today… and the update isn’t coming from the Google Play Store. The Facebook app on your phone downloads the update automatically and then beeps or vibrates incessantly until you install it (or uninstall […]

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Moon+ Reader booted from Google Play Store due to questionable piracy claims

Moon+ Reader is a versatile eBook reader for Android which has a customizable user interface, support for a wide range of eBook file formats, an option to sync bookmarks and your last read position across devices using Dropbox, and many other features. It’s one of  the most popular eBook apps available for Android… and this […]

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Google Play Store updates: Wishlist, clean up “my apps,” install Google Calendar manually

Google is rolling out a series of updates to the Play Store, including tools that make it easier easier to manage your apps on an Android device. Clean up “My Apps” First up is the ability to remove apps from the “My Apps” section. This is a feature that’s been sorely missing for a long […]

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Google celebrates 25 billion Play Store downloads with 25 cent sale

Google will run 5-day, 25 cent sale in the Google Play Store starting this week. The promotion celebrates the fact that users have downloaded 25 billion apps, songs, books, and other digital items from the Play Store. The company also says the Play Store now has 675 thousand apps and games, which is pretty close […]

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Installing Google Play Store on the rooted Kindle Fire HD

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD  7 inch tablet comes with access to tens of thousands of apps from Amazon’s Appstore for Android. But there are more than 600,000 apps available in the Google Play Store for other Android phones or tablets. While Amazon’s tablet doesn’t come with access to the Play Store, it turns out you […]