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Google 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.

Google Play Services 7.3 now out, connect several wearables to one phone

The genius team of Android developers over at Google has just announced the rollout of Google Play services 7.3. This means new tools are ready to be explored and new APIs to be tested. The new version includes the latest Android Wear APIs, better support for optional APIs, improvements on retrieving location and activities of a user, and Google Fit getting more data. Developers of Android apps will greatly benefit from the new APIs and enhancements on Google Play Services but this also means more benefits for the end users--you and me.

Dragon Hills lets the princess destroy the knights

In Dragon Hills, the princess isn't waiting for a brave knight to save her, she is using a dragon to destroy the castle and kill the knights. The game is an action adventure app that follows the princess as she seeks revenge by sliding down hills and jumping in and out of the ground on the back of a dragon.

Google Play for Education program comes to Canada

Google has yet to launch Chrome for Work but the Internet giant has done a lot for education already. There's the Drive for Education made free for students and educators October last year. Even before school started in September, Google Play for Education has added support for tablet sharing between five students. Soon after, it became official on Chromebooks. Google values education. It's not just about work, entertainment, or games. After it went live in 2013, the Google Play for Education program has been helping a lot of people, mostly the education sector not only in the United States but especially in other developing countries.

Servicely kills services automatically to save battery life

I'm sure we have all downloaded some cool apps before only to find that they have services that run in the background constantly and run your battery down. If you want to keep those cool apps, but kill the services to save your battery, Servicely may be the app for you. One big downside to the app for some users is that it requires root access to your device.

LED Music Effect app gives you shiny lights

A new app update has turned up on Google Play that gives you something shiny to look at while you play your favorite music. The app is called LED Music Effect and requires root access to work. The app creates blinking LED lights with three colors while your music plays.

Sick Bricks looks like a Lego game

If you are a fan of the blocky Lego video games, you might get a kick out of a new game called Sick Bricks. This game app has nothing to do with Lego officially, but we will all recognize the blocks as soon as you see the game. The story has players playing as Jack Justice as he tries to return Sick City back to its former glory.

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.
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