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Blue Mail kicked off Play Store (Update: It’s back, plus Google statement)


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Update, August 1, 2020 (10:40 PM ET): Blue Mail ended up getting restored on the Google Play Store earlier today after 15 hours of it being unavailable to download. According to Google, its removal had nothing to do with retaliation against Blix, as that company’s founder suggested on Twitter.

Here is a statement that explains the situation in further detail from Dan Jackson, a Google spokesperson:

It’s completely false that we retaliated in any way against this developer. As part of our ongoing policy enforcement process, this app was flagged for similarities to the TypeApp mail app. As we always do when we find issues, we notified Blix and reached out to them to better understand the situation, and after a thorough review we have now reinstated the app.

This statement makes it very clear that the removal of Blue Mail had nothing to do with Blix’s involvement with the ongoing antitrust investigation against Google. Ben Volach, Blix’s founder, thanked Blue Mail’s supporters on Twitter while also calling for other developers who have faced similar problems to reach out and let him know about it.


Original article, July 31, 2020 (05:53 PM ET): Today, the popular email app Blue Mail was removed from the Google Play Store. A search on the store for the app as of publishing this article returned no results other than similar apps.

Blix, the development company behind Blue Mail, was quick to call out the removal as a retaliatory move by Google. Blix claims Google is fighting back because of Blix’s involvement with the ongoing antitrust investigations into Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

Google told The Washington Post that it was looking into the issue but did not give a direct comment on the removal of Blue Mail.

Blue Mail removal: Retaliation?

Ben Volach, the founder of Blix and co-creator of Blue Mail, posted the following tweet a few hours ago after he learned of the removal:

According to Volach, Blix only learned about the removal when users who were switching phones started asking why they couldn’t find the app on the Play Store. Volach says there was no notice from Google prior to the app’s removal, and therefore no way for Blix to fix whatever issue caused Google to make the decision to remove it.

Later, Blix said Google informed it that the removal was due to Blue Mail copying another app. However, it is unclear if Google gave Blix enough information to fix the situation or not. Since the app is currently unavailable, we’re going to assume that’s a no.

Blix has troubled history with app stores

While Blue Mail is incredibly popular (and one of the email apps we recommend), it has had its fair share of controversies. Over on the Mac App Store, the app had been removed by Apple after Apple released a product that Blix says was remarkably similar to Blue Mail. Blix sued Apple over this incident.

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During the ongoing antitrust investigation into Apple, the company said it does not retaliate against or intimidate competitors. Blue Mail has since been restored to the Mac App Store.

Blix also previously accused Google of poaching its ideas when the latter company announced it would be integrating its chat app within Gmail in a similar form as Blue Mail.

Volach says Blix has been cooperating with authorities related to the ongoing antitrust investigations. It remains to be seen how long Blue Mail will be off the Play Store or if Google will give Blix a detailed account behind the reasoning for its removal.


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Some OnePlus 8 Pro units can’t play Netflix in HD, users report


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  • OnePlus 8 Pro users are reporting issues with watching Netflix content in HD.
  • This issue started with update version 15.5.5.
  • OnePlus is telling those affected to ship phones back to the factory.

After a recent update, some OnePlus 8 Pro users are reporting seeing Netflix videos in SD when they clearly shouldn’t.

We received a report from a reader named Nicholas who experienced an issue watching Netflix with the OnePlus 8 Pro. Many users are also reporting it on the OnePlus community forum. Apparently, this issue started happening with version 15.5.5, but users have reported that it persisted in version 15.5.6. Users on the forum first reported the problem as far back as May 2, so it has been floating around for a while.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is having an issue with displaying HD video on services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. There’s a Widevine DRM issue, where it’s downgrading from L3 to L1. When the device enters this security level, it’s unable to stream HD and HDR content from various services, which is unfortunate for users looking to take advantage of the gorgeous display on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Windvine is a Google-owned service that’s designed to provide various encryption schemes and hardware security to distribute video content to consumer devices. It’s helpful for a service like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, as they can prevent unauthorized users from accessing content.

However, with this issue, users who should have access to HD content aren’t getting it because Windvine thinks they are not authorized.

We have reached out to OnePlus for comment on the issue and will update this article once we hear back.

