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Google Play now has a Free App of the Week system

To encourage more people to use the Google Play Store and maybe stop them from going to their default app stores like Samsung, Amazon, etc, Google has now started offering a free "app of the week". These apps may range from anything from a game to a launcher to a productivity app, all of which were previously paid but will be offered for free for a week. While it still doesn't top Amazon's free app of the day, anything offered for free is very much welcome for mobile users.

Google Play now shows “Family” Category

One of the new things Google presented during the recent developer conference was the "Family star” icon. It's one way to improve app discovery and give the parents peace of mind. The new Family category for Google Play means all apps and games are suited for the ages of the children.

AppHunt helps you discover new and trending apps

Finding apps should be easy but it's not the always the case in Google Play Store Well, Google is already working on improving app discovery by adding more tools and adding the family star icon for parents of your children. For those who like reviews and ratings first before downloading an app, AppHunt is for you. The app is a collection of curated list of apps. It's updated in real time, showing apps that have been selected and voted as the best by an online community of Android users.

Google’s new app rating system now live on web, mobile

A few months back, Google told developers that there will now be a new app rating system, based on which region you submitted the app to. The questionnaire that they submitted will be reviewed by the appropriate body and then the app will be given a rating, depending on the standards of that region. Now that rating system has gone live, on the web version, and is still rolling out to the mobile version of Google Play Store.

Google improves app discovery, intros “Family star” icon

Admit it or not, searching for a particular app on the Google Play Store can be frustrating at times. You search for "App X" and it won't come up on top of the search results. You think Google should know better but it's not the case as app search isn't a priority and there are too many apps. With now one billion active users every single day and with almost 50 billion installs over the past year, Google wants to improve and help developers be discovered. Announced during the Google I/O 2015 keynote, more tools will be added to help devs like developer profile pages as landing pages.

Get free first episodes of 12 Comedy Central shows on Google Play

Are you tired of all the dark, violent, heavy TV shows that you've been watching lately on HBO, AMC, and even network TV? So maybe it's time for a little laughter and levity in your video watching life. Comedy Central is giving you a chance to sample 12 of their exclusive shows by offering their first episodes for free on Google Play (US only). This will let you determine if you'd watch the rest of the shows' other episodes and other seasons, which are on sale as well.

Raccoon APK downloader gets a new release, UI tweaks

The Google Play Store, as much as some will hate to admit it, makes it easier for Android users to search for apps and install them – because that’s what it’s for. Some people may argue to a point on which apps appear first on any given search string, but truth be told, the Google Play Store does what it should be doing. But for people who need to download the individual installers – APK files – for one reason or another, there’s Raccoon APK downloader, and it’s getting a new release.

Mad Men retrospective brought to you by Lionsgate and Google Play

It's less than a week until one of the most critically-acclaimed dramas on network television finally comes to an end after seven seasons on air, and to commemorate it, Lionsgate and Google Play have teamed up to bring you the ultimate Mad Men digital retrospective. It contains a lot of never-before seen materials, as well as the ultimate multi-media stuff to prepare you for the series finale airing this Sunday on AMC.

Android devs add pre-register feature to Google Play

Software and game developers usually announce upcoming apps to build hype and attract future downloaders. Most games in the Google Play Store start that way, making gamers and geeks excited over the release of a new title. Some people want to be ahead of others by getting the app first even if just the beta version. Good thing Google now allows developers to add the option to pre-register for apps yet to be launched.
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