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Users in Russia Cannot Download and Update Paid Apps from the Play Store

Users in Russia Cannot Download and Update Paid Apps from the Play Store

The Russian invasion of Ukraine took a heavy toll on its international trade relations. Several governments have levied sanctions prohibiting business with Russian consumers in a short span. Google, an American enterprise, is no exception.

Google Kept One Million+ Malicious Apps off the Play Store in 2021

Google Kept One Million+ Malicious Apps off the Play Store in 2021

The Android operating system enjoys a large user base with several benefits that rival mobile operating systems like Apple’s iOS lack. This puts the responsibility on Google to keep user data such as credit cards, bank accounts, and biometric data safe. Google shares that it has been rather successful at this.

Google Play Store Enables Donations to Aid Relief in Ukraine

Google Play Store Enables Donations to Aid Relief in Ukraine

The US government levied several sanctions on Russia following its invasion of neighboring country Ukraine, causing Google to withdraw the Google Pay services in the former country. In a move to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine, Google has announced that those interested can contribute to relief efforts in the country through the Google Play Store.

Russian Developers Working on Play Store Alternative Called NashStore

Russian Developers Working on Play Store Alternative Called NashStore

Amid the ongoing war with Ukraine, Russia has faced backlash from the US in the form of several sanctions spanning various industries, including technology. Taking matters into their own hands, an organization of Russian tech developers has announced it will develop an indigenous alternative to the Google Play Store.

Huawei Can’t Launch New Phones with Google Play Store until May 2021

Huawei Can’t Launch New Phones with Google Play Store until May 2021

The US government barred Huawei and ZTE last year from doing any business with US-based firms. This was a massive blow to the companies as they were stopped from launching new phones with GMS (Google Mobile Services) and supply network equipment to US network carriers. Huawei had hoped that the ban would be lifted sometime this year, but that won’t happen until at least mid-2021.

Google Used Machine Learning to Remove Millions of Fake Reviews and Ratings from Play Store

Google Used Machine Learning to Remove Millions of Fake Reviews and Ratings from Play Store

Using human intelligence and machine learning, Google was able to heavily combat spam content and fake reviews on Google Play this year. The company says the effort led to removing millions of reviews and ratings being removed from the Play Store and thousands of malicious apps identified for suspicious reviews in just a week.

Android Users Can Now Donate to Some Charities Directly Through the Play Store

Android Users Can Now Donate to Some Charities Directly Through the Play Store

Up until this point, Google has generally prevented app developers from processing donations to charitable organizations, but that is changing now.

Google May Launch a ‘Play Pass’ Subscription Service for the Play Store

Google May Launch a ‘Play Pass’ Subscription Service for the Play Store

The Play Store on Android devices is the go-to online storefront for millions of people out there looking to get new apps and games on their devices.

Google is Cleaning up the Play Store, Banning Cryptocurrency Mining Apps and Many Others

Google is Cleaning up the Play Store, Banning Cryptocurrency Mining Apps and Many Others

Android has been adopted all over the world, and, seeing as it’s the most popular mobile operating system out there, the Play Store has expanded in size and scope to match.

Google Play Audiobooks Now Available in 45 Countries and 9 Languages

Google Play Audiobooks Now Available in 45 Countries and 9 Languages

Audiobooks have certainly picked up attention over the years, and Google is finally jumping on board the idea.