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Popular chat app pulled from Play Store amidst spying accusations (Updated)


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Update: December 26, 2019 at 9:55 a.m. ET: ToTok’s cofounders have issued a follow-up statement refuting the claims that the chat app tracks users’ personal appointments and functions as a spy tool built by Israeli officers.

“… our distractors continue to spread misinformation and stir up the “spying” allegations, to vilify our work, to jeopardize our business, even to insult our users by mocking their enthusiastic appreciation of ToTok,” reads the statement. “Here is the fact – since day one, we have built ToTok with user security and privacy as our priority.”

The cofounders go on to say that a former NSA employee has performed a technical analysis and concluded ToTok “simply does what it claims to do, and really nothing more.” No details of the NSA employee’s findings were mentioned in the statement, painting what seems to be a vague and questionable picture of the so called technical analysis.

Still, the cofounders are confident that their app will be reinstated in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. As of this writing, the app is still absent from both.

You can read the full statement here.


Original article: December 23, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET: In a sudden turn of events, The New York Times just revealed popular messaging app ToTok is most likely a secret surveillance tool used by the United Arab Emirates government to spy on millions of people around the world. The app popped up only a few months ago, and it apparently tracks nearly everything about its users inside and outside the UAE.

ToTok has been downloaded across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, recently becoming one of the most downloaded social apps in the United States. According to The NYT, the UAE government knows “every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound, and image” of everyone who used the app.

“ToTok is a cleverly designed tool for mass surveillance, according to the technical analysis and interviews,” reported The NYT. “It functions much like the myriad other Apple and Android apps that track users’ location and contacts.”

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The app is officially developed by Breej Holding, but The NYT believes this is most likely a facade, saying ToTok is actually affiliated with DarkMatter: an Abu Dhabi-based cyber intelligence and hacking firm. The firm is made up of Emirati intelligence officials, former National Security Agency (NSA) employees, and former Israeli military intelligence operatives.

The app’s initial success began in the UAE because the local government blocks certain features on apps like WhatsApp and Skype. ToTok even received recent support from Chinese manufacturer Huawei after the company promoted the app in a recent Facebook post.

The FBI is further investigating the situation, and ToTok has since been pulled from both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Users who already downloaded the app will be able to use it until they manually uninstall it from their devices.

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Google Play Pass games and apps: All titles announced so far (Updated)


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Update: December 6, 2019 (5:15 PM ET): Google just added ten more games and apps to its Play Pass subscription, including KLWP and KWGT. These are some of the best widget, live wallpaper, and overall customization apps you can get on Android, so this is exciting news. We have updated the list below to include these latest additions.


Original Article: September 23, 2019 (12:19 PM ET): The long-awaited Google Play Pass is here and with it a new way to enjoy apps and games from the Google Play Store. With nearly 400 ad-free Play Pass games and apps available, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest.

The titles included will expand over the coming months, but we’ve made a list of all games and apps currently announced for Google Play Pass below. Titles in bold are ones we recommend.

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Google Play Pass has a solid list of launch games from a variety of genres and publishers. Most of them are premium (paid) titles, but there are a few free-to-play games with ads and in-app purchases removed. Here’s a full list of what’s on tap, separated by genre as best we could.

Note: To cut down on the number of items in the list, all generic games have been removed. Rest assured that there are tons of word search, sudoku, jigsaw puzzle, and chess games, but they’re not in the list below.

Adventure:

  • LIMBO
  • Sorcery! 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • 80 Days
  • Lumino City
  • Swordigo
  • Jungle Adventures 1, 2, 3
  • NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
  • Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
  • Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
  • Gem Miner 2
  • Wayward Souls
  • Suzy Cube
  • Thimbleweed Park
  • 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure
  • Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (Full)
  • The Bug Butcher
  • The Tiny Bang Story Premium
  • Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
  • Red Ball 3: Jump for Love
  • Sally’s Law

Action/sports:

