Tag Archive: Play

Google Play Newsstand gets new face and features

Google has been quite active for the past few weeks, delivering updates to some of its services including Google Translate and Google Play Music. Well now the search giant has announced a complete overhaul of its Newsstand app and an additional desktop extension. Like in the case of Google Music, the update for the Newsstand

Google Play Music update adds machine learning and a fresh new look

Context awareness and AI smarts could help Google find more music that you’ll love.

Google has just announced the biggest overhaul of its Play Music streaming service in years. On the face of it, Play Music has moved beyond the card-centric design of old, and now shows an interface built around album art, bright colors and vector graphics. Instead of shaded squares, graphics now expand to fill the entire window. (And there’s a lot less orange going on, too.)

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Google Play Music gets major overhaul, bets on personalization

Do you use Google Play Music? Chances are that when it comes to music streaming you prefer services like Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora. But Google hopes to change that. To that end, the search giant has just announced a major overhaul of its music-centric service, claiming it has made it more intelligent and intuitive.

The biggest feature Google Play is missing: Gifting content

It’s time to start thinking of presents for the loved ones in your life. Google Play won’t be much help for it, though.

Google Play has been around for a few years, and while it’s caught up to iTunes and the App Store in several areas, there’s one feature that is noticeably, and sometimes painfully absent. Ever find an app you want to buy a friend? Want to send an album to a special someone? Welp,  [Read More…]

Google Play Newsstand gets redesigned home screen, bottom toolbar

Google Play Newsstand is now better than ever.

Google has released a new version of Play Newsstand, its one-stop shop for news, magazines and other written content, with an updated home screen design and a bottom tab bar that replaces the left-side hamburger menu.

The design is definitely more personal, greeting you by name in a new tab titled “For You” along with a daily briefing that attempts to cull together written and video highlights  [Read More…]

Play Catan for cheap with the latest Humble Mobile Bundle

I used to love writing about new Humble Mobile Bundles, the Android equivalent of HB’s excellent pay-what-you-want software packages that benefit charities, and great indie developers. Sadly, those days don’t come as often anymore, but this latest one — board game-themed — is worth mentioning.

Carcassonne: fine. Scotland Yard: meh. Great games, I’m sure — but you’re really here for Catan, one of the greatest trading strategy board games ever conceived.

Catan, along with Splendor and  [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 you tons of great games to play in VR. While plenty of them are playable while sitting down, that 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. You might be able to get away with sitting down to play them, but you won’t get the best experience that  [Read More…]

Google Play Store will be able to offer introductory prices for subscription apps

Right now, signing up for a subscription service on an Android device, like Spotify or Sling TV, means paying the full price up front just to get things rolling, but that’s going to be changing soon.

Today at its Playtime developer event, Google introduced introductory prices for subscription apps, which will allow customers to pay a bit less to start their subscription with a service. After this initial promo period, the subscriber will be transitioned to normal pricing.

One example would be  [Read More…]

Google Play brings new developer features for subscriptions, refunds and Early Access

Google Play has announced a series of new features for Google Play developers alongside their Playtime developer event going on today in San Francisco. Among the announcements today are new features that could mean great things for users looking for the newest apps and the best deals.

Even as [Chromebooks](./chromebooks] are beginning to enjoy Google Play apps, Google Play is preparing to expand with Daydream VR apps as well as Google Play for Wear, bringing standalone  [Read More…]

Picking the perfect phone for both work and play

If you need your phone for both work and everyday life, don’t carry two phones — pick the best for both worlds!

All work and no play makes your phone something, something. Oh yeah, boring. If you’re required to have a phone for work, you might be reluctant to use it on a personal level, but carrying two phones is cumbersome and counterproductive.

What you need to do is pick one phone and make it count.  [Read More…]