Tag Archive: Apps


Google Play Store now penalizes poorly performing apps in rankings

Google wants to make it easier for people to find high-quality apps and games in its Play Store. The Play Store is home to a huge collection of apps, with thousands of them being added daily, although not all of them abide by Google’s rigorous standards. To keep these bad apps off the grid, the […]

Google Play Store now downgrades low-performance apps

Google wants to make it easier for people to find high-quality apps and games in its Play Store. The Play Store is home to a huge collection of apps, with thousands of them being added daily, although not all of them abide by Google’s rigorous standards. To keep these bad apps off the grid, the […]

Google Play has changed its ranking algorithms to surface high-performance apps

There’s more to an app than just its features and price.

How stable an app is, how well it performs, and its consistency are just as important to the app experience as anything else — and Google knows it. That’s why it has announced today that Google Play has changed its ranking algorithms to surface apps that exhibit the best performance, lowest number of crashes, and the highest stability, rather than just the most installs or highest ratings.

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These Android apps can secretly suck up your prepaid data

Take a few minutes and tame those unruly apps — you’ll save some data!

Your phone needs an internet connection to do just about anything. That could be a Wi-Fi connection where how much data you’re using isn’t a concern for most — but you could also be sucking up those vital megabytes of cellular data.

This is exactly why you bought a data plan, so you could do just about everything with your phone. But some apps can  [Read More…]

The $29 Premium PC Power Bundle: 10 apps to make you safer, smarter, more productive (Deal of the Day)

It’s spring which means it is time to get the lawn in order, clean out the home and garage, and generally get things together. Why not use the whole concept of spring cleaning and apply it to your computer? Our Deal of the Day is a bundle of top rated selling computer software. With ten potential titles in […]

Here are some of the best apps for ordering food

Feeling hungry in the middle of the night? All you need to do is grab your Android phone, fire up your favorite food delivery app to get your order served right to your door. You don’t even need to call your local restaurant and talk to a real person. In the 21st century, you can […]

Developers: A must-read to get your apps ready for Android O’s new shortcuts and widgets

Tapping and swiping can do so much more in Android O.

Google has showcased the new app and widget shortcuts coming in Android O on its blog, and while it’s a great explainer of how it all works it’s especially important for developers.

With Android O, users (that’s us!) will be able to long press an icon or portion of a widget and have access to specific shortcuts for an app. Examples are opening a blank or  [Read More…]

The future of augmented reality may actually be in shopping apps

How the technology is implemented matters more than the device it arrives on.

We’ve already established that it’s the pervasiveness of online shopping apps killing the shopping mall. But what about augmented reality? Could that change the way we purchase things in the future?

I spent an hour this week at a pop-up showcase for the ASUS ZenFone AR. It’s been nearly eight months since the smartphone was announced, and though we still don’t have a launch  [Read More…]

How to change the default apps on Google Home

Personalize the apps that Google Home uses.

Google Home makes it easy to keep track of your busy life and enjoy some music when you’re relaxing at home. When you’re ready for some music or you want to check up on the news, though, you’ll want to be sure that the default apps are the ones that you want to use. Adjusting default apps is different for each service, but we have the details for you here!

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Google Play Protect now widely available, keeping your phone safe from bad apps

There’s a new interface to the app security on your phone.

Google’s new (and now properly branded) security system, Google Play Protect, is now widely available and should at this point be active on any phone with the latest version of Google Play Services. After a slow rollout with varied reports that Play Protect was available, as we look at our own devices here every one of them has it.

Google announced Play Protect back  [Read More…]