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'Bomb Gaza' among controversial games found on Google Play store

The Google Play store is under criticism for recently hosting multiple games centered around the Israel-Gaza war. Apps such as Bomb Gaza and Gaza Assault: Code Red recently appeared on the Android marketplace before eventually being removed today. A...

An Upper Limit For Apps? New Data Suggests Consumers Only Use Around Two Dozen Apps Per Month

2 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

There are now well over a million mobile applications in both Google Play and the iTunes App Store alike, and growth of those app marketplaces shows no sign of slowing down. However, according to new data from Nielsen out this morning,...Show More Summary

Google Play Quarterly App Revenue More Than Doubled Over Past Year, Thanks To Games, Freemium Apps

2 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

How well the Android app marketplace on Google Play is performing is the subject of a new report from recently expanded app analytics firm App Annie, out today ahead of this week’s Google I/O 2014 developer conference. The report indicates...Show More Summary

Researchers uncover widespread security flaw in Google Play apps

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Researchers at Columbia University School of Engineering performing a large-scale measurement study on the Google Play marketplace have revealed crucial security problems, including secret key data stored by developers in their appsShow More Summary

Crucial security problem in Google Play: Thousands of secret keys found in android apps

Researchers have discovered a crucial security problem in Google Play, the official Android app store. The study is the first to make a large-scale measurement of the huge marketplace, using PlayDrone, a tool they developed to circumvent Google security to successfully download Google Play apps and recover their sources.

Confuse Your Friends With All The Hodor They Can Type

The software marketplaces for Google and Apple devices are filled with gimmick apps and arguably, most are not worth the digital space they occupy. Of course, it all depends on what your goals are… say if you want to leave a friend in a state of two-syllable bemusement, then you can clandestinely install Hodor Keyboard on their Android gadget and laugh. A lot. More »      

Google Courts Developers for ‘Modular’ Smartphone Project

Google, with Project Ara, is trying to bring customization to smartphone hardware using a marketplace akin to software app stores. But it needs third-party developers to succeed.

Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too

4 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Android’s position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue. Google’s app marketplace, Google Play, saw 45% more downloads that Apple’s iOS App Store in Q1, according to a new report out this morning from App Annie. However, Apple continues to still be “comfortably ahead”… Read More

A friendly reminder of the benefits of Apple's walled garden

The debate over which app marketplace model is best -- Apple's "walled garden" or Google's much more open approach -- will likely never be settled. For developers who favor the Play Store, the ability to immediately iterate on their apps and fix bugs...

Google Games Store Now Lets You Send Gifts to Other Players

Google announced it will be adding several new features, aimed at users and developers, to its Play Games app marketplace. The new features include virtual gifts, cross-platform support for iOS and new analytics tools for developers....Show More Summary

Google Launches App Store for Docs and Sheets

Google is rolling out an online marketplace for third-party apps on Google Drive, the company announced Thursday. The apps, which Google is calling add-ons, are available to Google Drive users in Docs and Sheets, the free online word-processing...Show More Summary

Flappy Bird Creator is ‘Considering’ Rereleasing the Game

5 months agoTechnology : Walyou

After the popular mobile game Flappy Bird was taken off of the App Store and Google Play Marketplace, the game’s …

Google Expands Apps Partner Programs With Tech Track, Opens Cloud Partner Program To More Businesses

5 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Google’s Apps Marketplace, its directory of cloud apps that integrate with Google Apps, now features over 750 services. Today, at its Global Partner Summit, Google is expanding this program by creating a formal Technology Track in its...Show More Summary

Waze for Windows Phone 8 promises not to drain your battery anymore

6 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

Windows Phone 8 fans got a pleasant surprise when social GPS app Waze arrived on the Marketplace after Google snapped it up. That's why it's such a shame that it caused massive battery drain issues for some users. After months of people airing...

Apple Copyright Complaints Get Android Customization App “Themer” Pulled From Google Play

6 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Themer, the Android customization app from MyColorScreen which last fall raised a half a million in seed funding, has been pulled from the Google Play marketplace following a copyright complaint from Apple in reference to one of the app’s 200-plus available themes. Show More Summary

App Revenue In Asia Grew A Massive 162% In 2013, Driven By Google Play

7 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Over the past two years, Asia has emerged as the world's top marketplace for apps--and it's still growing. Revenue in Asia rose by a massive 162% in 2013, "annihilating" growth in all other continents, according to a new report by Distimo. Furthermore, that increase was fueled in large part by Google Play, where revenue from Asia more than quadrupled in 2013.

Messaging App Line Launches C2C Marketplace Line Mall In Japan

8 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Messaging app Line began the limited rollout of its new C2C e-commerce platform Line Mall today (link to TechCrunch Japan via Google Translate). The app, which is now available for download in Japan's Google Play store, is a sign that...Show More Summary

News App Circa Is One Of The Top Apps Of The Year

Circa managed to charm the keepers of both Apple's and Google's app marketplaces. In addition to releasing some stats about its best-selling apps of 2013, Apple is shining a spotlight on a few apps that stood out from the pack this year--and it chose Circa as one of the best apps in the news category. Show More Summary

Google integrates Apps Marketplace with the suite's admin console

9 months agoTechnology / Hardware : Geek Tech

Google is trying to make it easier for Apps customers to find and deploy third-party applications from the Marketplace store it launched a few years ago. The company has started to surface some of those third-party applications on the...Show More Summary

Google Adds Third-Party Apps To Apps For Business Console

Installing apps for Google Apps For Business via the marketplace has never been especially difficult, but now you have a second option. Google is adding apps to the Admin console as well. More »      

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