Google to Let Developers Offer Subscription Promos
Google today rolled out new tools that should help developers promote their apps and encourage more user adoption. Most significantly, the Google Play Store is prepared to permit promotional pricing for subscriptions. Developers will be able to set temporary, lower monthly prices so people can test subscriptions before diving all in. Developers can now offer pre-registration to interested end users who can sign up for information and even automatic downloads before an app or game's release. Google says its Early Access beta-testing program has been very successful since launch, and it is encouraging more developers to use the beta program to test their own apps. Google is doing more to highlight the work of indie developers and now allows larger developers to nominate their smaller peers for the Indie Corner showcase. Last, Google is improving the app-refund process by offering developers a new API to help them spot users who've requested refunds. Google hopes these changes will help improve the Play Store for developers and end users alike.
Google to Let Android Users Trial Games from Search
Mar 14, 2016
Google gave developers a handful of new tools to improve the gaming experience for Android device owners. Perhaps the most significant of the new tools is one that will allow people to trial games for up to 10 minutes directly from Google search results.
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.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Mar 19, 2018
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.
Samsung Rolls Out Nougat Test Program for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Nov 10, 2016
Samsung is allowing owners of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to experience an early look at its Nougat builds through the Galaxy Beta Program. The program is meant more for Samsung's benefit than that of end users, as it will use feedback generated by beta users to improve the experience and reliability for all users.