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Indian startups are looking to break Google’s monopoly with a localized Play Store alternative

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The Paytm incident didn’t go down very well with the domestic startup community About two weeks back, India’s premier financial services app Paytm got kicked out of the Play Store. While the episode didn’t last long as Google reinstated the app within hours, it triggered a widespread call to curb Google’s unabated dominance over the country's app distribution market. That uproar has now reached a point where a local tech startup consortium is exploring the option to launch a Play Store alternative that frees it from Google’s control. Read More Indian startups are looking to break Google’s monopoly with a localized Play Store alternative was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google will make using alternative app stores easier in Android 12

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Android will get even more open in 2021 Epic Games opened a can of worms last month when it added its own payment solution to Fortnite in a violation of Google Play's guidelines for developers. The move has brought discussions on app store policies to the forefront, and now Google is taking the opportunity to highlight Android's open nature — and announce a big change for alternative app stores coming in Android 12. As Google pointed out in a blog post published today, Android has always been about choices. Read More Google will make using alternative app stores easier in Android 12 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

U.S. government bans TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday

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The Oracle deal was of no avail The U.S. government threatened to ban TikTok and WeChat if no suitable U.S. company bought it, and even though TikTok and Oracle just recently signed a deal as "trusted tech partners," that apparently wasn't enough. The U.S. Commerce Department today shared that TikTok and WeChat will not be available for download from U.S. app stores anymore starting Sunday, September 20, confirming the initial announcement on August 6. The news shouldn't be too surprising. Read More U.S. government bans TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Apple establishes ridiculous requirements for Stadia and Xbox Game Streaming on iOS

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Apple's going for the 'most anti-competitive company' speedrun Apple's draconian App Store policies have been criticized time and time again, and most recently, they led to a lawsuit by Epic Games. The company also recently blocked game streaming services like Google Stadia and Xbox Game Streaming from entering the App Store. Apple has now updated its policies to allow game streaming services, but only if they go through many hoops. The App Store Review Guidelines have been updated with a new section specifically addressing streaming games. Read More Apple establishes ridiculous requirements for Stadia and Xbox Game Streaming on iOS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Apple fires back at Epic Games, seeks monetary damages for 'breach of contract'

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This case is more interesting than any game of Fortnite Ever since Epic updated its popular Fortnite title with a new payment flow that redirected customers toward its own website by promising discounted prices, chaos has ensued. Epic dared Apple and Google to kick Fortnite off app stores, then sued the companies for anti-competitive practices when it happened. We just learned that Google is working on getting the case against it dismissed, and now Apple is going a step further, seeking monetary damages from Epic for breaching its contract. Read More Apple fires back at Epic Games, seeks monetary damages for 'breach of contract' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to install the Google Play Store on any Android device

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These steps *might* work for you If you happen to own a device without the Google Play Store installed, getting it up and running is a little trickier than just downloading an APK file and pressing a button. In this guide, we'll attempt to show you how to install the Play Store using a series of steps that may work for your phone or tablet, depending on just how old (or odd!) it is. We can't guarantee these steps will work: there are simply too many devices and versions of Android to account for in a single guide, and too many reasons these steps might fail for a particular combination of them. Read More How to install the Google Play Store

Galaxy Buds Live confirmed to have ANC, plus new renders and battery life details

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EEEERR BEEENZ We were pretty dang sure Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Beans Buds Live headphones were going to include active noise cancellation based on the details in a previously leaked video, but an update to the Samsung Galaxy Buds listing on Apple's App Store has the final proof positive we needed: A big, clear ANC toggle for the Galaxy Buds Live in the app's screenshots. New renders of the upcoming earbuds, including their charging case, have also leaked courtesy of WinFuture's Roland Quandt, who further provides battery life, specs, and prices for the bean-shaped buds. Read More Galaxy Buds Live confirmed to have ANC, plus new renders and battery life details was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to install the Google Play Store on any Android device

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These steps *might* work for you The Google Play Store is the main place to download apps and games on an Android device. While most phones and tablets that ship with Android already come with the Play Store, there are some exceptions — Amazon's Fire tablets, phones released in China, some e-readers, emulators, and so on. So, how do you get the Play Store onto an Android device that didn't come with it? While it would be impossible to create one guide that covers every situation and device, this tutorial might help you get the Play Store running on uncertified hardware. Read MoreHow to install the Google Play Store on any Android device was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Aptoide database breach exposes 20 million user accounts, possibly more to come

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At least there aren't any payment details to worry about Website hacks are nothing new, and it's all but certain that everybody has had at least at least a couple login credentials and other details exposed at some point. Unfortunately, another incident has occurred, this time with the Aptoide app store. Minimal personal information and zero payment details were exposed, but login credentials are exposed. Aptoide may not be familiar to most Android users, but it has grown to become the largest independent app store in the world with a reported 150 million users. Read MoreAptoide database breach exposes 20 million user accounts, possibly more to come was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Huawei wants Gmail, Maps, and other Google apps in its app store

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Huawei is largely cut off from working with Google, thanks to trade sanctions imposed by the U.S. government over alleged spying. Google has pressed repeatedly for an exception to the trade ban, but as long as Huawei is cut off from using the Google services, Huawei is hoping Google might publish some of its apps in the Huawei AppGallery. In lieu of the Play Store, most recent Huawei devices ship with the 'AppGallery,' an alternative app store maintained by Huawei. Read MoreHuawei wants Gmail, Maps, and other Google apps in its app store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.