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Google Play Points reward program is official, but only in Japan for now

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Earlier this month, Cody discovered evidence for a loyalty program in a teardown of the Google Play app, and now we're seeing the first official word about it. The rewards scheme is called Play Points and has gone live in Japan, according to a support page for the app.

Users can join the program by navigating to the 'Play Points' section in the app's hamburger menu. To begin with, one point will be awarded for every ¥100 (about $0.90) spent on apps and games — to be used on IAPs or converted to Google Play credit — but as you progress, higher levels can be achieved with even greater rewards.

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Google Play Points reward program is official, but only in Japan for now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo invite rewards scheme goes live in the Philippines

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

In the last couple of versions of Google Duo, Cody has found evidence of rewards for inviting friends to install the app (v37 and v38). The scheme now appears to have gone live for users in the Philippines, potentially ahead of being launched in other regions.

The video calling app clearly isn't as popular as Google had hoped, but maybe bribes entice more users to install it. Our last APK Teardown revealed rewards such as covering some of the costs of data usage, as well as actual cash rewards paid through the app formally known as Tez, India's version of Google Pay.

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Google Duo invite rewards scheme goes live in the Philippines was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo v38 removes all signs of screen sharing, reveals referral rewards for India, and more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

A new version of Duo is making the rounds with some interesting changes both on the surface and behind the scenes. There are some visual tweaks that bring a slightly updated look to Duo, and an option was removed from settings. Sadly, it looks like screen sharing may be dead for the foreseeable future. And if you're interested in scoring some rewards in trade for signing friends up to Duo, you'll have something to look forward to.

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Google Duo v38 removes all signs of screen sharing, reveals referral rewards for India, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Opinion Rewards has a much improved UI in testing

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Google's Opinion Rewards app is the only official way to get free Google Play credit, which is why so many use it. Each survey, which usually only takes a couple of seconds, gives out anywhere between $0.10 and $1, and that can add up quickly with enough surveys. A new, Material-themed interface is being tested, and it looks a lot better than the current UI.

left: Current. right: Test.

We had been tipped about a new look for the 'Reward history' page in Opinion Rewards about a week ago, and it seems like that's available for most.

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Google Opinion Rewards has a much improved UI in testing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo v37 may be adding “pause” to video chats and rewards for referring friends [APK Teardown]

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A new version of Google Duo is began rolling out earlier today. It doesn't look like any new features have gone live with this update, nor does it appear to restore the screen sharing feature that was briefly enabled a couple months ago. However, there are some new things to look forward to in the future, including what is likely a pause button for video chats and a reward system for inviting friends to use Duo.

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Google Duo v37 may be adding "pause" to video chats and rewards for referring friends [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook launches rewards program for reports of data abuse

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Facebook announced in a blog post last month that it would reward users who report abuses of user data by developers of Facebook apps. That rewards program, which Facebook is calling Data Abuse Bounty, launched today. Facebook says the monetary rewards will be valued on a case-by-case basis "based on the impact of each report."

"This program will reward people with first-hand knowledge and proof of cases where a Facebook platform app collects and transfers people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen or used for scams or political influence," Facebook says in a blog post.

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Facebook launches rewards program for reports of data abuse was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook launches rewards program for reports of data abuse

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Facebook announced in a blog post last month that it would reward users who report abuses of user data by developers of Facebook apps. That rewards program, which Facebook is calling Data Abuse Bounty, launched today. Facebook says the monetary rewards will be valued on a case-by-case basis "based on the impact of each report."

"This program will reward people with first-hand knowledge and proof of cases where a Facebook platform app collects and transfers people’s data to another party to be sold, stolen or used for scams or political influence," Facebook says in a blog post.

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Facebook launches rewards program for reports of data abuse was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Store now supports pre-registration reward levels

Monday, March 19th, 2018

The Play Store now supports reward tiers for apps in the pre-registration phase, allowing developers to entice potential customers to pre-register for more goodies once the app launches. It's not a new concept, but we've never seen it on the Play Store before.

Ordinarily, you'd just tap the 'pre-register' button to be notified, and that would be that. But with these 'milestones,' developers can grant rewards depending on how many people pre-register. The Westworld game, which opened up for beta testing earlier this month, is now in the pre-registration phase, and Warner Bros.

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Play Store now supports pre-registration reward levels was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google rewarded security researchers $2.9 million in 2017

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

2017 was a big year for security research in technology, just as it is every year. With the much publicised 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' CPU vulnerabilities and countless other lesser-known security bugs, researchers had their work cut out uncovering these flaws before anyone with more nefarious intentions could.

Google does its bit to compensate the research community for their hard work in keeping its users protected. In a recent blog post, the company released some numbers for the 2017 Vulnerability Rewards Program while also paying tribute to the dedicated researchers.

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Google rewarded security researchers $2.9 million in 2017 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Play Store v7.8 prepares to add pre-registration rewards, settings for Instant Apps, Play Protect, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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The Play Store has just been updated to version 7.8 as of this morning, at least for some people. This release brings a couple of small changes to the interface and a few bigger changes in preparation for the future. Google has added a little reminder note to get people back on track with automatic updates, meanwhile it has also removed a toggle on some devices that gave users a choice about whether icons should be added to the home screen for newly installed apps.

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Play Store v7.8 prepares to add pre-registration rewards, settings for Instant Apps, Play Protect, and more [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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