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 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 Optimizes Play Store Web Site for Mobile Devices
Google recently published a mobile-friendly version of the Play Store web site. Now that it is optimized for devices with small screens, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone users alike can surf the Play Store.
Google Updates A Slew of Android Apps
Google has pushed out minor updates to a handful of its own applications in the last several days. To start, the Google Play Store itself was updated today.
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.
Google Adds Phone and Contacts Apps to Play Store
Google has made the stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow phone and contact applications available via the Play Store. The move is the latest in a series that has seen Google pull core apps out of the overall Android platform so it can update them individually and more frequently through the store.
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.