  • Chameleon Run
  • Titan Quest
  • Lichtspeer
  • Farm Invasion USA
  • Touchgrind BMX 2
  • Touchgrind Skate 2
  • Pumped BMX 3
  • Space Marshals
  • Grimvalor
  • OTTTD: Over The Top TD
  • Annelids: Online Battle
  • Reckless Getaway
  • Reporter
  • Grand Action Simulator – New York Car Gang
  • Absolute Drift
  • Shadow Fight 2 Special Edition
  • Ninja Hero Cats
  • Sea Battle 2
  • Moto X3M Bike Race Game
  • What, The Fox?
  • Offroad Legends 2
  • Dual!
  • Smashy Road: Wanted
  • Smashy Road: Arena
  • Fancy Pants Adventures
  • Horror Hospital 2
  • Cubes
  • Pinball Flipper Classic 11in1

RPG:

  • Stardew Valley
  • Terraria
  • Star Wars™: KOTOR
  • Magium
  • King of Dragon Pass
  • Evoland
  • Game Dev Tycoon
  • Hoplite
  • Tempest

Puzzle: 

  • Monument Valley 1, 2
  • ELOH
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • FRAMED 1 & 2
  • Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
  • Neighbours from Hell Season 1 & 2
  • Energy: Anti Stress Loops
  • Flow Free
  • Flow Free: Hexes
  • Flow Free: Warps
  • Red
  • Hocus.
  • Square Paint
  • HEX
  • Cut the Rope
  • Cut the Rope 2
  • Cut the Rope: Time Travel
  • Dumb Ways to Die 2
  • Vertical Adventure: Jump, Die, Retry
  • One More Line
  • The Tiny Bang Story
  • Death Squared
  • .projekt
  • Hidden Folks
  • Save the Puppies
  • NR Shooter
  • Connection
  • Shapes
  • Lines
  • Red Herring
  • Block Puzzle & Conquer
  • Number Mazes
  • Infinity Loop
  • Brain It On!
  • Decipher
  • What’s inside the box?
  • Harmony: Relaxing Music Puzzles

Strategy/simulation:

  • Reigns
  • Reigns: Her Majesty
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones
  • Mini Metro
  • Pocket City
  • This is the Police
  • Guns’n’Glory Heroes
  • Guns’n’Glory Zombies
  • Fiz: Brewery Management Game
  • Traffix
  • Risk
  • Tiny Guardians
  • Door Kickers
  • King’s League: Odyssey
  • The Battle of Polytopia
  • SpellForce – Heroes & Magic
  • Card Thief
  • Card Crawl
  • Drive Simulator
  • Door Kickers

Music:

  • Cytus II
  • Melobeat

Children/educational:

  • Toca Nature
  • Toca Mystery House
  • Trivia 360
  • My Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Power Girls Super City
  • StoryToys Rapunzel
  • Animal Puzzles for Kids
  • Code Karts Pre-coding for kids
  • Thomas & Friends: Race On!
  • Sago Mini Pet Cafe
  • Pet World Premium
  • Little Panda Fireman
  • Little Panda’s Jewel Adventure
  • Jurassic World
  • Kids Animals Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Learn to Read & Save Animals


Google Play Pass apps

The list of Google Play Pass apps is honestly pretty bloated, but there are a few useful productivity apps. Here’s the list for now, and we’ll update it as more apps are added to the service.

All apps:

  • AccuWeather: Daily Forecast & Live Weather Reports
  • Tunable: Music Practice Tools
  • ISS HD Live: View Earth Live
  • Pic Stitch – #1 Collage Maker
  • Daylio – Diary, Journal, Mood Tracker
  • Moon+ Reader Pro
  • All-In-One Calculator
  • Easy Voice Recorder Pro
  • jetAudio HD Music Player Plus
  • VivaVideo Pro Video Editor HD
  • Business Calendar Pro
  • White Noise
  • White Noise Generator
  • Ambience – Nature Sounds
  • Rain Sounds – Sleep & Relax
  • Relax Rain – Rain Sounds
  • Nature Sounds
  • Sleep Sounds
  • Unit Converter
  • TouchRetouch
  • MyTuner Radio App
  • Friendly for Facebook
  • Our Groceries Shopping List
  • Decision Roulette
  • GPS Status & Toolbox
  • Photo Editor
  • Podcast Go
  • Smart Recorder
  • Podcast Republic
  • Money Manager Expense & Budget
  • Cross DJ Pro
  • Quotes Creator
  • KWGT Kustom Widget Maker
  • KLWP Kustom Live Wallpaper Maker
  • Photo Studio Pro
  • CamtoPlan
  • Slow Motion Video FX
  • Hi-Q MP3 Voice Recorder (Pro)
  • Password Manager SafeInCloud Pro
  • Currency Converter Plus
  • Dictionary.com Premium
  • Infinite Painter
  • To Do List
  • Mix by Camera360
  • Sleepo
  • WebVideo Cast
  • Enpass Password Manager
  • LockMyPix Secret Photo Vault
  • FlipaClip: Cartoon Animation
  • Perfect Piano
  • Notebloc PDF Scanner
  • Fast Scanner
  • DataDex Pokedex
  • Real Guitar
  • Flashcards
  • Accurate Altimeter
  • PixelLab
  • Calls Blacklist – Call Blocker
  • Lexis Audio Editor
  • Phonograph Music Player
  • My Notes – Notepad
  • Voice changer with effects
  • Luci – Dream Journal
  • Weather Kitty
  • ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook
  • Diaro – Diary, Journal, Notes, Mood Tracker
  • Pixel Art: Color by Number
  • Rain Alarm


