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Google Play, before March , had a Devices section for users to purchase Google Nexus devices, Chromebooks , Chromecasts , other Google-branded hardware, and accessories. A separate online hardware retailer called the Google Store was introduced on March 11, , replacing the Devices section of Google Play. Google Play previously styled Google play originated from three distinct products: The Android Market was announced by Google on August 28, , [34] [35] and was made available to users on October Apart from searching for content by name, apps can also be searched through keywords provided by the developer.

Google Play enables users to know the popularity of apps, by displaying the number of times the app has been downloaded. Users can submit reviews and ratings for apps and digital content distributed through Google Play, which are displayed publicly. Ratings are based on a 5-point scale.

App developers can respond to reviews [60] using the Google Play Developer Console. Google has redesigned Google Play's interface on several occasions. In February , Google introduced a website interface for then-named Android Market that provides access through a computer.

The update also saw small UI tweaks to the Google Play Store site with the reviews section now opening to a dedicated page and larger images in the light box viewer. Google states in its Developer Policy Center that "Google Play supports a variety of monetization strategies to benefit developers and users, including paid distribution, in-app products, subscriptions, and ad-based models", and requires developers to comply with the policies in order to "ensure the best user experience".

It requires that developers charging for apps and downloads through Google Play must use Google Play's payment system. In-app purchases unlocking additional app functionality must also use the Google Play payment system, except in cases where the purchase "is solely for physical products" or "is for digital content that may be consumed outside of the app itself e. In February , Google announced that it would let developers set sales for their apps, with the original price struck out and a banner underneath informing users when the sale ends.

Google also announced that it had made changes to its algorithms to promote games based on user engagement and not just downloads. Finally, it announced new editorial pages for what it considers "optimal gaming experiences on Android", further promoting and curating games. Google allows users to purchase content with credit or debit cards, carrier billing, gift cards, or through PayPal.

The rumor of Google Play gift cards started circulating online in August after references to it was discovered by Android Police in the 3. Google introduced in-app subscriptions to Google Play in May Play Store is Google's official pre-installed app store on Android-certified devices. It provides access to content on the Google Play Store, including apps, books, magazines, music, movies, and television programs. Play Store filters the list of apps to those compatible with the user's device.

Developers can target specific hardware components such as compass , software components such as widget , and Android versions such as 7. There is no requirement that Android applications must be acquired using the Play Store. Users may download Android applications from a developer's website or through a third-party app store alternative. Android users have complained that the Google Play store access cannot be blocked and there is constant data exchange with the google cloud. Also valuable CPU ressources are used, slowing down the Android system.

The Play Store app features a history of all installed apps. Users can remove apps from the list, with the changes also synchronizing to the Google Play website interface, where the option to remove apps from the history does not exist. Google publishes the source code for Android through its "Android Open Source Project", allowing enthusiasts and developers to program and distribute their own modified versions of the operating system.

However, not all these modified versions are compatible with apps developed for Google's official Android versions. The "Android Compatibility Program" serves to "define a baseline implementation of Android that is compatible with third-party apps written by developers". Only Android devices that comply with Google's compatibility requirements may install and access Google's Play Store application.

As stated in a help page for the Android Open Source Project, "Devices that are "Android compatible" may participate in the Android ecosystem, including Android Market; devices that don't meet the compatibility requirements exist outside that ecosystem. In other words, the Android Compatibility Program is how we separate "Android compatible devices" from devices that merely run derivatives of the source code. We welcome all uses of the Android source code, but only Android compatible devices—as defined and tested by the Android Compatibility Program—may participate in the Android ecosystem.

Some device manufacturers choose to use their own app store instead of—or in addition to—the Play Store. In , Google began decoupling certain aspects of its Android operating system particularly its core applications so they could be updated through the Google Play store independently of the OS.

One of those components, Google Play Services , is a closed-source system-level process providing APIs for Google services, installed automatically on nearly all devices running Android 2. With these changes, Google can add new system functionality through Play Services and update apps without having to distribute an upgrade to the operating system itself.

