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.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
Apr 25, 2018
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.
Google Says YouTube Music and YouTube Premium Now Available
Jun 18, 2018
Google today made its new YouTube Music and YouTube Premium apps and services available in 17 countries. YouTube Music is the new music service that is built around streaming with revised recommendations, playlists, stations, search, new/trending videos, exclusives, and downloads for offline playback to paying subscribers.
Google to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red
Jul 27, 2017
Google plans to shake up its music offering and ad-free video service, according to statements made by Lyor Cohen, the head of Google Play Music. As it stands today, Google Play Music is available to a single person for $10 per month and families for $15 per month.