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Google is putting short videos on Play Store to aid app discovery

If you think almost every app has some form of vertical video, add one more unexpected one to the list: Google Play Store. Google has introduced an original video series called “The Play Report&

Xiaomi said Mi Music app was unavailable on the Play Store because of ‘technical issues’

Update 08/08/2023 3:15 PM IST: The company said that the Mi Music app was unavailable due to “technical issues.” The app is now available to download for users again. The headline is updat

Google pulls its AI Test Kitchen app from Play Store and App Store

Google has pulled its AI Test Kitchen app from the Play Store and the App Store to focus solely on the web platform. The company launched the AI Test Kitchen experience last year to let users interact

Google Play developers will be able to push you to update your apps

In addition to its AI-powered Play Store updates, Google also introduced today several new security and privacy features for both app developers and Play Store users at its I/O developer conference. T

Google brings AI and more to the Play Store

Google is bringing its AI technology to the Play Store. At this week’s developer event, Google I/O, the company announced several new ways for developers to use its AI to build and optimize thei

User spending goes up by more than 4000% on AI-powered apps

Given the rising interest in generative AI tools like text-based ChatGPT and image-based Midjourney, AI-powered apps are growing in numbers and popularity in both app stores. A report by analytics fir

Popular Android apps’ Play Store privacy labels don’t match up to their claims, Mozilla says

Google added privacy nutrition labels for apps on the Play Store last April, bringing more transparency to its Android marketplace in response to Apple introducing similar stringent rules. These label

App Store and Play Store are flooded with dubious ChatGPT apps

ChatGPT is the hottest topic of discussion in the tech industry. OpenAI’s chatbot that answers questions in natural language has attracted interest from users and developers. Some developers are

Google Play revamp to highlight higher-quality apps, offer new promotional capabilities

Google today announced it’s making several changes to the Google Play Store that will impact Android apps’ discoverability, how developers can market their apps to consumers and various tr

Google filing says EU’s antitrust division is investigating Play Store practices

A Google regulatory filing appears to have confirmed rumors in recent months that the European Union’s competition division is looking into how it operates its smartphone app store, the Play Sto

Google removes The OG App from the Play Store as founders think about next steps

Almost a week after Apple removed from the App Store The OG App, an Instagram client that promised to provide an ad-free and suggestion-free feed, Google followed the suit and booted the app off the P

Parler forms a new parent company to offer ‘uncancelable’ cloud services

One of the alternative social networks to emerge out of the social media backlash of the Trump era is apparently going to try something new. Parler announced Friday that it has acquired a cloud compan

This Week in Apps: Twitter’s edit button, BeReal clones, Trump’s Truth Social gets blocked

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached $65 billion in th

Google will allow alternative payment systems for Play Store in more countries

Google announced today it’s expanding the user choice billing program for Play Store — which lets users choose alternative payment systems for in-app purchases — to India, Australia, Indones

Google blocks Truth Social from the Play Store — Will Apple be next?

Google’s decision to block the Truth Social app’s launch on the Play Store over content moderation issues raises the question as to why Apple hasn’t taken similar action over the iOS

This Week in Apps: Whistleblowing drama, Instagram’s teen safety features, Twitter adds podcasts

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached $65 billion in th

Google says it has pulled over 2,000 personal loan apps from Play Store in India this year

Google says it has pulled more than 2,000 personal loan apps from its Play Store in India, and is working to make some changes to its policy at a time when the local central bank is increasingly crack

Google announces new Play Store policies around intrusive ads, impersonation and more

Google announced new Play Store policies for developers on Wednesday that aim to address issues with intrusive ads, alarms, VPNs and impersonation of brands and other apps. The company said these poli

Google is reinstating app permissions list on Play Store

Google said today it’s reinstating the app permissions list on the Play Store after initially removing them in place of Data Safety labels that rolled out earlier this month. However, the compan

Google introduces new in-app purchase policy for EEA users

Google said today it will allow developers of non-gaming apps on the Play Store to provide alternative billing systems for in-app transactions and purchases for users based in the European Economic Ar
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