• Google says its hidden app menu button is a bug that will be fixed

    1 month ago - By MobileSyrup

    The hidden app menu button that was discovered on the second-generation Pixels is a bug, according to Google. The feature, discovered by Android Police , is an invisible button located to the far right of the virtual navigation buttons that, in some apps, automatically pops up the menu - a call back to the menu buttons of early Android. Hidden Google Pixel 2 menu button is pretty useful for Google Chrome pic.twitter.com/gO8NM8fTIu - Rose Behar October 18, 2017 Through MobileSyrup ‘s own testing, we found a number apps supported the hidden menu button, including Google apps like Chrome...
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  • Samsung Gear 360 Owners Can Now Edit Videos Using V360 App

    Samsung Gear 360 Owners Can Now Edit Videos Using V360 App

    1 month ago - By Android Headlines

    Samsung Gear 360 owners can now edit videos using the V360 app by way of a new partnership between Samsung and V360, which the companies announced during yesterday's Samsung Developer Conference 2017. The new partnership allows those with a Gear 360 to access their camera and all stored footage using the new application right from their mobile device, which V360 notes has been made possible thanks to the Samsung Gear 360 SDK, which allows developers open access to integrate their products and services with Samsung's 360-degree camera.
    The V360 app is not technically available for use with...
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  • Instant Apps are now easier to find in the Google Play Store with new ‘Try Now' button

    1 month ago - By AndroidPhoneFans

    Instant Apps are now easier than ever to find on the Google Play Store thanks to a new Try Now button. See the current list for yourself right here.
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  • Google Rolling Out New Features For Play Store And Console

    1 month ago - By Android Headlines

    Google has revealed a number of new features for the Google Play Store and its developer-friendly Play Console that should help Android app developers to better track, market, and monetize their apps. These new features are announced amid Google's annual Playtime series, which is comprised of live and online events where developers can speak out about successful strategies and other aspects of the business that could help other developers. This large-scale developer advocacy effort is designed not only to help developers get the most out of their apps and games, but to help users get the...
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  • Google Play Store now lets you try out apps before downloading - CNET

    1 month ago - By CNET

    You can now try out select Android apps without downloading them first.
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  • Sockbot Malware Infiltrates Play Store, Builds Botnet

    Sockbot Malware Infiltrates Play Store, Builds Botnet

    1 month ago - By Android Headlines

    Malware on the Google Play Store can be both common and devastating despite Google's best efforts to secure it, and the Sockbot malware, one that was found in 8 different apps and can add a user's device to a botnet, is the latest example. The apps that the malware found its way into have managed to give it a combined user base of between 600,000 and 2.6 million users, according to Symantec's estimates. All of the apps in question were skin apps for Minecraft Pocket Edition, and they have been removed. Activity in regards to this particular malware seems to be spread across the United...
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  • Google offers bug bounty to clean up mobile apps

    1 month ago - By Reuters

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google is offering security experts a bounty to identify Android app flaws as the Alphabet Inc unit seeks to wipe out bugs from its Google Play store.
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  • Facebook's Instant Games developers can now make money off users

    Facebook's Instant Games developers can now make money off users

    1 month ago - By The Verge

    Facebook launched a new gaming platform earlier this year called Instant Games. Today the company's giving developers the option to monetize those games through in-app purchases and video ads. The ads will initially roll out as a test through select developers and in certain games, like Blackstorm's Everwing and FRVR's Basketball FRVR .
    Facebook says developers will eventually have access to additional measurement and ad optimization tools. Clearly, giving developers a way to make money off their games incentivizes them to create more games. I'm not sure Facebook will ever relive its...
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  • Google Improves Visibility of Instant Apps with 'Try It Now' Button

    Google Improves Visibility of Instant Apps with 'Try It Now' Button

    1 month ago - By Phone Scoop

    Google today outlined a number of improvements it has made to the Play Store in order to help both consumers and developers make the most of Android apps and games. The most significant user-facing change is the addition of a "Try It Now" button that accompanies Instant Apps in the Play Store. This allows people to jump right into the app for sampling purposes without downloading or installing the full application. The idea is to give people a taste of what the app or game delivers without requiring them to download or pay for it right away. Google believes this will boost download numbers...
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  • Google Play Store Launches Bug Bounty Program to Protect Popular Android Apps

