Make Tech Easier: How to Use Google Play Like a Pro with These Useful Tips. “You can do a lot more with Google Play than just install apps. If you know where to look, you can also get info on apps you might usually only see once you tap on the install button.” Quick roundup, useful hints.
BuzzFeed News: Exclusive: Google Is Banning A Play Store Developer With More Than Half A Billion App Installs. “As of today, 46 apps from DO Global, which is partly owned by internet giant Baidu, are gone from the Play store. BuzzFeed News also found that DO Global apps no longer offer ad inventory for purchase via Google’s AdMob network, suggesting the ban has also been extended to the internet giant’s ad products.”
PC Magazine: To Stop Shady Apps, Google To Scrutinize First-Time Developers. “To better protect Android users from malicious apps, Google plans on spending more time vetting new developers who want to publish over the Google Play store.”
News18: Apple And Google Face Antitrust Proceedings For Allegedly Promoting Own Apps. “Apple, already the subject of EU antitrust scrutiny, on Thursday became the target of a Dutch investigation for allegedly favouring its own apps on its popular App Store. Dutch competition agency ACM suggested the investigation may be expanded to Google’s Play Store in future because of similar business practices by the company. Both services are lucrative money spinners for Apple and Google.”
The Japan Times: Google barred from LGBT+ equality index over ‘life-threatening’ app. “One of the top U.S. LGBT charities ejected Google from a gay and transgender rights ranking on Thursday for hosting an app that advises people on how to ‘recover’ from same-sex attraction.” But wait, there’s more. Google has removed the app after a lot of public pushback.
The Quint: Google Won’t Pull App That Lets Men Track and Control Women. “Google has declined to remove controversial Saudi Arabia app Absher from its Play Store, Business Insider reported. The all-purpose government app also offers features that lets men track and control the movement of women. Google declined the removal of the app saying that it does not violate any of its agreements and hence, continues to stay on Google Play Store.”
Ars Technica: Google Play apps with >10 million installs drain batteries, jack up data charges. “Is your Android phone feeling hot to the touch, acting sluggish, in need of frequent charges, or using dramatically more data than it used to? It may be a victim of DrainerBot, a major fraud operation distributed through Google Play apps with more than 10 million downloads, researchers said Wednesday.”