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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Google Play Weekly

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! Here are the headlines this week!

And now here are five Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week!

Swiftkey icon free Android appsSwiftKey Keyboard

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
First up this week is SwiftKey Keyboard. They have been super busy over this holiday season and they continue to be. They have released some new themes inspired by the Disney Movie frozen. There are a total of six themes they are essentially ice blue keyboards that also display your favorite characters from the movie. Given that it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, it’s a good, fun, and relatively cheap way to decorate for the season.
Get it on Google Play
Frozen Swiftkey android apps

christmas in hd android appsChristmas in HD Live Wallpaper

[Price: Free / $0.99]
If you’re really getting into the holiday spirit, Christmas in HD is a newer live wallpaper that will help you out with that. It features parallax effects, lens blur effects, and some seriously gorgeous Christmas scenery. There is a free version and a paid version and perhaps the best part about both of them is that neither uses any permissions. It’s a great way to them your device for the holidays.
Get it on Google Play

simcity buildit android appsSimCity BuildIt

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
SimCity BuildIt brings you back to the classic days of SimCity but with arguably better graphics. This last week they released a sizable update that includes better support for international play and a range of bug fixes and performance improvements. If you enjoyed the SimCity of the olden days, you’ll probably enjoy this title and it’s free to play with in app purchases.
Get it on Google Play

baldur's gate II android appsBaldur’s Gate II

[Price: $9.99 with in app purchases]
Baldur’s Gate II has been released on Android and old school PC RPG fans rejoiced. The controls and graphics are about the same as they were on the original Baldur’s Gate which was released for Android earlier this year so if you’ve been playing that one, this should have that same look and feel. The game also includes all the expansions and some extra, non-game content that you can purchase through in app purchases.
Get it on Google Play
baldur's gate android apps

PushBullet free Android appsPushbullet

[Price: Free]
Last up this week is Pushbullet. The app allows you to see your phone notifications on your PC and it also allows you to send things between your devices easily and reply to texts. The latest update now allows you to use quick actions. So you can do things like archive emails in Gmail or do pretty much whatever you could before in quick actions on your device. The best part is the app remains free.
Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we missed any awesome Android apps or games news this week, let us know about it in the comments!

Google adds more countries for carrier billing and Play Card

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Since a lot of people are expected to buy smartphones and tablets this coming Christmas season, it’s important for Google to have as many payment options as possible for those who want to purchase apps and games. There is still a huge segment of the market that don’t have credit cards, so other options should be available. The tech giant has added even more carriers and countries to their growing list where users can use their carrier and Google Play Cards to purchase digital content.

First off, carrier billing, where you can charge your Google Play Store purchases to your mobile carrier, is expanding to 7 more operators in various European countries. Telnor from Hungary, Orange Romania from Romania, and Turkcell from Turkey are now part of the countries and operators that Google is allowing to do carrier billing. The others to join this list are 02 from Czech Republic, TIM from Italy, Orange from Poland, and H3G from the UK. The latter countries already have other carriers that do operator billing as well.

Meanwhile, six more countries have been added to the list of privileged nations that can buy digital content by using Google Play Cards. Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden residents can purchase these cards at various convenience stores in order to buy all the apps, games, movies, books, and music that they can with the denomination they have on the cards (well, provided that those kind of content are available in their countries).

Belgium, Finland, and Ireland have denominations of 15, 25, and 50 Euros while Denmark, Norway, and Sweden get 150, 250, and 500 Krone/Krona cards. All in all, Google now has 28 countries with Google Play Cards, but there are no announced plans yet to add to that list.

VIA: Android Police (1,2)

Google continues on its quest to expand its Play Store gift cards worldwide availibility

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Google took to its support page earlier today to notify consumers that its Play Store gift cards are now available in an additional six countries in Europe. Denominations of the gift cards vary depending on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden will offer 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards, whilst the standard 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are being sold in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.

After you’ve purchased or received a gift card, you’ll need to redeem the code and apply it to your account. All you have to do is visit Google Play, sign into your account, visit the “redeem code” section and punch in the code. You can redeem your Google Play gift card in any of the three ways listed below:

  1. At Scratch to reveal the redemption code on the back of the gift card, and enter that code at – funds will automatically be applied to your Google Play balance.
  2. During the purchase flow: After choosing the digital content you want to buy, during the purchase flow, under Choose a payment method, select Redeem a Google Play Gift Card, and enter the redemption code found under the scratch-off section of your gift card.
  3. Using the Redeem option on the Google Play Store app on your device: Launch the Google Play Store app, then tap Menu > Redeem, and enter the redemption code from the back of the gift card.

