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  • Google Play to sell music in the UK from 13 November
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    Google Play to sell music in the UK from 13 November

    By 29 October 2012

    Google is to start selling music on its Google Play Store, providing an iTunes equivalent for Android devices, in the UK and Europe. From 13 November, customers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to buy tracks direct from their Android...

  • Thousands of Android apps fail to protect personal data, say scientists
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    Thousands of Android apps fail to protect personal data, say scientists

    By 23 October 2012

    Millions of Android users are susceptible to having their personal data accessed due to lack of protection, scientists have revealed. The BBC reports that more than 13,500 Android apps were tested, with nearly eight per cent failing to protect users’...

  • Google Play: 25 billion downloads reached, celebrations to include massive discounts
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    Google Play: 25 billion downloads reached, celebrations to include massive discounts

    By 26 September 2012

    Google Play has hit something of a milestone: it has now surpassed 25 billion downloads of Android apps, video, music and other media files. And to celebrate, the company is planning to release a week's worth of massive discounts on applications from...

  • Starbucks app on Android arrives for UK caffeine addicts
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    Starbucks app on Android arrives for UK caffeine addicts

    By 11 July 2012

    Coffee addicts up and down the country can now pay for their vanilla decaf skinny latte, with double whipped cream by simply having a barcode on their Android smart phone scanned by the cashier. The app is now available to download from the Google Play...

  • VLC Beta video player app available to download for Android
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    VLC Beta video player app available to download for Android

    By 2 July 2012

    Android users can now download a beta version of VLC, the media player that can play almost any video file, audio file or stream you throw at it. Though the current beta version will work only with devices that house at the very least an ARMv7 CPU that...

  • Google Play on the Nexus 7: Features explained
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    Google Play on the Nexus 7: Features explained

    By 28 June 2012

    The price point of the Nexus 7 tablet is so low that it leaves plenty of money in your pocket for spending elsewhere. Google wants you to pour these pennies into its revamped Google Play store, which has features embedded deep into every aspect of Jelly...

  • Spotify Radio comes to iPhone and iPad
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    Spotify Radio comes to iPhone and iPad

    By 19 June 2012

    Spotify has said that it will be updating its iOS app, bringing with it a new radio feature that will let subscribers use the app to stream tunes to their Apple device without having to pick more than the first tune. Users will be able to create their...

  • Spotify for Android rivals iPhone version thanks to facelift and added features
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    Spotify for Android rivals iPhone version thanks to facelift and added features

    By 12 June 2012

    Android users can now download an updated version of Spotify, after its arrival in the Google Play app store. Following a beta trial, the app has now been revamped to include playlist folder support and Last.fm scrobbling. Spotifiers can also control...

  • Google Play introduces In-App Subscriptions for Android applications
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    Google Play introduces In-App Subscriptions for Android applications

    By 25 May 2012

    Google has now made it possible for app developers to create subscription-based applications for the Play Store. The move could have a significant effect on the way consumers purchase games, TVs and magazines in particular, with a monthly subscription...

  • Universal 100 app brings movies to life thanks to Aurasma
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    Universal 100 app brings movies to life thanks to Aurasma

    By 23 April 2012

    Aurasma has teamed up with Universal Pictures to bring DVD and Blu-ray sleeves to life. The Universal 100 app uses Aurasma’s virtual reality technology to recreate scenes from some of the studio's most famous movies. Once downloaded you can point your...

  • Google Play added to Google Nav bar
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    Google Play added to Google Nav bar

    By 27 March 2012

    Google Play, the search engines newly renamed web store, has been added to the black Google Nav bar that appears at the top of all Google webpages. The new entry, which is accompanied by a bright red "new" badge, means users visiting any of Google's sites...

  • How to build a chart-topping app game
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    How to build a chart-topping app game

    By 20 March 2012

    The app store is a peculiar place. Capable of catapulting even the most unlikely application to astronomical download numbers overnight, it is unlike a lot of the rest of the tech sector; a place where anyone has a chance. Some simply do strike it lucky....

