Tag Archive: Play


Google’s Play Console Dashboards help developers pinpoint problems with their apps

Google is helping developers get a better grip on problems with their apps thanks to new Play Console Dashboards. Launched on stage at Google I/O 2017, Play Console Dashboards essentially provide developers with the vital signs of their apps, helping to pinpoint problems with specific analytics.

Play Console Dashboards pinpoint six issues that cause battery drain, crashes, and slow UI, Google says. Those include ANR rate, crash rate, slow rendering, frozen frames, stuck wake locks, and excessive wakeups.  [Read More…]

Google Play Protect uses machine learning to detect and remove harmful apps

Google Play Protect will use machine learning to scan for malicious apps.

A big theme at this year’s Google I/O has been machine learning. Furthermore, we know that keeping our phones secure is more important than ever. Google uses its powerful machine learning tools within the Google Play Store to scan and verify the apps installed on your phone. If a malicious app is detected, the service will remove it before it causes harm. These services were already in  [Read More…]

Moto E4, E4 Plus, and Z2 Play show up in leaked renders

Leaked renders give us an early look at Motorola’s upcoming phones.

A leaked slide from over the weekend revealed that Motorola was planning to launch nine new phones this year. The company already released two phones at the start of the week in the newly-minted Moto C series, which is now the entry-level tier for the brand.

We’re now getting a look at the Moto Z2 Play and the Moto E series courtesy of Roland Quandt of WinFuture. The  [Read More…]

HTC Edge Sense appears on the Play Store to show how the HTC U 11 will work

HTC are planning another high-end device to follow up on its first 2017 device of the HTC U Ultra, which wasn’t the greatest to lead with. HTC seem to have identified the flop that was the HTC U Ultra and are now planning a follow up called the HTC U 11, which is expected to […]

Netflix is disappearing from the Play Store for some users

It seems that Netflix have taken a decision to block users with rooted devices running custom ROMs from downloading the app from the Google Play Store. According to reports on Reddit, the Netflix app is showing up as incompatible for users with some rooted devices. Probably more worringly is that Netflix seems to have disappeared […]

The Play Store finally joins the rest of its family with a Play button app icon

App icons don’t change all that often.

It’s understandable. After all, most folks don’t look for the title under an app icon, they just look for the shape or color and tap it. So when app icons change, there’s usually a good reason for it. Google is changing one of the most important app icons on your phones, the Google Play Store, and the reason was spelled out a long time ago. It just begs the question: what the  [Read More…]

Google Play to end ‘Top Developer’ program in favor of highlighting specific apps

The blue badges are going away.

Google Play is ready to retire its “Top Developer” program, soon to replace it with a new system. This is the program that currently recognizes some well-known developers with a blue badge and “Top Developer” on their app listings, presumably giving some extra weight to their apps in hopes that it will increase downloads.

In an email sent to developer accounts, Google says that it will be replacing the program with  [Read More…]

Moto Z2 Play leak suggests the phone’s battery will be downgraded

Lenovo is decreasing battery size to make the Moto Z2 Play thinner.

We’re due for an update to the Moto Z Play, and a recent leak out of VentureBeat gives us a look at what’s coming with the Moto Z2 Play. The render image shows off a design that is reminiscent of the Moto G5 Plus, with a rounded fingerprint sensor up front and magnetic pins at the back for Moto Mods.

However, it looks like  [Read More…]

Moto Z2 Play specs leak, smaller battery than predecessor

We have a new leak for the Moto Z2 Play and this time it’s the spec list. Though it’s a good improvement all around, the downside is that Lenovo has considerably shrunk the battery this year.

Last year’s 3,510mAh battery is replaced with a 3,000mAh battery, slimming the 7mm body down by one millimeter and 20 grams at the expense of battery life. Though some might like this decision, 7mm was already reasonably thin and battery life is as important as ever.

Other spec  [Read More…]

Spotify has a new feature that lets you scan a barcode and play a song and it’s pretty f’ing cool!

This is how you go viral.

In February, Spotify removed its in-app messaging feature, which instantly made it harder to share a song with a friend. What they have now totally makes up for it.

According to Techcrunch, more details are coming Monday May 8, but a feature that lets you scan a special barcode and instantly play a song is live and it’s pretty glorious.

Each song has a unique code attached to its album art (you bring  [Read More…]