Once the credit has been applied to your account, you’ll be able to purchase applications, games movies, books, music, TV shows and magazines, which can all be downloaded directly from the Play Store and stored straight on your Android device. If you wish to find out more about Google’s Play Store gift cards – click the source link below.

Source: Google

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Amazon app axed from Play Store, returns as shopping-only app

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

If you praised the Amazon overlords for pooling almost all their retail offers, both physical and digital, into a single Android app, you might start hurling profanities at this latest development. Though you might be hurling them at the wrong people. Amazon’s revamped Appstore was apparently removed from Google Play Store because Google subtly changed one of its criteria for allowing apps on Google Play Store. Now the Amazon app has returned, sans the ability to buy apps and games.

Last October, Amazon acknowledged, though it seemed only in passing, that its app on Google Play Store now also allowed users to buy apps directly within it, a functionality previously only found in a separate Android Appstore app that you will have to manually download and install from Amazon (unless you’re already using a Kindle Fire or Fire Phone, in which case this probably shouldn’t matter to you). But suddenly the app disappeared from Play Store listings. Some say Google kicked it out, Amazon says it pulled it out itself.

Whoever did it, the reason was a change in Google’s “Developer Distribution Agreement”, the contract that stipulates which apps will be allowed on Google Play Store. Previously there was a part there that said that an app’s primary and sole goal should not be to distribute apps and games on Android devices outside of Market (previous name of Google Play Store). This clearly forbids any direct competitor to Google Play Store, though it doesn’t specify if it should be selling or just distributing apps. Now the Agreement is more generic, covering apps that distribute apps and game even just as a sideline. Obviously, this covers the new Amazon app.

And so the new, now old, Amazon app with Appstore inside has been replaced with the old, now new, Amazon app dedicated solely for shopping. The Amazon app with apps and games, however, can still be downloaded from Google Play Store via a direct link. You just won’t be able to search for it. You can also download the Amazon Appstore directly from Amazon as well.

This development is rather intriguing and perhaps a bit worrying to some extent. On one hand, it’s only reasonable to expect that Google doesn’t want any competition from its Play Store, which is actually also a way to enforce security (by discouraging installing apps from third party sources). On the other hand, Google is perhaps casting too wide a net just to get Amazon’s new app out, potentially affecting even small apps that try not to outdo Google, but offer more convenience and even a bit of security (downloading from a single app rather than from random web links) for apps that aren’t or can’t be available from Google Play Store.

VIA: SlashGear

Game of Thrones by Telltale Games brings war to the Google Play Store

Posted by wicked December - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones that have been waiting for a new game to hit for Android can now celebrate. Wasting no time in making it to Android, Telltales Games has released Episode 1 of their Game of Thrones adventure game.

Game of Thrones (A Telltale Games Series) is available now for $4.99 in the Google Play Store.

Game of Thrones Telltale Games specs

The game is based on the world of Westeros as depicted in the HBO television series, which is, of course, based on the books by George R. R. Martin. You take on the decision making role of House Forrester, a northern noble family loyal to Winterfell, and what remains of house Stark.

As with the Walking Dead Telltale series’, you get to control various characters along a ‘choose your own adventure’ story line. The decisions you make will influence the flow of the game, I mean, flow of the story. As you may imagine, staying true to the vision of Mr. Martin, a character or two may meet their end along the way. Hopefully you can make the right choices to make it to the end yourself, without loosing many of your friends. Best remember to make a few game saves along the way, just in case.

Game of Thrones Telltale Games bloody sword

Telltale Games like to create an immersive world for you to explore, with beautiful drawings and animations, plus, they have enlisted the actors from the show to voice their own characters. As such, you are going to need at least an Android 2.3.3 device with mid to high end specs to proceed. Just to see how it would work, I’ve installed on a first gen. Moto G and it works just fine. A couple stutters here and there, but not so much to ruin the experience.

Game of Thrones will have six episodes, and each will cost you at least a few dollars. Episode 1, as is available right now, will run you $4.99, but the Google Play listing shows in-app purchases valued at $19.99. I hope you’ve been saving your Google Opinion Rewards.

Game of Thrones Telltale Episode 2 aa

Being that the game is best experienced when you are using headphones, you may want to check back on our best headphones of 2014 listing, and maybe there are still a few deals to be had as well.

Grab Game of Thrones, a Telltale game series, for $4.99 from the Google Play Store and remember that the game is no more family friendly than the show, with profanities and a brutal death, or ten, within the first few minutes of the game. Stay tuned for future episodes and possilby the television series itself on your Android device with the upcoming HBO standalone streaming service.

