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Google adds more countries for carrier billing and Play Card

Since a lot of people are expected to buy smartphones and tablets this coming Christmas season, it's important for Google to have as many payment options as possible for those who want to purchase apps and games. There is still a huge segment of the market that don't have credit cards, so other options should be available. The tech giant has added even more carriers and countries to their growing list where users can use their carrier and Google Play Cards to purchase digital content.

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.

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.

Raccoon is a desktop downloader for Google Play Store apps

There are quite a few ways to run an Android app. We run it normally via our Android devices, but we can also sideload apps via a number of environments friendly to Android apps, such as the Chrome environment or a Bluestacks Android emulator. But the only way to download an app is through the Google Play Store, which is of course installed on an Android device. Not anymore – the Raccoon Google Play Desktop Client will allow you to do just that.

Google names Best Android Apps of 2014

We still have a few more weeks before Year 2014 draws to a close but Google has already named the Best Android Apps for the past 12 months. Among the more than one million apps available for download from the Google Play Store, the Internet giant highlighted more than 70 apps from different categories: Productivity, Education, Entertainment, Travel, Social, Personalization, Shopping, Sports & Fitness, Photography, Music & Audio, and News.

Tribal Wars 2 arrives on Android, multi-platform strategy game

After being announced in January 2014, Tribal Wars 2 finally arrives on Android as a multi-device, cross platform strategy gaming app. With the landslide success of “Clash of Clans” a lot more developers are willing to develop cross-platform games, and InnoGames is betting on Tribal Wars 2 to be an exciting Android gaming prospect.

RPG standout The Witcher arrives on Android as board game

The app is called “The Witcher Adventure Game” and it is a digitized version of the board game based on the standout RPG game made by CD Projekt Red. It’s a multiplayer game that allows you play as one of four heroes who wander around the game territory, battling monsters, and gaining experience and glory. Sounds fun right?

Peter Molyneux’s Godus now on Android, all you mortals despair

Peter Molyneux, one of the preeminent British game designers of our day, has received a lot of deserved recognition for another one of his “play god” games – this most recent called “Godus”. The game has spent a lot of time on Steam and iOS, but now it’s finally out on Android.

Xiaomi’s App Store marks 10B downloads, set to go international

China-based manufacturer Xiaomi is on a real high these days after the announcement that they have surpassed Samsung as the manufacturer with the third largest shipping volume in Q3 of 2014. To cap that off, Xiaomi’s app market – the Mi App Store – is celebrating its 10 billionth download and the outfit is planning to go international with the store.
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