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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.

Google launches Designed for Families program for kid-friendly apps

One of the best things that have come up with the rise of the apps is that digital education, and education in general, has become more fun for a whole new generation of digital natives. Google recognizes that there are developers out there that are focused on creating apps that will cater to children and families and they want to give them tools to inspire them more and to help market them as well.

Action Launcher updated to version 3.3, with new goodies

Action Launcher is one of the Android world’s favorite launchers, as evidenced by it being chosen by a number of Android websites as one of the best Material Design apps out there, and one of the best Android launchers your phone can have. Developer Chris Lacy is a very diligent app owner and regularly puts out updates fixing bugs and such. Here we are again with a new update, a new version – Action Launcher 3.3 is out, and it’s bringing some new features your way.

Google to have app ratings based on age, region

In an effort to better serve both developers and users, Google announced that they will be implementing a new app rating system that will be based on age and region, and not a universal standard. "Appropriate" content varies from country/region and age group, and so you cannot hold just one standard for everything, is what Google is saying, and in the next few weeks, this will reflect in all the existing apps in the Google Play Store.

Google Play adds more carrier billing partners in Europe, Asia

Not everyone who wants to buy apps or content on the Internet have credit cards, for one reason or another. Online retail giants have to find a way to reach that segment of the market as well, because they can be profitable as well. Google introduced carrier billing a few years back for their Play Store, and now they are adding a few more countries in Europe and Asia that can let users charge their purchases to their respective participating carriers.

Google Play Store Devices is dead, long live Google Store!

Along with the introduction of the new Chromebook Pixel, Google is also introducing a new way to get that ultrabook along with the rest of its hardware and physical products. Google is now creating a more formal divide between its digital and non-digital items, banishing the latter from its its Google Play Store website. Now, those interested in getting Nexus, Chromebooks, smartwatches, or even Nest will have to go through a new "Google Store" portal made especially for these things.

App Annie adds more countries to Google Play Top Charts

San Francisco-based analyst firm`and business intelligence company App Annie recently started to track the top ranking apps across more markets and regions. The company has been tracking the app ecosystem but the mobile industry continues to grow not only in the US but also in other countries. Emerging markets today are showing drastic changes and rapid increase in app downloads.

Google update spree: Play Store, Hangouts, Drive

MWC 2015 isn't enough to keep Google from doing its weekly update duties and this week, we're getting a taste of quite a few big ones. And now, this time it isn't just about Material Design, but the changes do improve on the overall user experience as well as the user interface of some apps. Play Store gets a new and better landscape layout, Hangouts gets a new contact card format, and Drive adds drag and drop organization on mobile.

Google Play hosts 3rd Birthday Sale

Someone...err, something is turning a year older. It's Google Play's 3rd birthday and Google wants us to join the celebration by holding a special sale for all the Android lovers. Google has recently marked down prices on a few movies, apps, games, music, books, and TV shows on Play Store. Most premium apps are now available for as low as $0.10. The Internet giant definitely knows that Android fans are suckers for free or discounted apps and other stuff so it's hosting this special sale.

Google pilot tests mobile app ads in Play Store

With more than one billion people now using Android devices, being an app developer can be heavenly at this point, until you see that there are also over one million apps clamoring for mobile users' attention in the Google Play Store. While Google has offered a lot of tips and tricks on how to get discovered among the many apps out there, it is still only now that they're experimenting with bringing mobile app ads in search results to the Play Store.
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