Is a Game of Thrones game enough to get you to drop $5 on an Android app?

Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey add more purchase options for Google Play Store

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

As Android devices continue to dominate most markets, particularly outside the United States, app downloading from the Google Play Store continues to rise as well. But sometimes, for countries where credit cards aren’t the norm, actually buying apps is still a problem. Google has been helping some regions get around this stumbling block by offering other payment options, and now Indonesia, South Korea, and Turkey are three countries included in their list.

For Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world, one of their biggest carriers Indosat, has added support for Play Store billing. This means that users who are on the carrier can charge their app purchases to their carrier billing. This way of payment is seen as a much more convenient way of buying content from Google Play Store and now Indonesians can enjoy this option too.


For South Korea and Turkey, their option comes in the form of the availability of Google Play gift cards in their local convenience stores. These cards come in different denominations and can be used to make app and in-app purchases on the Google Play Store. Again, if you don’t have a credit card, this is a great option, especially if you’ve always wanted to add more apps to your device but didn’t have the payment option before.


Indosat is not yet in the list of supported carriers from Google, but they have already advertised the fact on their own website. As for the Google Play gift cards in the two countries, they’re already available in 25, 50, and 100 lira denominations for Turkey and ₩15,000 to ₩50,000 and more options for South Korea.

VIA: Android Police (1, 2)

Select Sega games are discounted today only on Google Play

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

segaWith only a few weeks until Christmas, we’re starting to see quite a few app sales on Google Play. As opposed to offering a big list of randomly discounted apps for the holidays like we’ve seen in the past, the addition of “Google Play Weekly Deals” has helped offer up a wider variety of discounts throughout the weeks. As part of the “Weekly Deals” promotion, it’s Sega’s turn to offer up some discounted apps.qq

Among other deals in this promotion, a total of five Sega games have a discounted price, but only until December 11th. That means you have about two days left to grab some great games!

Here’s what Sega has to offer today:

Sega’s games are known to be pretty pricey, with some even ranging up to $5. Many users don’t want to spend that much on an app, so it’s nice to see Google Play and Sega cutting down the price a bit.

Do you see anything you like on the list?

Microsoft Next Lock Screen for Android is an all-in-one info centre

Posted by Tom December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Microsoft Garage has updated its Next Lock Screen for Android.

The latest version of the app is the most complete to date. It displays weather info, allows users to show or hide the system status bar, select home wallpaper as the lock background and displays in a user-friendly way all calls and notifications.

The app is available now on the Google Play Store and can be used on any device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onward.

Via slashgear

Raccoon is a desktop downloader for Google Play Store apps

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

There are quite a few ways to run an Android app. We run it normally via our Android devices, but we can also sideload apps via a number of environments friendly to Android apps, such as the Chrome environment or a Bluestacks Android emulator. But the only way to download an app is through the Google Play Store, which is of course installed on an Android device. Not anymore – the Raccoon Google Play Desktop Client will allow you to do just that.

If you want to browse the Google Play Store from a non-Android device – say for example, your desktop PC which has Windows OS – you can use the Raccoon Google Play desktop client to download the APK installers from the store. This is very handy if you want to keep copies of the installers on your hard drive.


The Raccoon app communicates to the Google Play server saying it’s an Android 5.0 device, so you get the latest versions of the apps you’re looking for. Of course, you have to provide your Google username and password – which you understandably might not want to do. Easy enough, you can create a Google account just for Raccoon.

Check out the official XDA thread of the Raccoon app here, and search out the download link. You can also check out the source code for the app via Github, so that you know it’s not doing anything fishy with your account.

VIA: Liliputing

Buy a Chromecast for $15, well kinda

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Google is currently running an offer to entice people to buy a Chromecast. In the USA, the device costs just $35.00 but if you buy one by December 21, Google will give you $20 of Google Play credit. A quick bit of maths, $35 minus $20 equals $15. There is one caveat however, the $20 credit can’t be used to buy devices from the Play Store, you can only use it to buy digital content: apps, books, movies etc. If you don’t want to get the device via Google Play, you could pick it up from Amazon for just $33.30 and still get the $20 of credit!

To get your credit you need to set up your Chromecast before 12/31/2014 and visit to receive a code. Once the credit has been added to your Google Play account you have until  January 31, 2016 to spend it.


For those in the UK, Google is running a similar offer. The device costs £30, but if you buy a Chromecast between now and 31 January 2015, you get £15 of Google Play credit. As with the USA offer, you must  set up your Chromecast and visit before 31 January 2015. Google UK are also offering 90 days of All Access to Google Play Music for free. After the 90 day period the standard £9.99 per month charge applies.

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