Google continues to update their mostly unused Play Games app and the latest revamp sports a more useful layout that lacks any pizaz of the previous design. Very few people still use game hubs like Google Play Games, but that hasn’t stopped Google from keeping theirs up to date over the last year with the […]
Come comment on this article: Google Play Games receives more useful but bland design
Subscription game services are all the rage lately. The concept goes all the way back to Gamefly with physical discs, but it’s changed more recently to accommodate digital delivery. PlayStation Now was the first major entry into the space, but was plagued with connection issues since many users didn’t have internet fast enough to handle […]
Come comment on this article: Google’s going to give Apple Arcade some competition with Google Play Pass, a subscription service for games
Google is testing a service called Play Pass that would offer users "hundreds of premium apps and games" for a monthly fee, according to Android Police. The idea of the offering cropped up last year on XDA Developers after users spotted code referenc…
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Can it run DOOM? If it’s an Android smartphone, yeah. It can run DOOM. This really isn’t anything new, since DOOM does quite literally run on almost anything with a processor and screen, but Bethesda has kicked off QuakeCon with an announcement that DOOM and DOOM II, the classic first-person shooters of the 90’s, are […]
Come comment on this article: Relive 90’s gaming with Bethesda’s rereleases of DOOM and DOOM II on the Play Store
The Google Play Store has had a rough time in the last few months, with malicious developers, ad-infected apps, and copycat problems making headlines. These are all mostly unavoidable things, at least in small amounts, when you’re dealing with something the size of the Play Store with as many users and developers that Google is […]
Come comment on this article: Google drops the ban hammer on CooTek, removing their adware from the Play Store
Players will soon get a chance to battle it out with DeepMind's Starcraft II AI. Alphabet and Blizzard will test AlphaStar in a small number of public matches. It'll be a Herculean task for the human players, to put it lightly. The AI has the accumul…
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Minecraft is celebrating its 10th birthday by making its Classic version easily playable on web browsers. You don't need to download any files to make it work, and you don't have to pay a cent for access. Since Classic was only the second phase in th…
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Google has added a staple feature to YouTube Music, turning it into music player that’s finally competitive with the Microsoft Zune and your old iPod that’s sitting in a drawer somewhere. Yep, YouTube Music can now play your local files instead of streaming everything. What year is it, again? This feature is long, long overdue, […]
Come comment on this article: YouTube Music can now play local files, just like your iPod in 2009
Lenovo is looking to continue last year’s underwhelming new Motorola One (P30) mobile line, and the first has just been leaked in all its… glory? Motorola has been a known medium in the mid-range since they launched their successful line of ‘Moto G‘ phones back in 2013 when they still worked under Google, and featured […]
Come comment on this article: Awful Motorola One P40 Play renders fully leaked
I must hand it to Lenovo, for all the many issues and shortcomings their Moto phones have had, especially when it comes to updates, it appears they will actually continue supporting their ‘Moto Mods‘ on their upcoming Moto Z4 Play. Lenovo debuted their line of semi-modular phones back in 2016, with the introduction of the well-reviewed Moto […]
Come comment on this article: Leaked Moto Z4 Play renders reveal it will maintain Moto Mods, surprisingly
Huawei isn’t the only one breaking records, as Google has officially crossed the 1 billion download threshold with their video calling app, Duo. It did it just in time for the end of 2018, too. Part of the reason why Duo has hit such high numbers is because it’s a pre-installed application for new Android […]
Come comment on this article: Google Duo hits a major milestone with 1 billion downloads from the Play Store
Google typically removes malicious apps from the Play Store, and that’s not anything new or notable. It’s their digital storefront so they should stay on top of keeping it clean from potentially dangerous apps. However, after their last round of nixing 22 apps from the Play Store, it turns out that maybe Google let some […]
Come comment on this article: 22 apps on the Google Play Store had a massive security problem and millions of downloads
Google has been developing a new operating system, Fuchsia, for all kinds of devices and until now they’ve been exclusively in charge of testing. In a surprise reveal, Huawei announced that it will use the Honor Play as a testbed for Fuchsia, with that phone being the first mainstream device to do so. Huawei made […]
