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Googles 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.

Google to allow Android app developers do A/B testing

We might soon see some changes on the Play Store as Google is believed to be working on improvements on the app listings. This one is expected to allow and help Android app developers to determine the likelihood of people downloading a particular app based on the price, colors, wording, or presentation. However, this particular change would only matter to the developers and not the consumers.

Google intros haptic feedback-friendly ‘Games You Can Feel’

A responsive touchscreen display isn't just enough for a more enjoyable and uninterrupted mobile gaming. Soon, geeks and gamers will demand for haptic feedback technology to arrive on their games and gadgets. Going ahead of other names in the industry, Google has just introduced a new category on Google Play for special haptic feedback-friendly games. Once inside the Google Play Store, you'll see a small collection of games of this sort.

Woman files case against Google for unauthorized charges

Racking up hundreds to thousand of dollars on your mobile phone or data account is not unusual. We've heard of similar situations already since anything is actually vulnerable to security hacks especially if one is not careful. The latest case is that of a California woman who is filing a complaint against Google for its inadequate security. Because of security flaws, her Google Play Store account has been exploited by hackers. The result: thousands of dollars of unauthorized charges.

S Health now available on Google Play Store for Galaxy devices

If you've been using Samsung's S Health app to keep track of your fitness activities and other health-related activities, now you'll be able to update it easily as the OEM has decided to uncouple the app from its own Galaxy Apps Store. You can now also find it on the Google Play Store as well so that any new versions that they will release will find its way faster to your smartphone.
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