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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV console now available at the Play Store

Starting today, graphics and device manufacturer NVIDIA have announced that North American customers can now purchase their NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV directly from the Google Play Store. It took a while for what is currently the world’s most powerful Android device in the market to get to Google’s online portal, but it’s there now.

I/O apps for Project Tango now available in Play Store

At the I/O developer conference in May this year, Google presented to the world the progress with Project Tango. If you don’t know or remember what that is, this is the project to bring 3D mapping and rendering capabilities to tablets and smartphones via an array of cameras installed on a device with robust specs. At Google I/O this year, the mothership showed some apps that gave users some cool things to do with a Tango device. Those apps are now available to all via the Google Play Store.

Affiliate program may be coming soon to the Google Play Store

Monetizing the web isn’t something that most consumers think about, but really, it is a necessity for a lot of online businesses to stay afloat. Since display and pop up ads seem to be the bane of everyone’s existence, they have had to look for other forms of earning online. One of those is affiliate marketing, and companies like Amazon and Apple have “mastered this art”. Google was on it a few years ago, left, and apparently now, they’re looking at going back into the game.

Google Play Movies, Newsstand (paid) rolls out in more countries

While all countries where Android devices are present have Google Play Store available as well, paid content is not accessible to all these countries. But Google is doing their best to slowly expand their reach, working out the kinks and issues that prevent them from making paid content like Music, Movies, Books, etc available in all territories. Yesterday, they announced that three more countries are getting Google Play Movies while four new countries will be able to buy paid content on Google Newsstand.

Google’s new features help developers manage search ads on Play Store

Discoverability on the Google Play Store can sometimes be a pain, especially if your app is similar to or in competition with a lot of other apps. A few months ago, Google gave several developers and app makers the ability to run ads on the search results page in the Play Store itself. And now, they are expanding this with the new Search Ads on Google Play program that will allow more developers and advertisers to run ad campaigns on the store itself and the search results.

My Paid Apps tells you how much you’ve spent and what you spent it on

If we asked you right now how many apps you’ve bought in the past six months, how much you’ve spent all in all, and what those apps exactly are, would you be able to answer us correctly? Well, unless you’re one of those people who keep spreadsheets of all their expenses or you have great memory, you probably would only be able to name 1 or 2 apps. A new app simply called My Paid Apps can help you keep track and remind you that you bought this app you haven’t used lately.

Google Play Store’s free apps now available in Sudan

When Google promised that they are committed to "to helping more people around the globe use technology to communicate, find and create information,” they seem to be doing it one country at a time. Sudan was one of the few countries where the Google Play Store was not yet available, but now you can cross them off the list. Google announced that free games and apps can now be accessed by residents in the North African country.

Mexico, Slovakia, Indonesia receive Play Store carrier billing support

Paying for goods found in the Google Play Store has always been easy and convenient. You only need to enter your credit card information or you can also choose to receive a bill from your carrier. I prefer credit card payment because it's more widely used but some people prefer carrier billing. It actually makes sense because it can be easier to keep track of charges while credit cards can be more easily abused.

Four more countries can now sell apps on Google Play Store

As Google Play Store continues to expand its territory and compete with its rivals specifically Amazon App Store, expect them to add even more countries to their list of those that can sell paid apps on their store. Today, developers from Azerbaijan, Iceland, Peru, and Yemen can now earn money by selling their apps and adding in-app purchases on the Google Play Store.

Razer’s Forge TV console shows up at the Google Play Store

You would think that it being called the Google Play Store, they would specifically offer only Google products, like say – the Nexus Player. But stranger things have happened, and right now we’re seeing Razer’s very own android TV gaming console being sold at the Play Store, even if it (kinda) competes with Google’s own (ASUS-made) Nexus Player.
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