Come comment on this article: Google’s Fuchsia OS will be tested by Huawei on the Honor Play
Google has added some new notifications to the Play Store with the intention of making things a little easier when migrating from your old phone to your new device. I can’t help but think how perfect it is that this new feature rolled out during the holidays when everyone’s buying new gadgets, but that’s beside […]
Come comment on this article: Google Play has new notifications to help you re-install apps from your previous devices
While it’s been in beta for some time, Jagex has officially launched the mobile version of Old School Runescape on the Play Store for anyone to download and jump in. It’s almost exactly like the older version of the insanely popular browser MMORPG, but optimized for smaller screens and touch input. Old School Runescape is […]
Come comment on this article: Old School Runescape officially launches on the Play Store
When Apple unveiled their upgraded 4K Apple TV box, they also introduced a new feature for iTunes content purchases that would automatically give users 4K versions of their movies and TV shows, when available. So when Google announced that they’d be bringing 4K content to the Play Store, it was obviously pretty disappointing that they […]
Come comment on this article: Google now offers free 4K upgrades for Play Movies and TV purchases
For those interested in replacement home screen apps on their Android phone, one that has been popular recently is the Rootless Pixel Launcher. The popularity stems from the fact that it emulates much of what Google makes available in Android 9.0 Pie, but can be installed on an Android 8.x Oreo powered device. Until very […]
Come comment on this article: Rootless Pixel Launcher pulled from Google Play Store
This week, Valve announced a new beta version of Steam Play that includes a Windows emulator for Linux. This project is part of Steam's effort to bring more compatible games to Linux, allowing those users to play a larger subset of the service's back…
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Valve's Steam Machine platform hasn't really taken off, and it's not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn't a lot to play. Thankfully, the company…
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By now you’ve probably heard the rumors that Fortnite will be launching alongside the Galaxy Note 9 in a few days, probably, but it turns out it might not be showing up on the Play Store that same day. Or ever, if Epic’s plans shake out. Instead of showing up on Google’s de facto app […]
Come comment on this article: Epic won’t be putting Fortnite on the Play Store, offering a direct download instead
Popular media player app, VLC, has announced that Huawei smartphones are blacklisted from downloading and installing the app from Play Store because of EMUI’s aggressive power management policy of killing background apps. After numerous one-star reviews on the Play Store from Huawei users complaining about the VLC app not playing audio in the background, the developer […]
Come comment on this article: Recent Huawei phones blacklisted by VLC on Play Store
Alto’s Odyssey, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Alto’s Adventure, launched earlier this year on iOS and the App Store. Fans of the original were happy, but on the Android side of the fence, we were left in the dark without the newer game. Good news for us, that wait is finally over. Alto’s […]
Come comment on this article: Alto’s Odyssey officially launches on the Play Store
A few weeks ago Carrot Weather launched into a quiet beta on the Play Store, finally giving Android users a taste of one of the best weather apps on iOS, which also happens to be one of my personal favorite apps, period. Today that app leaves its beta tag behind and is officially available for […]
Come comment on this article: Carrot Weather officially brings storms and earthquakes to the Google Play Store
After its recent announcement at E3, Pokémon Quest has made its appearance on the Play Store in the form of a pre-registration page. Pokémon fans won’t have too long to wait because it is scheduled for a June 16 launch, just a few days away from now. Pokémon Quest, if you were wondering, is a free-to-play […]
Come comment on this article: Pokémon Quest pre-registration page is live on the Play Store
Amazon’s Prime devices are cheaper ways to get new devices, and now that they’ve removed all the intrusive lock screen advertisements it ends up being a really great deal, if you’re a Prime subscriber. The next two devices to join the part are both from Motorola, so if you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Moto […]
Come comment on this article: Amazon and Motorola add the Moto G6 Play and Z3 Play to the Prime family
