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Purchase Google digital content in India through pre-paid vouchers

Not everyone is keen on having a credit card, but the more digital we become, it is becoming more and more necessary to have a form of payment other than cash so you will be able to purchase digital content. Google has worked around the no credit card problem by offering prepaid vouchers so you will be able to buy anything from the Google Play ecosystem. The latest country to have the privilege of using this voucher to pay for their Google content is India.

Google Play now shows “Family” Category

One of the new things Google presented during the recent developer conference was the "Family star” icon. It's one way to improve app discovery and give the parents peace of mind. The new Family category for Google Play means all apps and games are suited for the ages of the children.

Philips Dictation Recorder app updated with secure send feature

Sometimes it is much easier to record a voice note when you need to jot down something than it is to write or type it out. It can also be much more convenient during a meeting in the professional world to simply record the meeting via a dictation app or recorder than it is to try to write down everything that is said in the meeting.

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.
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