Back at Google I/O this year, Google announced Play Protect — a rebrand of the company’s security offerings to help safeguard Android devices from malware and malicious apps. Starting from today, Google is rolling out its Play Protect home screen to all Android devices running the latest version of Google Play Services.
Finding new content can be tough, especially when there are not only so many apps and games out there, but so many great ones, too.
Most Google-branded phones, including the Pixel and the Pixel XL, come with built-in data saving features to help users cut down on mobile data. This feature is also found on the Google Chrome desktop browser as well as a handful of smartphones with stock Android. The company is now testing a new app called “Triangle” in the Philippines, which gives users additional control over their data usage by allowing them to restrict data to certain apps and also keep an eye on apps that eat up too much data.
Google has updated the Play Store to version 8.0, which brings one crucial cosmetic tweak on board. With this update, users will be able to find the changelog of a particular app right on the update screen, letting them know of any small or major changes made to the app right there.
Google today announced its first store-wide summer sale on the Play Store. The sale will see the price of many popular games and apps dropping down to $0.99 or down by 80% of their regular price, with popular movie rental prices also dropping to a dollar.
Google recently revamped its Editors’ Choice section on the Google Play Store, and today, it is adding a new ‘Android Excellence’ collection to it. This will be a new collection of apps and games hand-picked by Google offering an incredible user experience by following the best practices recommended by Google, localisation, and more.
Google Has Finally Fixed Broken Trusted Places Functionality in Smart Lock with Google Play Services v11
With Marshmallow, Google debuted the handy Smart lock feature that automatically keeps your phone unlocked in a variety of secure scenarios including when you are in a ‘Trusted Place.’ However, the Trusted Place functionality in Smart Lock has been broken for the better part of this year now, with users complaining that their device got locked even after setting up their location as a trusted place.
Google has started rolling out a new version of the Play Store app that comes with a new app icon. The redesign is not as drastic as one would expect. Google is simply dropping the iconic shopping bag from the Play Store logo.
After launching the Google Play Music store in India in September last year, Google is finally launching its Play Music All Access music streaming service in the country. At only Rs 89 per month, the streaming service is among the cheapest in the country.
Recent changes to the Google Play Store policies mean that developers can now temporarily list their apps as free on the Play Store. Many developers have been taking advantage of this new rule from Google to better promote their apps. And now to promote their apps and ensure that users don’t miss out on great deals, Google has added a ‘Free App of the Week’ section to the Play Store.