If you’ve watched the somewhat surreal Westworld TV series from HBO, you may want to pay particular attention to the game that Warner Bros. has just published on the Play Store, some three months after preregistrations began. The game puts you in charge of managing the park at Westworld, where you’ll have to entertain each of […]
Come comment on this article: HBO’s Westworld mobile game has landed in the Play Store
It wasn't that long ago that Motorola revealed its new G-series phones, and it's already giving us yet another option to consider. This time, we're looking at the Moto Z3 Play — it's the follow-up to one of the brand's most beloved smartphones,…
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Believed to be launching next week on June 6th for the Brazil market followed by wider global availability, apparent official images of the Motorola Moto Z3 Play leaked to the web today. The Motorola Moto Z3 Play is the latest update to one of Motorola’s mid-tier line of devices. That means the hardware is not […]
Come comment on this article: Official images of Motorola Moto Z3 Play leaked
The Moto G6 lineup has leaked again, showing pretty much everything you care about from the device ahead of Lenovo and Motorola making it official. The leak includes the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play, confirming we’ll get a continuation of most of Motorola’s current offerings. The Moto G6 and Moto G6 […]
Come comment on this article: The Moto G6 family has leaked, including the G6 Plus and G6 Play
In case you somehow missed it, we are getting very close to the release of of a huge MARVEL Avengers movie that claims to be the biggest “crossover” in cinematic history. With so many characters coming together for the theatrical release, it only makes sense that something similar would be done in the gaming market. […]
Come comment on this article: ‘MARVEL Strike Force’ officially launched in Play Store
It’s fair to say that smart speakers such as the Google Home and Home Mini have taken off in a big way in the last year or so, but there are still some notable frustrations to be experienced. One of these niggles was the inability to pair your Google Home, Home Mini, or Home Max […]
Come comment on this article: Google Home’s multi-room audio will now play through other Bluetooth speakers
Google brought 4K movie rentals and purchases to Google Play Movies late last year, but like most of Google’s brand new features, it was limited in rollout to just a few countries. In this case, only the US and Canada had access to Google’s full selection of digital 4K content. That’s apparently changing as of […]
Come comment on this article: Google Play expands 4K and HDR movies to more countries around the world
Last week’s leak took the surprise out of audiobooks making their way to the Google Play Store, but at least now it’s official. Google has posted a blog detailing the new section of their digital storefront, and everyone can grab a 50% discount on their first audiobook purchase. Unlike other services, Google is touting this […]
Come comment on this article: You can now buy your audiobooks directly on Google Play
Google is now rolling out a promised fix for Chromecast built-in devices, such as Google Home, Android TV, Chromecast, etc., to kill a bug wreaking havoc on Wi-Fi connections with slowdowns and even outages. Affected routers include those from TP-Link, ASUS, Linksys, Netgear and Synology. The issue was described as one that in certain situations, a […]
Come comment on this article: Google Play services update fixes Chromecast Wi-Fi bug
It doesn’t matter if you prefer to call it soccer or football; if you are a fan of the sport you can lose hours of your life either playing the game in real-life or following your favorite team. You can also lose entire days playing the game online, which means that the release of Football […]
Come comment on this article: SEGA’s Football Manager Mobile 2018 is now available on the Play Store
A new design element was found several weeks ago in the Google Play Store that violated Google’s own Material Design guidelines. A nested navigation bar is suddenly appearing under a main tab of categories. As an example in the picture above, you can see Pop, Alternative, Rock, etc. under the main categories, Genre, Artist, Album, […]
Come comment on this article: A nested tab design is hitting the Google Play Store, violating Google’s own design guidelines
As you may be aware, Twitter is currently trialing an expanded character count. Yes, the platform known for restrictive tweets, is giving select users 280 characters to play around with, up from its default 140. If you're not one of the lucky few wit…
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Yesterday Google announced a new certification they are rolling out for the Android device market. Called Google Play Protect, Google says the new certification is available for Android device manufacturers. To obtain the certification, manufacturers will have to be willing to submit their devices to a battery of compatibility tests designed to ensure they adhere […]
