The change is being made so ratings specific to a region do not unfairly impact another. Localized ratings will begin appearing on phones later this year and other devices early next year.
Apple has made it clear that it won't tolerate apps that spread anti-vax misinformation by removing Unjected from its App Store. Google is also cracking down on such apps in the Play Store.
A new app for Android is claimed to be capable of testing the integrity of your smartphone's waterproof sealing even without using any water. The app uses only your phone's barometric pressure sensor.
Google has started notifying developers that they can now enroll in 15% Play Store commissions for earnings less than $1 million in yearly revenue. The formal kickoff date is July 1.
Google unveiled today a preview of a new safety section in Google Play that aims to provide greater transparency around what type of data is collected by an app and how these data are shared.
Google has begun rolling out a refreshed design for the Play Store that replaces the 'My apps & games' page with a simplified 'Manage apps & device' section and support for P2P sharing.
Microsoft's plan to unify the Edge codebase across the desktop, Android, and iOS versions this year has begun to take form with the release of Edge Canary on Android. It runs version 91 with a new UI.
Google has announced that it's reducing the commission Play Store developers have to pay from 30% to 15% for revenue numbers below $1 million. Apple made a similar move late last year.
With Honor now no longer a part of Huawei, the company is reportedly working on a new lineup of devices that support Google Mobile Services for launch in Russia later in the spring.
Google today announced that developers can now submit Android Auto apps to the Play Store for testing them in closed tracks. This is part of the firm's efforts to open the platform to more apps.
Opera for Android 61 has been made available today and it comes with an integrated media player, the WebSnap screenshot tool and an easier to access QR scanner. It's on the Play Store now.
Google has announced a handful of new features making their way to Android devices in time for the holiday season. These include the new Voice Access app and improvements to Nearby Share.
OnePlus has brought its revamped Messages app to the Play Store, currently available on the One Plus 7 and 7T series phones in India. The app helps manage messages using categorization and cards.
Google is updating its Camera Go app which is meant for low-end Android Go devices to add support for Night Mode using burst photography. It will also add HDR processing support to the app.
Google has delayed enforcing its policy of developers using Google Play billing and paying a 30% commission for IAPs until April 2022 in India following backlash from developers in the country.
Google has announced a number of changes for Android developers, with the most notable being the fact that it will be easier for companies to offer their own app stores in Android 12.
Google is looking to update the Play Store guidelines next week and prevent developers from bypassing its billing system for in-app purchases and subscriptions thereby getting its 30% fees.
Google has taken down the Paytm app from Play Store for violating its policies. Play Store prohibits online casinos and other unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting.
Google has detailed the gaming abilities of Chromebooks, boasting of streaming services like Stadia and GeForce NOW. It adds that gaming apps' usage has tripled in the last few months.
Google is working on a massive redesign of the 'My Apps' section of the Play Store that will see it being named to "Manage apps & device." It is also working on P2P sharing for installed apps & games.
After Apple's move to kick Fortnite out of the App Store for violating its payments policy, Google followed suit and booted the game from the Play Store. Epic is now suing the search giant.
Netflix has finally exceeded one billion downloads on the Play Store. It's still way ahead of its competitors Hulu and Prime Video, both of which have less than 500 million installs.
Opera for Android 59 has been made available for download on the Google Play Store. It brings a new online payment API to speed up purchases and improves external app handling in the site settings.
Google is seemingly restoring app update notifications for the Play Store once again after removing the feature back at the beginning of this year. The feature is rolling out as a server-side update.
There's a new update rolling out for the Apple Music app for Android adding support for gapless playback and enhancing Android Auto and music downloads, though performance issues persist.
Google is testing a new 'Free trial & install' button that will allow developers to directly sell subscriptions to Android users. Right now, this feature is only available for selected developers.
Google has removed the viral 'Remove China Apps' app from the Play Store in India for violating guidelines. The app had gained popularity following an anti-China sentiment in the country.
Google is testing a new 'Watch others play' feature in the Play Store for game listings. This section will show a carousel of gameplay videos from YouTube for popular games like PUBG.
The open source graphics editor, Krita, is now available for download from the Play Store, making it available on Android devices for the first time. It can also be installed from there on Chrome OS.
Proton has announced that its VPN service, ProtonVPN, is now available via F-Droid. Aside from the benefits F-Droid brings, Proton will reach more users where the Play Store isn't available.
Opera for Android 58 has been released on the Play Store. The firm said the update is a bit smaller than usual but still comes with some nice improvements which should make browsing a bit better.
Google is improving the filters option on the Play Store by allowing one to further refine the search results based on ratings, Editor's Choice, and new apps. This is a server-side change.
The Google Play Store is rolling out the ability to auto-download games or apps that have been pre-registered by a user, when available. The feature was spotted in a teardown back in January.
A Google Play Store bug is likely causing app updates to appear multiple times for the same app version currently installed, with some redownloading completely, while others directly being installed.
Google has updated some of its policies for Google Play apps, bringing harder restrictions to apps that request location access in the background, deceptive subscription services, and deepfakes.
Google has announced a new section for the Play Store on Android with dedicated apps for children. Additionally, the "Teacher approved" badge will be given to apps that meet certain requirements.
Google has seemingly made its Phone app available to download for select other non-Pixel and non-Android one devices. All Android devices which have a specific shared library can install the app.
Google is seemingly rolling out a new Play Store update that removes the 'Installed' and 'Library' tabs from my My apps & games section to give it a cleaner look. This is a server-side change.
Opera for Android 57 is now available from the Google Play Store. It enhances the Speed Dial feature to make URL bar navigation a bit quicker and extends Web 3 with crypto domain support.
Ustwo games has made Monument Valley 2 completely free to download on the Google Play Store. The game is usually available for $4.99. It is unclear how long this promotional offer will run.