Airtel and Vodafone carrier billing goes live on Google Play Store in India

Airtel and Vodafone carrier billing goes live on Google Play Store in India

Airtel and Vodafone carrier billing goes live on Google Play Store in India

Looks like carrier billing for Airtel and Vodafone is going live in India for Google Play Store. Google had officially announced the partnership at the Google Playtime event in India in October, but didn’t share any timeline. In May this year, Google had announced carrier billing with Idea Cellular, although the service wasn’t rolled out immediately.

Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) allows you to buy apps, music, books, and movies from the Google Play Store while the cost is reflected in your postpaid mobile bill or taken off your prepaid balance.

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Google Play Store lists a couple of games with the price of just $0.01

Google Play Store lists a couple of games with the price of just $0.01

Google Play Store lists a couple of games with the price of just $0.01

The Google Play Store frequently has discounts on many games and apps, but for the first time a couple of Android games in the store are currently being sold for the price of just $0.01. Yep, that just one US penny.

The two games in question are Lost Journey, a space-based puzzle adventure game from publisher DreamSky, and the oddly named Armpit Hero: VIP, an action-RPG from publisher Candy Soft. Both are participating in the the Google Play Store’s Year End Deals sales discount event.

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Google Play Store adds a Trending section with hot content

Google Play Store adds a Trending section with hot content

Google Play Store adds a Trending section with hot content

The Google Play Store continues evolving, but it isn’t often that we see significant changes or improvements. Today the Play Store get s a brand new feature many of you will probably enjoy – a ‘Trending’ section.

This area is under the entertainment tab, which is the one that reads “Movies, Music, Books”. It is located right under the New Movie Releases. The word “Trending” is big and bold, so you won’t be missing it.

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Some Google Play Store apps may soon tempt you with cheap intro subscription plans

Some Google Play Store apps may soon tempt you with cheap intro subscription plans

Some Google Play Store apps may soon tempt you with cheap intro subscription plans

Many Android apps published in the Google Play Store offer subscription services at various price levels. Today, Google announced that apps that offer those kinds of subscription features will soon be able to bring in more customers through the use of lower introductory offers.

In a blog post for the company’s latest Playtime developer event in San Francisco, Google said that app subscription operators will be able to set a lower price for their services for a set amount and length of time. For example, if Hulu wanted to offer new Android users $1 a month to try out its video streaming service for the first three months, the company will soon be able to do that within the Google Play Store app. In theory, this move should allow for a boost in subscription numbers and revenue and allow consumers to try out a service at a cheaper price before committing to a long-term period at full price. The company did not offer an exact date for when these features will go live for developers.

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Carmageddon now free in the Google Play Store, but…

Carmageddon now free in the Google Play Store, but…

Carmageddon now free in the Google Play Store, but…

The classic splatter-tastic racer Carmageddon has just dropped its price tag in the Google Play Store from $1.99 to the low, low price of Free. However, this change hasn’t really thrilled a swath of gamers.

Sure, it’s nice that you can now take your jaded psyche and blood lust on a stress-killing rumble without having to pay so much as a cup of coffee, but the reason that the developer has done this is because they’re looking for a new way to monetize the game. Previously, there was a paid version of the app and a free version that would periodically appear for one-day-only promotions. Now only the free version remains, complete with ads and in-app purchases.

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Android developers can now apply to put public betas in the Google Play store

Android developers can now apply to put public betas in the Google Play store

Android developers can now apply to put public betas in the Google Play store

A couple months ago at its I/O conference, Google announced an effort to make it far easier for Android users to download beta software from the Google Play Store. Previously, downloading still-in-development software required joining a Google Group or side-loading an app completely outside Google Play.

But a little over a month ago, Google rolled out a new Early Access section of the Play Store. It’s a central spot where users can browse and install apps and games that aren’t quite ready for official launch. There’s even a “beta” tab next to the list of apps you’ve previously downloaded to help you keep track of what’s pre-release software and what’s not. Google’s own apps are included in the program.

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Chromebooks with Google Play Store access can be found using Android Device Manager

Chromebooks with Google Play Store access can be found using Android Device Manager

Chromebooks with Google Play Store access can be found using Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager has saved our guts at least once, right? The ability to find, ring, block and wipe a device remotely can be very convenient when a phone gets lost or stolen. And now we are finding out Chromebooks with access to the Google Play Store can also take advantage of these neat features.

While it seems to be an accidental side feature, the ability to use the Android Device Manager with a Chromebook will prove useful to many. Especially considering these are devices made with mobility in mind.

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Official Discogs app hits the Google Play Store

Official Discogs app hits the Google Play Store

Official Discogs app hits the Google Play Store

For those not in the know, Discogs is a crowdsourced database of music renowned for having an impressive listing of a variety of genres and formats. Discogs is especially well regarded for their large collection of electronic music and releases of vinyl media. Right now the service boasts information on over 7 million releases by almost 4.5 million artists across nearly a million labels, and now all of that data can be right at your fingertips thanks to the official Android app.

Discogs for Android is seeking to be your go-to resource for cataloging your music collection, seeking out new music, and verifying prices of releases. If you’re a record collector running an Android daily driver, then this app is probably going to look pretty tempting. For some, Discogs is the end-all, beat-all in terms of physical music collection organization.

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Skullgirls fights its way toward the Google Play Store

Skullgirls fights its way toward the Google Play Store

Skullgirls fights its way toward the Google Play Store

Are you a fan of punch-em-ups but aren’t particularly satisfied with the current mobile gaming options? Skullgirls might be the option for you. The super stylish fighting game is soon to arrive on Android and iOS, but the mobile version of the game will come with a little extra zest. Instead of just being a straightforward fighter, dev studio Hidden Variable is increasing the number of RPG elements included in the game.

That’s right. Not only will you be able to duke it out with your favorite characters on the go, but now you can collect equipment and upgrade your characters as the story unfolds. This does two things for the mobile version. First, it introduces some new content that might make the game appealing to those who have played it on other platforms. Second, it compensates for the intrinsically slippery controls that plague mobile gaming, allowing you to take advantage of a new “fight assist” option so that you can keep advancing through the game at pace.

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Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade blasts into the Google Play Store

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade blasts into the Google Play Store

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade blasts into the Google Play Store

Fans of the Warhammer games have something to fight over today. The newest mobile game in the series has just hit the Google Play Store. It’s a game we have been waiting for since last August (yes… 2015), so we are sure you are getting ready to take control of that Imperial Knight.

If you don’t know much about the game, let’s give you a brief rundown. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade takes you through the story of a young man who sees his home burn down thanks to the twisted forces of Chaos. He then joins the Dark Angels Space Marines to find justice.

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