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July 14

Kakaotalk removes external billing from its Android app to comply with Google’s rules [U]

The Google Play Store has been cracking down on its billing policies over the past couple of years, and some major apps have complied with the new rules. In South Korea, though, Google had resorted to blocking updates to the popular messaging app Kakaotalk, as the app was refusing to comply with billing rules. Now, though, Kakaotalk has agreed to Google’s terms.

June 21

Google removes ‘Movies & TV’ tab from Play Store on Android [U]

As announced in March, Google Play users on Android are starting to see the Movies & TV store disappear from the app.

May 27

Google Play app listings adding ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section

In addition to the web redesign becoming more widely available, Google Play is rolling out a rather granular “Compatibility for your active devices” section for app listings on Android.

May 26

Google Play Store web redesign widely rolling out [Gallery]

As first tested in November, Google is rolling out a big redesign of the web Play Store that brings it inline with other services after many years of the same user interface. 

May 20

PayPal offering $10 reward for your first purchase on Google Play

In a bit of cross-promotion, PayPal is offering a $10 reward for making a purchase on Google Play through their payment service.

Bandcamp will keep in-app billing on Android for now, as Google & Epic battle it out [U]

Just last month, Epic Games announced that it would acquire the music platform Bandcamp. Now, Bandcamp is the latest reason Epic Games is taking legal action against Google, this time over the tech giant’s Android app billing crackdown.

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January 25

How to use a Google Play gift card and where to buy one

The Google Play store offers tons of content for all customers – not just Android users. Movies, TV shows, books, and more can be found in the Play Store. A gift card for the Google Play store is a great gift for anyone. So how do you buy one and how can it be used? Read our guide to find out.

January 23, 2015

Google Play services ceasing in Crimea on 1st February, AdSense & AdWord blocks underway

Google has started to block AdSense and Adwords accounts in Crimea, and Google Play services will cease on 1st February, reports TechCrunch. The moves are being made in order to comply with sanctions on the Crimea region of the Ukraine imposed by the US Government.

Free services, like search, maps and gmail are all expected to remain unaffected, but all services involving payment to or from Google will cease, said Russian site Lenta.ru.

 “Google’s prohibited from providing paid services in the Crimea,” a source at Google told Lenta.ru. “In addition, Google cannot make payments to anyone in the Crimea. It is now technically impossible, as almost all international banks have ceased to make payments.”

The US joined the EU in imposing economic sanctions in protest at Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula, which legally remains part of the Ukraine. TechCrunch notes that the political conflict could escalate, with the possibility that Russian government may retaliate by blocking the sale of US imports into Russia–an important market for many US companies, including Google.

Apple terminated its own agreements with app developers in the region earlier this week, and has announced that all sales of Apple products and services will cease as of 1st February. Other companies are similarly ceasing business in the region, including both Steam and PayPal.

December 4, 2014

Google Play Store update rolling out w/ new My Account page, interface tweaks, more

A day after rolling out updates to nearly every app it makes, Google this afternoon has announced an update to the Play Store itself. In a post on Google+, Google employee Krill Grouchnikov announced the update, saying that it’s coming soon to Android devices everywhere. The update makes several user interface tweaks for both pre-Lollipop […]

June 24, 2014

Play Store revenues more than doubled, almost all of it from in-app purchases

New data from App Annie shows that revenue from apps downloaded via the Google Play store more than doubled between the first quarters of 2013 and 2014 – and that a staggering 98 percent of it comes from in-app purchases in apps that were free to download. Games continue to dominate the charts, accounting for […]

May 15, 2014

Google Play Store updated with interface tweaks, PayPal billing support

Earlier this afternoon Google announced that it was making several improvements to the billing capabilities of the Play Store, and now the company has updated the entire Play Store app to go along with it. Pushing the version number to 4.8.19, the update adds a few interface tweaks to the app, in addition to the […]

January 21, 2015

Amazon fires its Mobile Wallet app less than 6 months after its launch

Amazon has closed its beta Mobile Wallet app today, marking a step away from the mobile payment space for the Seattle, Washington-based company. We first told you about the app, which served as a hub for gift and loyalty cards, in July of 2014. The app launched in beta and was sadly incapable compared to the app offerings […]

January 29, 2020

Play Store prompting some to install Google Opinion Rewards for credits

On occasion, Google Play sends promotional push notifications about deals and app-related editorial content. Some users today were prompted in the Play Store to download Google Opinion Rewards as a way to earn Play credits.

August 13, 2020

Fortnite is offering direct payments w/ discounts to get around app store fees on Android, iOS

Epic Games has been very vocal about its distaste for 30% fees charged by Google and Apple, despite giving in and distributing its hit game Fortnite through the Play Store and App Store. Now, to get around those fees, Fortnite is adding “direct payments.”

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