What are your favorite Google Play Pass games and apps? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to fix common Google Play Store error codes


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The Google Play Store is the most secure and easily accessible place to grab your essential Android apps and games. While it is a pretty stable app, it is not immune to bugs and issues. Google can present a wide range of unintelligible error codes with no real way to quickly fix the problem. This list of the most common Google Play Store errors codes and their solutions should help you sidestep these annoyances.

Common Google Play Store errors

  1. Error 944
  2. Error 941 / 927 / 504 / 495 / 413 / 406 / 110 / rh01 / rpc:aec:0
  3. Error DF-BPA-09
  4. Error DF-DLA-15
  5. Error 103
  1. Error 919 / 101 / 923 / 921
  2. Error 491 / 923
  3. Error 403
  4. Error 927
  5. Error 481
  6. Error 911

1. Error 944

We’ll start off with a simple one, and one of the most common Google Play Store error codes. Error 944 appears when the Google Play Store servers are offline, or if they’re suffering from some connectivity issue. The best solution is to just wait a little while and try again, rather than messing around with app settings. This can be annoying, but if you get this message at least you know there is nothing wrong with your phone!


2. Error 941 / 927 / 504 / 495 / 413 / 406 / 110 / rh01 / rpc:aec:0

If you’ve had problems downloading apps from the Play Store, you’ve likely come across the Error 495, 110, or one of the other Play Store error codes above. They all indicate slightly different download problems, but they all share the same solution. To fix any one of them, you’re probably going to need a new Google ID assigned to your device, but that’s not too hard to do.

For starters, delete your Google Play Store data by heading over to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps > Google Play Store > Storage & cache > Clear storage & Clear cache. Check if this has fixed your problem. If not, then you’ll want to delete your data from the Google Services Framework too, which can also be found under the apps. This will give you a new Google ID on your devices, almost as if you’d factory reset it. However, this new ID has the downside of messing up some apps, at least temporarily, so you might have to reinstall any apps that suddenly have problems.

If you’re still running into issues after that, you’ll have to delete your Google account from your device. Do do this, and re-add it back after a restart, head on over to Settings > Accounts > Add account > Google.


3. Error DF-BPA-09

The character mishmash above is another fairly common Play Store error code, this time related to trying to download a purchased app. Unfortunately trying over and over again won’t make the issue go away, but a quick clear of the Play Store app data will solve it quickly. Just clear data under general Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps > Google Services Framework > Storage & cache > Clear storage & Clear cache.

This problem is sometimes on Google’s end too, so the above method may not work every time. If that’s the case, log into the Google Play Store from your PC and push the download to your device.


4. Error DF-DLA-15

Another wordy looking Play Store error code, but this one relates to app updates or new downloads. The best way to flush out this problem is to clear the cache and data from the Play Store app and try again.

To do this, head to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps > Google Play Store > Storage & cache > Clear storage & Clear cache. If this doesn’t work, try removing, and re-adding your Google account.


5. Error 103

Error 103 occurs when there’s a compatibility problem between your device and the app you’re trying to install. Usually, Google won’t allow you to install incompatible apps, but sometimes there’s a bug or server error that can cause conflicts to occur.

