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Amazon app axed from Play Store, returns as shopping-only app

If you praised the Amazon overlords for pooling almost all their retail offers, both physical and digital, into a single Android app, you might start hurling profanities at this latest development. Though you might be hurling them at the wrong people. Amazon's revamped Appstore was apparently removed from Google Play Store because Google subtly changed one of its criteria for allowing apps on Google Play Store. Now the Amazon app has returned, sans the ability to buy apps and games.

Hangouts update: more creative interactions, suggestions

Text messaging is so early 2000s. These days, it's all about free messaging apps on your smartphones. With the popularity of such services as Viber, Whats App, LINE, Messenger and the likes, people are finding it more exciting to exchange messages with loved ones through these rather than the boring, simplistic SMS. Hangouts has been another popular messaging app, but some find it a little too staid or boring. But a new update aims to change that impression with new features that will make your interactions more exciting.

Live Channels app for Android TV listed but empty

Android TV has been around for some time and it still continues to impress people with new things. Just recently, a new app for Android TV popped up on the Google Play Store. The app is currently listed but it seems there is no content available at all. Google could just be teasing us Android fans about getting 'live TV' or maybe it was just an honest mistake. Whatever it is, we know about Google's plans --or not.

Android Wear faces gets official API and Play Store corner

This is probably that day that many smartwatch users and designers have been waiting for. After asking developers and designers to hold off from flooding the market with watch faces, Google has finally opened the floodgates for Android Wear watch faces. Today's update not only brings official support to your smartwatch, it provides watch face makers the proper API to use to create their masterpiece. Watch faces even get their own corner in Google Play Store!

Google talks faster mobile search

When we search for things on mobile devices, we want the search to be complete as fast as possible. Google has announced that it has improved the speed of its mobile search, but you may not notice the increase. Google says mobile search is now 100-150 milliseconds faster.

Project Ara gives fans a sneak peek of Spiral 2 prototype PCB

With the Project Ara Module Developers Conference coming up early in 2015, Google is hyping up interest in Project Ara – the popular modular smartphone project. It should be known to Google that a number of competitors in modular smartphone development have come up, and the conference should be a great boost for them. With that in mind, here comes a sneak peek of Project Ara’s Spiral 2 prototype PCB.

Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey add more purchase options for Google Play Store

As Android devices continue to dominate most markets, particularly outside the United States, app downloading from the Google Play Store continues to rise as well. But sometimes, for countries where credit cards aren't the norm, actually buying apps is still a problem. Google has been helping some regions get around this stumbling block by offering other payment options, and now Indonesia, South Korea, and Turkey are three countries included in their list.
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