Come comment on this article: Google introduces new Play Protect certification for Android devices
Vizio has been adding streaming apps to its smart TVs these past few weeks, including Netflix and Amazon Video. The latest addition to its streaming apps collection? Google Play Movies & TV. The company is making the app available on its high-end…
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Google has announced some revisions to the way apps show up in the Google Play Store in an effort to push developers to give more attention to quality and to help users enjoy their apps more. In the announcement from Andrew Ahn, Product Manager with Google Play, he notes the team’s efforts should result in helping […]
Come comment on this article: Google adds app quality component to Google Play
If you have never been a subscriber to Google’s Play Music or YouTube Red services, Google is hoping to lure you into giving them a try with a slightly better trial period than normal. Usually new subscribers can get 2 months of either service for free before the monthly charges kick in. However, the Google Play […]
Come comment on this article: Google offering Play Music and YouTube Red 4 month trials to some users
Google Duo has seen some high praise, unlike its counterpart Allo. The numbers really show how people have flocked to Duo, too. As of today, Duo on the Play Store is showing a whopping 50 million downloads. Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that 50 million downloads doesn’t necessarily mean 50 million active users; […]
Come comment on this article: Google Duo skyrockets to 50 million downloads in the Play Store
The second Forza Horizon 3 expansion is coming out soon and it's bringing a big dose of childhood nostalgia along with it. Hot Wheels and their iconic bright orange tracks arrive on May 9th as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as standalo…
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Facebook spent time chatting about Messenger bots at its F8 2017 developer conference. New bots from Spotify, Western Union, Mastercard, and Rue21 had some of the coolest features features we saw.
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Ever wanted to experience what it is like to be a master pianist tickling the ivories? A new video gives a sense of what that might feel like, courtesy of wearable eye-tracking glasses.
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HTC has launched the U Ultra and U Play, two stunning phones covered in shimmering, shiny glass, and equipped with Sense Companion, the company’s first AI assistant. Here’s everything you need to know.
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We were expecting something a little more to celebrate its 5th birthday, but Google Play is currently offering a discount on just about any book in it offers. Any book over $ 5 gets you a $ 5 credit at checkout. The promotional code must be redeemed by March 9, and Google’s deadline for the discount to […]
Come comment on this article: [Deal] Take $ 5 off almost any book on Google Play
The confetti has hit the field. We all went Gaga. The Pats have come out victorious.
While you may not have seen that coming, we’ve seen our highest ever watch time during the game, with more than 350K hours spent watching Big Game ads, marking over 15 percent year-over year-growth. If your Game Day party was anything like ours, mobile also played a huge role – 70 percent of this watch time came from mobile devices. And this is just the beginning.
Historically, the day after the Big Game kicks off several weeks of watching and re-watching Big Game ads, so make sure you check out the tenth anniversary of the YouTube AdBlitz channel and vote for your favorite by February 10 at midnight ET.
We’re already starting to see some early favorites. Some with a fresh take on iconic characters, others that introduced new heroes. But the undeniable theme of the night was ads that connected to social and political topics — in fact, these ads accounted for nearly half of the watch time on Game Day.
Here are the top ten ads so far (based on Game Day views as of 2/6 at 2 a.m. ET):
Interest in commercials didn’t stop at YouTube either. Of the top trending Google Search questions during the game, three were about the ads:
The Big Game may have been called, but the battle for top ad is still in play. Check back next week to find out this year’s winner of YouTube AdBlitz!
Deborah Powsner, YouTube Ads Marketing, recently watched “Patriots vs. Falcons | Super Bowl LI Game Highlights.”
Playing YouTube videos in the background can be a real chore. Thankfully, apps such as Safari and Firefox — along with the premium offerings like YouTube Red — make it easy to do on your mobile device.
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