Tag Archive: Play


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…]

Google makes it easier to find high-quality apps with new curated Play Store bundles

Find better apps from the humans at Google that use them every day.

Google has announced that it is bringing more order to the Play Store with a bunch of new human-curated app lists.

As part of an increased focus on its Editor’s Choice section, which began last month with ‘Android Excellence’, which focused on high-quality individual apps, Google will now post “stories” that highlight groups of its favorite programs based on theme.

These so-called editorial pages  [Read More…]

Gear VR games you need to stand to play

Some games aren’t meant to be played sitting down.

Samsung’s Gear VR delivers tons of great games to play in VR. While plenty of them are playable while sitting down, this isn’t the case across the board. We’ve collected a few of the best games that are meant to be played while standing up.

Read more at VR Heads!

Google Home can now play your personalized tunes from Play Music

A new update to Google Home now allows users to play uploaded or purchased playlists via Google Play Music.

Google Home will now play your uploaded and purchased music on Google Play Music

One of Google Play Music’s best features has finally come to Google Home.

Google Play Music is one of the few online music services that allows you to mix your personal uploaded and purchased music with a subscription library with millions and millions of songs. However, when Google Play Music launched on Google Home when the little air freshener lookalike debuted, you could cast any music you wanted to the speaker, but if you asked Google Assistant for your  [Read More…]

Google is using deep learning and data analysis to curate the Play Store

Machine learning plays a big part in how apps are monitored in the Play Store.

Google has released some details from the Security and Privacy team about how Google Play is being curated, and machine learning plays a big part.

Google has two basic goals for applications in the Play Store: safety and exposure. The Security and Privacy team wants to weed out apps with malware, but they’re also concerned about applications that ask for broad permissions that might  [Read More…]

Google Play Movies can now display HDR content over Chromecast Ultra

Chromecast Ultra just got a color boost.

Did you wonder why you spent more on that Chromecast Ultra almost a year ago? It wasn’t just for the 4K resolution support but the promise of greater things to come.

Well, today, that greater thing is HDR support. According to Google, 4K content that is also encoded with HDR (high dynamic range) will automatically begin playing on TVs that support both standards — as long as you’re in the  [Read More…]

Google Play Movies & TV launches support for HDR

High Dynamic Range is all the rage these days when it comes to watching movies. Companies like Amazon and Netflix have supported it for quite some time, and now Google is now offering support, too.

Today Google announced that it now supports HDR playback in Google Play Movies & TV. It’s available to start in the United States and Canada, and Google says it’s available via the Chromecast Ultra as well. You’ll also need a TV that supports HDR to see any  [Read More…]

Unlocked Moto Z2 Play (for AT&T and T-Mobile) now available at Amazon

The Moto Z2 Play landed at Verizon a few weeks ago, but if for some reason you don’t want to do business with Big Red, now you have an alternative. You can grab the unlocked version from the Amazon. However, there are a few caveats to consider before making the purchase. First off, take into […]

Moto Z2 Play Review: Bad sequel, better smartphone

Last year’s Moto Z Play was a smartphone with legendary battery life that didn’t break the bank. So, for the sequel, Motorola decided to shrink the battery … and bump up the price. Because … capitalism?

I was as irritated as anyone to see Motorola make that choice, since I really admired the original Z Play’s unique package of affordability and endurance. But what surprised me is that, even despite its shrunken battery (and my accompanying consternation) the Motorola  [Read More…]