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Google Play Books adds a nighttime reading mode that's easier on your eyes

Google is following Amazon's lead with a new mode for its ebooks app that makes reading at night more pleasant and comfortable for your eyes. Similar to the updated Kindle tablet software we saw last week, Google Play Books does this by gradually filtering the amount of blue light displayed by the …

Google Play will let parents be stricter about what their kids can see

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is making its app store more welcoming to kids and families.<p>The company is rolling out a new experience within its Play Store …

Google Play Games Gets Recording Feature on Android

Easily record gameplay on your phone or tablet.<p>Google wants to make YouTube Gaming the premiere platform for all gaming content and making it easy to …

Google Play

Play Store to add Developer Pages, A/B app listings, and more

Developers get the tools to better promote themselves and maximise user profit.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—App developers don't really have a home on the Play …

Apps

Google, Reaching for Revenue, Will Allow Search Ads in Play Store

As growth slows for Google, the search giant is pulling an important new sales lever.<p>In a blog post Thursday, the company said it will let software developers pay to promote their apps in the Play store for the first time. It described the program as a “pilot” involving a limited number of …

Apps

Google App Approvals to Address Parental and Cultural Concerns

Google Inc. unveiled a new ratings system and approval process for its Android store, seeking to reassure parents about what’s available on their …

App Store

Google app developers see brighter 2015

LOS ANGELES — Google continues to dominate market share with its Android operating system for smartphones and tablets — which, for developers, has always been a double-edged sword.<p>Yes, the masses prefer Android, but mostly via less-expensive phones, which means they tend to spend less on apps.<p>Ahead …

Apps

These Are the People Picking Your Next Internet Radio Song

It’s never been easier to listen to music–and never harder to decide <i>what</i> to listen to. First, Apple let us digitize our music libraries and put them …

Why Google Play Music Won My Time, Attention, and Money

Google designed the music app I’ve always wanted.<p>A few days ago, my friend Paul Armstrong wrote about his frustrations in finding a new streaming …

Why I ditched Spotify for Google Music

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — This week I just ditched Spotify for Google Play Music. Here's why.<p>Spotify, the world’s most popular streaming music service, gave me access to most of the world’s recorded music.<p>But so does Google Play Music. And it's a better deal.<p>I'm more than willing to pay $9.99 …

Music

Google Play is giving away Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album for free

Still don’t have<p>Michael Jackson’s seminal “Thriller” album? Well, you’re in luck if you’re a Google Play user.<p>To mark the 33rd anniversary of the best-selling record of all time, the digital retailer is giving it away for free, starting Friday.<p>For the next week, Google Play is offering free …

Music

Hey, Comic Book Nerds: Google Wants You to Peruse Its Play Store

The comic book store goes mobile.<p>An uncontroversial claim: People who like comic books <i>really like</i> comic books. So Google, a company obsessed with organizing information and bent of late on building a comprehensive media offering through its app store, would like these fans to spend their time with …

Google Play Music streaming service has free option

Google has submitted a renewed entry into the music streaming battle. The Internet giant announced Tuesday that Google Play Music would now have a …

Google officially embraces the podcast

Google on Tuesday announced that it will officially support podcasts for Android, through its Google Play store.<p>According to an official post from Google, the company is launching an official podcast portal on its Google Play store and will soon launch a consumer service to let you listen to …

Google Play

LG's smart TVs will stream Google Play movies this month

Who said that TVs with Google Play Movies & TV had to be running Android? Certainly not LG. It just announced that many of its recent smart TVs (including both webOS- and NetCast-based models) will offer Google Play streaming this month. While it's not as if you've been hurting for viewing options …

This Drake Playlist Is Basically Fan Fiction Come To Life

We're going to assume that you're 90% emotionally recovered from the "Hotline Bling" video. So, you're ready for the next interesting way to …

Google wants Android developers to make more kid-friendly apps

Amazon has had a hard time keeping up with the sheer breadth of Google Play's app selection, but it's done a pretty great job when it comes to putting a spotlight on kid and family content. There's FreeTime Unlimited, a (cheap) monthly subscription service that gives younger users access to a wide …

How Google Play is Closing the App Gap With Apple

As huge as YouTube is around the globe, it’s not the only clout Google brings to the content business. Google Play is available on more than 1 …

App Store

Google fires another volley at Apple in the war of the app stores

Google Play is growing up.<p>For years, the search giant’s store for apps, music, books, TV shows, and movies for Android devices has been battling its …

Google Play is becoming serious business

Google’s Play Store is taking off. It has handed out more than $7bn to app developers in the last 12 months. And after an apparent slow-down at …

Google Play

Google announces Literata, its new e-book typeface

Google has announced a new typeface for Google Books: Literata.<p>Replacing Droid Serif as the default typeface for e-books via Google Books, Google says Literata is “<i>perfect for long reads on all devices</i>”.<p>“Europe's leading digital technology conference”It's happening, Join 15k digital minds to shape …

Google Play

Google Music Crunches Your Data to Craft Perfect Playlists

When Google tells you hey, heads up, we're launching an ad-supported version of Google Music tomorrow, you immediately come to a single question: <i>What</i> …

Google Is Folding All of Songza Into Play Music. But Songza Is Okay With That!

There's no crying in music streaming! The acquisition was #ConsciousCoupling.<p>Google has a mixed record on acquisitions. Big ones, like Android, YouTube, DoubleClick and Keyhole (which became Google Earth) became cornerstones of the company. Some smaller buys, however, disintegrated — the products …

Google Play Music’s new $14.99 family plan is the best deal in streaming

Everyone in the family also gets YouTube Red<p>Google's finally rolling out the six-person, $14.99 family plan for Google Play Music that it first teased over two months ago. In a blog post, the company announced it'll start taking signups via Android "in the coming days." People in the United States, …

Rolling Stone Teams Up With Google Play To Monetize Its Archives

The magazine’s challenge: Design a digital home for five decades’ worth of stories.<p>When Robin Williams died last year, mourning fans turned to the web–and <i>Rolling Stone</i> was ready for them.<p>“It was an incredibly sad moment, but the next day we promoted three cover stories about Robin Williams and the …

Google’s Music Service Just Got Way More Useful

David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Jon Shenk—AP<p>Google/AP<p>Google/AP<p>Google/AP<p>Bryan Bedder—Getty Images for Engadget Expand<p>Getty Images<p>Andrea …