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Report: Verizon Will Launch an App Store to Challenge Google Play (Update: Verizon Says No)

Report: Verizon Will Launch an App Store to Challenge Google Play (Update: Verizon Says No)

Verizon is going to launch its own app store in an effort to compete with the Google Play Store on Android devices, claims a report from The Information. The new store will be available globally and is the result of a partnership with other carriers and hardware makers, says the report. In 2010, Verizon Wireless launched a ...

Amazon Launches ‘Amazon Wallet’, a New Mobile Wallet App

Amazon Launches ‘Amazon Wallet’, a New Mobile Wallet App

Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile payments or the ...

Google Play for Education is Now Available on Chromebooks

Google Play for Education is Now Available on Chromebooks

Last November, Google launched Google Play for Education, a portal for teachers and schools to more easily buy Android apps, books and educational YouTube video, and distribute them to their students. At the time, the program was solely focused on tablets, but starting Thursday, the team also launched support for ...

Google Play Now Lets You Pay via PayPal

Google Play Now Lets You Pay via PayPal

Google expanded the payment options for the Google Play Store on Android devices on Thursday. In addition to a credit or debit card, billing to a carrier, or using a gift card, users can now purchase apps, books, songs, TV shows, and movies from the Google Play Store with a PayPal account. In-app purchases can also be ...

Google Launches Standalone Camera App in Google Play

Google Launches Standalone Camera App in Google Play

Google has just launched its own Camera app in the Play Store. Simply called Google Camera, the app looks a bit different from the camera software currently shipping in Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has made a number of improvements and refinements here, introducing a much cleaner interface "that gets out of your way" with a ...

Android is Closing the App Revenue Gap Against iOS

Android is Closing the App Revenue Gap Against iOS

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, ...

Android Will Now Routinely Scan Your Apps to Check for Malware

Android Will Now Routinely Scan Your Apps to Check for Malware

Google is making a change to its Android security systems on Thursday that is meant to ensure that users who install apps from outside of the Google Play store are a bit safer from malicious apps. Currently, Android users can have Google scan their apps for malicious code at the time of installation. Going forward, Google ...

Android Apps ‘Songs’ and ‘Prized’ Secretly Use Your Phoen to Mine Cryptocurrency

Android Apps ‘Songs’ and ‘Prized’ Secretly Use Your Phoen to Mine Cryptocurrency

Researchers said they have uncovered two apps that were downloaded from the official Google Play market more than one million times that use Android devices to mine the Litecoin and Dogecoin cryptocurrencies without explicitly informing end users. According to a blog post published Tuesday by a researcher from antivirus ...

Google Play’s ‘Game Gifts’ Lets You Send In-Game Items to Friends

Google Play’s ‘Game Gifts’ Lets You Send In-Game Items to Friends

Google took a big step over the weekend to address problems with in-game purchases, but that's not all that the company has in store for game developers this week. As the annual Game Developers Conference kicks off at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Google has announced several improvements to Play Games on Monday that ...

Google Play Now Lets You Better Restrict In-App Purchases

Google Play Now Lets You Better Restrict In-App Purchases

Google has just started rolling out an update to the Play Store app on Android that, among other things, now offers more fine-grained control when making purchases. This change could very well be related to the class action suit that the company is now facing. Early this week, Google was hit with a class action suit over ...