Tag Archive: Policies

Google breathes new life into old Android Wear watches with new Play Store policies

Changes will promote standalone apps for your watch.

Google has announced two major changes for Android Wear apps: Multi-APK apps are now supported for Android Wear 1.0 watches and requirements for the “Enhanced for Android Wear” Play Store badge have changed.

Multi-APK apps are apps hosted in Google Play that have separate files for your phone and your watch. Previously, only Android Wear 2.0 watches supported multi-APK apps, but now users with older watches like the Samsung  [Read More…]

Read the fine print: Terms of service, privacy policies and the power of knowledge

It’s the only way to know what you’re giving away.

When you buy a new phone or install a new app, reading the boring (and often difficult to comprehend) privacy policies and terms of use are the last thing you want to do. But it’s also the most important part of the process.

We were having a discussion about visual voicemail in the Android Central Slack channel recently. With Marshmallow, Google introduced a visual voicemail framework for  [Read More…]

Google employee sues company for ‘illegal’ confidentiality policies that violate labor laws

Google’s motto is ‘don’t be evil.’ Google’s illegal confidentiality agreements and policies fail this test.

A Google product manager has accused the company of violating California labor laws via its restrictive confidentiality policies. According to The Information, the employee filed a suit with the California Superior Court in San Francisco, alleging that Google is running an internal “spying program” that encourages employees to report co-workers suspected of leaking information to the media.

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Google updates its Play Developer Policy Center making it easier to find policies and more

Google has updated its Play Developer Policy Center to make things a bit more transparent for developers. Along with a Material Design-inspired refresh, Google is making it easier for developers to find relevant policies and more. Based on feedback from the community, Google was able to identify pain points for developers, and make some changes that make things easier on them. The company outlines the key changes as:

Thematic organization of policies, so it is easier for  [Read More…]

The 2017 Porsche 911 won’t use Android Auto, reportedly due to data collection policies

If you had plans on putting Android Auto inside the upcoming 2017 Porsche 911, you might want to think again. A new report claims that Porsche has nixed support for Google’s automotive technology system inside the latest model of its classic car, and the car maker is blaming Google’s apparent requirement that it sends data about the vehicle to its headquarters.

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Google updates its Play Developer Program Policies in an effort to maintain a positive experience for all

Google has rolled out a few changes to its Play Developer Program Policies, which are aimed at keeping the Play Store experience a positive one.

In an effort to maintain a positive experience in the Play Store, some changes have been made to the Google Play Developer Program Policies to provide some additional guidance to developers.

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Twitch changes VOD policies to mute copyrighted audio, wipe saved videos after 14 days

Amidst of rampant speculation that it has been acquired by Google, Twitch has implemented two big changes to the way it handles on-demand video (VOD) playback on its service. The changes, announced today in a pair of blog posts, inform Twitch users that the service will start muting sounds for VODs that it deems have unlicensed audio tracks, and that VODs will no longer be saved “forever.”

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Google is streamlining privacy policies, changes effective Mar. 1

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Google has announced that it is in the process of streamlining its privacy policy, combining more than 60 current documents for various products into one easy to read version, with less of the “legal gloop” and complicated language.  Starting March 1, users will no longer have a different privacy statement for the various Google offerings.  This makes sense to us, especially if the promises of a document that’s easy to read and  [Read More…]