    1 month ago - By The Hacker News

    Better late than never.
    Google has finally launched a bug bounty program for Android apps on Google Play Store, inviting security researchers to find and report vulnerabilities in some of the most popular Android apps.
    Dubbed "Google Play Security Reward," the bug bounty program offers security researchers to work directly with Android app developers to find and fix vulnerabilities in their
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  • Android Pay Now Supported By 34 New Card Issuers In The US

    1 month ago - By Android Headlines

    Android Pay recently expanded its availability to 34 new card issuers in the United States, with Google growing its mobile payments ecosystem on yet another occasion this year, just over two weeks after its latest such move. As is usually the case with Android Pay expansions, this one appears to be somewhat comprehensive in terms of states from which the newly supported banks and credit unions originate, including institutions like the Community Point Bank from Kentucky, Civista Bank and the Riverview Credit Union from Ohio, First Bank Financial Centre from Wisconsin, and the Metabank from...
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  • Google Play Store's Nested Tabs Rolling Out To More Users

    Google Play Store's Nested Tabs Rolling Out To More Users

    1 month ago - By Android Headlines

    Google's Play Store has been rolling out a new nested tab interface to a limited subset of users on a testing basis, and it seems that the feature is now going to be making its way to a wider demographic, as suggested by recent reports. The interface change puts nested tabs underneath the category listings for the Play Store. Each category has its own set of tabs that present different types of results. The design tweak actually violates Material Design guidelines in that it puts a set of tabbed content underneath a tab. The fact that such a change passed testing and is now starting to...
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  • New Google Bug Bounty Program Hunts Android App Flaws

    1 month ago - By PCMag

    Google is partnering with HackerOne to incentivize security research on Android.
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  • Google will pay you $1000 to hack some of Android's most popular apps

    Google will pay you $1000 to hack some of Android's most popular apps

    1 month ago - By TechCrunch

    Details are light at the moment, but a bit of news out of Google's Playtime developer event this morning: the company is launching a Google Play bug bounty program that'll encourage researchers to poke around and look for vulnerabilities in some of Android's most popular third-party apps. Called the “Google Play Security Reward” program, the new program aims to...
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  • Google Play adds Android Instant Apps via a ‘Try it Now' button, among other changes

    Google Play adds Android Instant Apps via a ‘Try it Now' button, among other changes

    1 month ago - By TechCrunch

    Google today is announcing a number of changes to its Google Play app store, the most notable being a new way to try apps immediately without having to first install them on your mobile device. The new feature takes advantage of “Android Instant Apps” technology - Google's attempt at bridging the mobile web world with that of native applications. Instant Apps were...
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  • Google matches Apple by reducing Play Store fee for Android app subscriptions

    Google matches Apple by reducing Play Store fee for Android app subscriptions

    1 month ago - By The Verge

    Google today announced that it will follow Apple's lead in lowering the amount of money app developers must pay for mobile subscriptions processed through the Play Store. Back in June 2016, Apple introduced a new policy for its App Store to encourage developers to sell subscriptions as in-app purchases within iOS. That involved reducing the standard App Store transaction fee from 30 percent to 15 percent. It took effect in September of last year.
    Now, Google is doing the same. Similar to Apple's approach, an Android developer selling a subscription service will be eligible for the cut so...
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  • Google adds ‘try now' button on Play Store listings to highlight Android Instant Apps

    Google adds ‘try now' button on Play Store listings to highlight Android Instant Apps

    1 month ago - By The Verge

    Google is adding a new “try now” button to Android apps in the Play Store that support the company's Android Instant Apps feature. Instant Apps, first announced last year and opened to all developers back in May, let users immediately try out an app without having to download it. This is generally achieved by relying on deep linking between different areas of the app, similar to how one would navigate to specific parts of a website. The goal is to give users a quick, purposeful experience that falls somewhere between a full-fledged app and the clunkiness of the mobile web.
    With “try now”...
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