The best solution is to wait this one out. It is often a server side issue dealing with application signatures. The Play Store will eventually update to make sure your phone receives the right package. Although lingering issues should be reported to Google Support for them to look into.


6. Error 919 / 101 / 923 / 921

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This Google Play Store error is a pretty simple one to fix. It just means there isn’t enough space on your device to fully install or update an app. Removing some unused apps is a good place to start, followed by pictures, videos, or music.


7. Error 491 / 923

491, unfortunately, means that downloads and updates are impossible, so something has gone seriously wrong somewhere. To fix this error, you will need to remove and then add the same or a new Google account to your device.

Go to your device’s Settings > Accounts, click on the account and then press Remove account. Restart your smartphone or tablet, then go back into Settings > Accounts > Add account again to log back into your account. Finally, go into Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps > Google Play Services > Storage & cache > Clear storage & Clear cache.


8. Error 403

The 403 error is similar to the one above, in that downloads and updates are impossible, for some reason. However, this time the problem is caused by a conflict between two or more Google accounts buying apps on one device.

To fix this, your first port of call should be to log into the Google account that you bought the app with, uninstall it, and then hit the purchase/install button once again.

If that doesn’t work, removing your Play Store search history might fix the conflict. To do this, go into the Google Play Store and select Settings > Clear local search history. Alternatively, you could try creating a new Google Play account and installing the app again using this account, although this is usually how the problem started anyway.

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9. Error 927

This is another Play Store error code that appears when trying to download or update an app, but this particular code occurs only when the Play Store is caught out in the middle of an update of its own.

The best fix is usually to wait for the Play Store to finish updating and installing, and then simply trying again. Alternatively, you can clear app data for the Play Store by going to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps > Google Play Store > Storage & cache > Clear storage & Clear cache.


10. Error 481

If you’re unfortunate enough to see the 481 error code, then it’s probably the end of the road for your Google account. This code means there’s some sort of major error with your account. The only fix is to remove your old account and then sign up for a new one.


11. Error 911

This download error can be a little tougher to diagnose exactly, as it’s sometimes a problem with your current WiFi connection, but can also be solved be clearing Google Play Store data.

If you’re connected to a WiFi hotspot that requires a login, it’s possible that error 911 appears because you need to re-authenticate your connection. After you’ve done that, open the app and try again. If you’re still having problems, it’s likely something to do with your WiFi network, so try a different connection or perhaps switch to your network data connection.

Alternatively, you can try clearing Play Store data by going to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps > Google Play Store > Storage & cache > Clear storage & Clear cache.


There are a few more error codes floating around out there. Generally, most of these are related to connectivity issues or some account authentication problem. Most of these can be solved by checking your connection status and waiting for Google’s servers to catch up, or reapplying your account to the Play Store. Also, never discount the effectiveness of restarting your phone.

Hopefully, this little list will have solved your particular Google Play Store error code. If you’ve come across any different errors or have some fixes of your own to contribute, please feel free to share in the comments section below.

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Google Play Music hits 5bn downloads, but is this as good as it gets?


Google Play Music has been the official Google music streaming service for years, and it’s just hit a landmark figure on the Play Store.

The music app has reached five billion downloads on the Play Store, according to Android Police. This reportedly makes it the sixth app to cross this mark, following Chrome, Gmail, Maps, Search, and YouTube.

It’s worth noting that all these apps are pre-installed on Android devices, boosting the listed download figures in the process.

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Unfortunately, this could be the apex of Google Play Music’s growth, as Google will pre-install YouTube Music instead of Play Music on future Android phones. Google confirmed the news on the YouTube blog last month, saying all new devices launching with Android 10 and Android Pie will offer the app out of the box.

Hopefully Google keeps Play Music around until YouTube Music achieves feature parity at the very least. Right now, the new app lacks Play Music’s cloud locker functionality, the ability to halt autoplay, and sleep timer functionality, to name a few features.

What would it take for you to use YouTube Music? Let us know in the comments!

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Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories hits the Play Store


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All the way back in June of last year, we learned that Android would be getting its very first Harvest Moon game, Seeds of Memories. The game was slated to come out in the winter, but it looks like there were some entanglements in the development process. We didn’t see hide nor hare of the farming simulator as the winter solstice came and went, but now just in time for spring planting season, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories has arrived.