  • Google Play: The new name for Android Market
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    Google Play: The new name for Android Market

    By 6 March 2012

    From today, you'll no longer download apps from the Android Market, but instead, from Google Play. Over the next few days the firm will push out an update to Android handsets that changes the name of the app you were using. This might confuse some, especially...

  • Android app size limit boosted to 4GB
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    Android app size limit boosted to 4GB

    By 6 March 2012

    Apps in the Android Market are no longer limited to a paltry 50MB as an extra 4GB is now afforded to developers of the platform. APK files still have a 50MB limit but there is now an allowance for an app to have two expansion files, each one up to 2GB,...

  • Rebel Android Market ready to house naughty apps
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    Rebel Android Market ready to house naughty apps

    By 23 January 2012

    A rebel Android developer, part of the CyanogenMod team and the creator of ClockworkMod, Koushik Dutta, is working on an alternative Android Market; one that will host the types of apps that have been banned from Google’s official portfolio. We're not...

  • Android Market hits 400,000 apps
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    Android Market hits 400,000 apps

    By 4 January 2012

    Google's Android Market now sports over 400,000 available applications, with almost two thirds of those being available for free. And it's rapidly catching Apple's iTunes App Store, which topped the 400,000 mark (for iPhone) back in June last year. Data...

  • New Android Market finally lands in UK
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    New Android Market finally lands in UK

    By 25 August 2011

    We’ve been waiting for it to land on Android phones in the UK for over a month, and finally we have the official over the air update for the Android Market on the Samsung Galaxy S. The roll-out in the US got underway at the end of July, and now it looks...

  • Updated Android Market now available
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    Updated Android Market now available

    By 28 July 2011

    The all-new Android Market that was announced by Google earlier this month has begun rolling-out to devices in the US. The revamped app store (not to be confused with the App Store) is designed to allow easier browsing and navigation through the hundreds...

  • New Android Market hands-on
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    New Android Market hands-on

    By 15 July 2011

    The new Android Market was announced and demoed by Google a couple of days ago and rather than sit and twiddle our thumbs waiting for it to be pushed out to us, we decided to head out and download version 3.0.26 to give it a preview play. Of course, bear...

  • Android Market updated, adds movies and books for US users
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    Android Market updated, adds movies and books for US users

    By 12 July 2011

    Google has introduced a new look to its Android Market, hoping to allow easier browsing and navigation through the hundreds of thousands of Android apps available, as well as, offering “new ways to find great applications and games, purchase books,...

  • Android download total passes 4.5 billion
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    Android download total passes 4.5 billion

    By 30 June 2011

    Android downloads have passed the 4.5 billion figure - up 3.5 billion compared to this time last year. The boom in Android popularity is highlighted by the fact the last billion downloads occurred in just 60 days. Speaking at the launch of Google's "Sites...

  • Google spring cleaning brings improved Android Market and Chrome Web Store
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    Google spring cleaning brings improved Android Market and Chrome Web Store

    By 12 May 2011

    With all the big announcements over in San Francisco at Google I/O, there's a couple of little stories of note that have gone slightly unnoticed. Included in that group is the fact that Google has had a bit of a spring clean for its app portfolio houses...

  • Google wants to entertain as Google Movies and Music Beta by Google go live
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    Google wants to entertain as Google Movies and Music Beta by Google go live

    By 10 May 2011

    Google has announced that it will be offering users the ability to stream movies from the Android Market in the US - from either a web browser on a PC, or on your phone or tablet. Movies will vary in price, starting from $1.99 and users will be able to...

  • Android Market to overtake Apple App Store by August
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    Android Market to overtake Apple App Store by August

    By 6 May 2011

    The Android Market is on course to overtake Apple's App Store in terms of the number of apps on offer by August. The prediction comes from analysts Research2Guidance who has been tracking the amount of apps added to the respective portfolios over the...

  • Apple dominate app market worth $3.8 billion
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    Apple dominate app market worth $3.8 billion

    By 5 May 2011

    If you needed proof that we're an trigger 'appy world then just take a look at the figures produced by technology analyst iSuppli. It has revealed that app revenues (for Apple, Google, Nokia and RIM) between 2008 and 2010 rose from $206.1 million to $2.1...