Google Play Store Reviews Linked to Google+ Profile
Google is no longer permitting anonymous reviews of applications and other content in the Google Play Store. Beginning today, users who choose to review apps must sign in and use their Google+ profile, which includes the user's name and profile image. Google has recently made a similar change with reviews of YouTube videos. Google hopes the move will make Play Store reviews more useful to those weighing whether or not to make purchases. It also demonstrates that Google is not giving up on its social network, which has spread its tendrils across Google services. Google+ and Google Play are included on most new Android devices.
Google to Automatically Translate Local Reviews
Google today said travelers will have access to a wider range of local reviews thanks to new translation features. Moving forward, Google said it will automatically translate reviews of restaurants, theaters, and other locations into the language you’ve set on your device.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Google today announced several changes to the Google Play Store and Google Play Games apps that should entice Android device owners to check out the latest games. A new feature called Google Instant Play lets people tap and try games directly in the Google Play Store and Google Play Games app without first downloading the game.
Google Play Books Turns On Recommendations Engine
Google today launched a new "Discover" tool within its Google Play Books app and service. Google says the tool is meant to help people find new books based on their interests and what's popular around the web.
Google Debuts Family Library for Play Store Purchases
Google today introduced the Google Play Family Library, which allows a single account holder to share purchases with up to six family members. Google says eligible app, game, movie, TV show, and book purchases from the Play Store can be shared across Android and iOS devices, as well as the web with no additional sign-up fee.