Google Tweaks Play Store Updating Policies
Google has made a small but important update to the language in the Google Play Store's terms and conditions that more clearly prohibits apps from pushing updates outside of the Google Play Store. The move comes in response to recent updates pushed by Facebook that circumvented the Play Store's updating mechanisms. Android device owners are still allowed to install applications from sources other than the Play Store, but apps that are officially distributed through the Play Store must use the Play Store to deliver updates. The new language reads, "An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play's update mechanism." The idea is to protect Android device owners from malicious code.
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 Protect Now Securing Android Devices
Play Protect, a security tool Google announced earlier this year, has made its way to many of today's Android smartphones. Play Protect is a set of features that Google created to keep Android phones safe from malware and other malicious applications.
Google Play Store Update Hitting Android Devices
Google has redesigned the Play Store and is pushing the new version to Android devices this week. The refreshed content store is significantly altered and makes locating apps, games, movies, TV, and music easier on the eyes thanks to new tabs.
Google Brings Standalone Apps to Android Wear 1.0 Hardware
Google this week updated some of its Play Store policies that will improve the availability of apps for older Android-based smartwatches. Specifically, Google has made multi-APK apps available to Android Wear 1.0 devices.
Google Does More to Prevent Play Store Fraud
Google today said it has taken more steps to prevent developers from fraudulently promoting their apps in the Google Play Store. Specifically, the company is pushing new detection and filtering systems so it can spot attempts to manipulate the Play Store as far as app rankings are concerned.
Simpsons Tapped Out
This is a pretty lame change right here, updating that game was also was easy and so painless, took about 5 - 10 seconds during the launch, and you wouldn't have to reset it or anything.