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Play Store developers will need to target their apps for Android 9 Pie by this fall

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Google is continuing to push Android developers to use the latest API features. Last November, all applications submitted to the store were required to target Android 8.0 Oreo or higher — meaning they would have to support runtime permissions and other breaking API changes. As expected, Google is now stepping up the requirements.

Starting in August 2019, presumably around the time Android Q will be released, all new apps will be required to target Android 9 Pie (API Level 28) or higher.

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Play Store developers will need to target their apps for Android 9 Pie by this fall was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Uber rolls out UI changes in latest beta app

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Things may look different the next time you open the Uber app. The latest version (build number 4.249.10002) revamps a few bits of the UI to take advantage of taller screen ratios, and it makes scheduling easier. It's only accessible in the official beta channel, though.

 

Left: The old Uber app, Right: Uber beta

The updated app makes it easier to select your ride type, especially in places where you've got a ton of options.

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Uber rolls out UI changes in latest beta app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Cloud Print passes one billion installs on the Play Store, is the first app to do so in 2019

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

The billion-app-installs club — it may not be as sweet as the three comma club, but with fewer than 30 members, it's actually more exclusive. Four apps on the Play Store crossed a billion installs last year, including Gboard and Duo, and 2019 just got its first entrant - Google's Cloud Print.

The app does come pre-installed on a lot of Android devices, though that's also been the case for many other apps with over a billion installs.

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Google Cloud Print passes one billion installs on the Play Store, is the first app to do so in 2019 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: New top reviews, wider rollout] Google Play Store’s redesigned ratings and reviews section lets you easily filter by star rating

Monday, January 21st, 2019

While Google's new nearly all-white Material Design update for the Google Play Store has been rolling out and rolling back for many users since May 2018 eliciting mixed responses. Some say it's sleek and elegant, others dislike the brightness and lack of differentiation between elements.

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[Update: New top reviews, wider rollout] Google Play Store's redesigned ratings and reviews section lets you easily filter by star rating was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Power Shade and Material Notification Shade are back on the Play Store, suspicious library removed from apps

Monday, January 21st, 2019

When popular apps Power Shade and Material Notification Shade were flagged as malicious and taken down from the Play Store last month, our main takeaway was to be cautious of the apps and the developer, Treydev Inc., going forward. Now both apps have returned to the Play Store, but with a less-than-satisfying explanation from the developer, there's little reason to lift that warning.

Power Shade, which has over 500,000 installs, and Material Notification Shade, which has over 1 million, both allow users to customize their phone's notification shade without root.

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Power Shade and Material Notification Shade are back on the Play Store, suspicious library removed from apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Store tests show inverted Games and Apps tabs, no overflow button, and new pop-up menu

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The Google Play Store seems to be in a perpetual state of server-side tests. No sooner do we discover one new interface element being changed or added than there is another one to look into. Two tests have made their way to our inbox today. One shows a small, but telling, change in the tabs order and names; the other sees the overflow button disappear from all app "cards" and be replaced by a new tap-and-hold gesture and pop-up menu.

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Play Store tests show inverted Games and Apps tabs, no overflow button, and new pop-up menu was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Power Shade and Material Notification Shade removed from the Play Store — Google says malicious, developer responds coyly

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

From time to time we come across a story of an app being removed from the Play Store unjustly and the developer getting frustrated with the lack of warning or communication, and more frustratingly, the absence of a valid reason. The case of popular apps Power Shade (500K installs) and Material Notification Shade (1M+ installs) has proven to be a little different though, and possibly more head-scratching than that.

Before we delve deeper in the story, the two apps in question were developed by Treydev Inc and allowed users to customize their phone's notification shade to their liking (colors, icons, themes), without root.

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Power Shade and Material Notification Shade removed from the Play Store — Google says malicious, developer responds coyly was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play Store is rolling out new darker colors, question cards in reviews, and testing a few more changes

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

The Google Play Store has been undergoing a major redesign over the past months. We've seen it (slooooowly) don a whiter color in many of its pages and spotted a new UI for reviews, but several screens remained untouched. That's changing now, as new darker accent colors are rolling out for each section, question cards are popping up when you leave a review, and a few other modifications are being tested.

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Google Play Store is rolling out new darker colors, question cards in reviews, and testing a few more changes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ROME: Total War is now available on Android for $10

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Long after its iOS debut in 2016, ROME: Total War is now available on Android for users in North America, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia. The turn-based strategy game lets players try their hand at a conquest of Europe, North Africa, and the Near East as one of 19 factions including Egypt, Gaul, and Britannia. 

This Android port comes courtesy of Feral Interactive, the same studio that brought ROME: Total War to iOS.

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ROME: Total War is now available on Android for $10 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Play Store’s redesigned ratings and reviews section lets you easily filter by star rating

Monday, November 26th, 2018

While Google's new nearly all-white Material Design update for the Google Play Store has been rolling out and rolling back for many users since May 2018 eliciting mixed responses. Some say it's sleek and elegant, others dislike the brightness and lack of differentiation between elements. But one new change rolling out to some users is gaining praise from all sides - a refresh of the ratings and reviews section that lets users filter reviews quickly and efficiently by star rating.

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Google Play Store's redesigned ratings and reviews section lets you easily filter by star rating was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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