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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.

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.
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