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This game brings back much of what you love about the classic rural slice-of-life adventure that won over the hearts of millions. You’ve been tasked with revitalizing a farm, so you’ll need to socially invest in the nearby town to get the help you need. Grow a variety of crops and discover new varieties as you build relationships and spend the afternoons fishing. Raise cows, sheep, chickens, and even horses and even start a family. There’s a fairly elaborate upgrade system, and plenty of interesting events like cooking contests and festivals.

All in all, Seeds of Memories looks like a solid addition to the Android game library, and we hope to see more like it in the future. We haven’t had the chance to give it a full play, of course, since it just came out, but click the button below to hit it up in the Play Store. Give it a spin, then come back and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Google Play Music podcasts coming April 18?


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So, all the way back in October 2015, Google announced that their all-around music streaming service Google Music would soon have podcast functionality. And then we heard literally nothing on the subject for half a year. Now it seems like this pipe dream is actually becoming a reality, as some sources are reporting that podcasts are coming to Google Music as early as this coming Monday.

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The way this news came out is that apparently Google released this embargoed information to staff members of NPR. Someone within NPR leaked the email, and Android Police announced that podcast capability would be arriving on the 18th. An excerpt from the email:

Google will launch podcasts on Android and other platforms next Monday, April 18, inside of Google Play Music, a streaming service similar to Apple Music. Please note: this information is embargoed and should not be shared or promoted externally until Monday. NPR has worked with Google to ensure that public radio is represented in the Google Play environment. Learn more about adding your station’s podcasts to this new platform.

So it looks like this is the real scoop. The news comes as a relief to users like myself who have found themselves listening to fewer podcasts than they would like after moving over to Google Play Music since the app historically hasn’t supported them natively. This update will probably be what finally gets me back into the second season of Serial.

What are your thought on Google Play Music receiving podcast capability? Does this not really affect you, or are you grateful to be able to move back to using one app for all your audio needs instead of splitting it between two? Let us know your take in the comments, and stay tuned to Android Authority for all the updates on your favorite apps.

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Google Play Newsstand and Play Music reach new countries – Japan, Thailand and Malaysia


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It seems Google chose an odd day to announce availability of Play Newsstand and Play Music in new markets. It might make sense, though, as everyone already had their eyes set on said company today. The more announcements the merrier, and we know today’s new supported markets will definitely be happy to see Newsstand and Play Music coming around.

Google Play Newsstand is heading over to Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. People in these markets will now be able to access magazines and newspapers, subscribe to them and more. Information is key, and moving to a digital world shouldn’t have to mean abandoning these publications.

On the other hand, we have the awesome Google Play Music jamming on Japane devices. This is definitely good news for those who really love their streaming services. Especially considering you could use Google Play Music for free and still get much from it. If you need an extra kick you can also sign up for All Access.

This is just a quick update from the latest Google Play news. Are any of you celebrating this announcement? Hit the comments and let us know what you think of these services. They are both available today, so you should be up and running by now.

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XBMC’s Kodi media player officially makes its way to the Play Store with version 15 update


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The popular Kodi media center application, formerly known as XBMC, has finally made its way to the Play Store. The app launched in Google Play last month in beta form, but now it’s officially available for all to download. Along with the big Play Store announcement, Kodi is getting a hefty update to version 15 which brings some notable features that make the app even more functional than ever.

For starters, version 15 brings 4K support, refresh rate switching and HEVC playback to capable Android devices, such as the NVIDIA Shield Android TV. It should be noted that Android 5.0 Lollipop is required to take advantage of these new additions.

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Also new to the application is an all-new chapter selector window that lets you visually browse and choose different chapters in supported video formats. Take a look at the video below for a quick demonstration:

Another small, yet notable feature in this update is adaptive seeking functionality, which allows you to skip forward and backward more quickly by tapping the navigation key several times. The developers have made a quick video for this feature as well, so check that out below:

The update also brings new audio and subtitle lists, language add-ons and expanded international preferences, as well as an improved add-on manager. There are a ton of other small improvements listed in the changelog, so feel free to check out the source link for more details. Thankfully the app is now available in the Play Store, so interested folks can get these changes right away.

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