UK announces code of practice to strengthen app store security
The UK's new code of practice incentivizes developers and publishers to implement stronger security measures.
A code of practice to boost security safeguards throughout the app sector has been announced by the UK government. The new voluntary policy intends to better shield users from harmful ap... Read more
Google finally puts an end to Hangouts
Google Hangouts has been phased out. Following an announcement by Google earlier this year, Hangouts users will be moved to Google Chat, the Slack-type instant messaging app.
Google Hangouts has been made inaccessible on November 1. In June, Google announced it would prompt Hangouts users to mov... Read more
Google Play Store is under siege by regulators
Google is under siege. The tech giant confirmed that European and British regulators are investigating the Play Store on suspicion of abuse of power.
The Google Play Store is an indispensable source of income for Android developers. The platform is impossible to ignore for anyone who wants to t... Read more
Google helps developers present apps in Play Store
Google announced new functionality to help developers to present their apps in the Play Store.
According to the tech giant, it's indispensable for developers to properly present their apps. More than ever, end users value design, images, descriptions and videos when choosing which apps to downlo... Read more
Google Chrome’s new extension platform is expected in 2023
Google provided an update on the development of Manifest V3, the first-next version of the platform that powers extensions on Google Chrome. If everything goes according to plan, users and developers will be transitioned to Manifest V3 in January 2023.
"Years in the making, Manifest V3 is more ... Read more
Zscaler finds malware in Play Store apps with 300,000+ downloads
Security company Zscaler found three notorious malware variants in dozens of Google Play Store apps. The apps were downloaded more than 300,000 times in total.
Most users expect the Google Play Store to be safe. In reality, cybercriminals abuse the platform to spread malware. Researchers at Zsc... Read more
Google makes developers responsible for privacy-friendly apps
From 20 July onwards, the Google Play Store will require Android developers to describe what data their app collects, who receives the data and how the data is secured. The new policy seems privacy-friendly, but looks are deceiving.
The AVG/GDPR requires app providers to inform users on how thei... Read more
Google under fire over payment options in Play Store
Match Group, the parent company of dating app Tinder, has filed a complaint with the Dutch antitrust authority (ACM) about Google. Allegedly, the tech giant is abusing its power by refusing alternative payment methods for Play Store apps.
Match Group says that the Dutch version of the Google Pla... Read more
Play Store intends to promote tablet apps using quality rankings
Google intends to make 2022 the year of Android tablets. The corporation is showing the Play Store tablet users some love after releasing a tablet-focused Android 12L update, establishing an Android tablet division, and publishing one or two tablet apps.
The idea is to make it simpler for tablet... Read more
Google lowers Google Play commission on commercial apps
Google is lowering the commission on subscriptions and goods sold through Google Play apps. Third-party developers may be able to make more money from their applications as a result.
There has been quite a bit of noise around the mobile app stores of both Google and Apple for some time. Many dev... Read more