In April , Google announced the Google Play Awards, described as "a way to recognize our incredible developer community and highlight some of the best apps and games". The awards showcase five nominees across ten award categories, and the apps are featured in a dedicated section of Google Play. Google stated that "Nominees were selected by a panel of experts on the Google Play team based on criteria emphasizing app quality, innovation, and having a launch or major update in the last 12 months", with the winners announced in May.

Google has also previously released yearly lists of apps it deemed the "best" on Google Play. On March 6, , five years after Google Play's launch, Google released lists of the best-selling apps, games, movies, music, and books over the past five years. In June , Google introduced "Android Excellence", a new editorial program to highlight the apps deemed the highest quality by the Google Play editors. In March , Google disclosed that over the past few months, it had been begun using a combination of automated tools and human reviewers to check apps for malware and terms of service violations before they are published in the Play Store.

At the same time, it began rolling out a new age-based ratings system for apps and games, based on a given region's official ratings authority for example, ESRB in the US.

In October , Google announced a new detection and filtering system designed to provide "additional enhancements to protect the integrity of the store". The new system is aimed to detect and filter cases where developers have been attempting to "manipulate the placement of their apps through illegitimate means like fraudulent installs, fake reviews, and incentivized ratings".

Some mobile carriers can block users from installing certain apps. In March , reports surfaced that several tethering apps were banned from the store. Google released a statement: We inadvertently unpublished the applications for all carriers, and today we have corrected the problem so that all Android Market users outside the T-Mobile US network will now have access to the applications. We have notified the affected developers. In April , Google removed the Grooveshark app from the store due to unspecified policy violations.

CNET noted that the removal came "after some of the top music labels have accused the service of violating copyright law". In May , Google banned the account of the developer of several video game emulators. Neither Google nor the developer publicly revealed the reason for the ban. In March , Google began to pull ad blocking apps from the Play Store, per section 4. Apps that exempt themselves from power management policies introduced on Android Marshmallow without being "adversely affected" by them, are banned.

In July , Google banned additional categories of apps, including those that perform cryptocurrency mining on-device, apps that "facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories", are only used to present ads, contain adult content but are aimed towards children, "multiple apps with highly similar content and user experience," and "apps that are created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates and submitted to Google Play by the operator of that service on behalf of other persons.

In February , Google introduced a new automated antivirus system, called Google Bouncer, to scan both new and existing apps for malware , spyware , and trojan viruses. Android apps can ask for or require certain permissions on the device, including access to body sensors, calendar, camera, contacts, location, microphone, phone, SMS, and storage. In July , Google described a new security effort called "peer grouping", in which apps performing similar functionalities, such as calculator apps, are grouped together and attributes compared.

If one app stands out, such as requesting more device permissions than others in the same group, Google's systems automatically flag the app and security engineers take a closer inspection. Peer grouping is based on app descriptions, metadata , and statistics such as download count. In early March , DroidDream, a trojan rootkit exploit, was released to then-named Android Market in the form of several free applications that were, in many cases, pirated versions of existing priced apps.

The exploit also installed a backdoor that allowed the hackers to download more code to the infected device. At the Black Hat security conference in , security firm Trustwave demonstrated their ability to upload an app that would circumvent the Bouncer blocker system. The application used a JavaScript exploit to steal contacts, SMS messages, and photos, and was also capable of making the phone open arbitrary web pages or launch denial-of-service attacks.

Nicholas Percoco, senior vice president of Trustwave's SpiderLabs advanced security team, stated that "We wanted to test the bounds of what it's capable of". The app stayed on Google Play for more than two weeks, being repeatedly scanned by the Bouncer system without detection, with Percoco further saying that "As an attack, all a malware attacker has to do to get into Google Play is to bypass Bouncer".

Trustwave reached out to Google to share their findings, but noted that more manual testing of apps might be necessary to detect apps using malware-masking techniques. The study further revealed that "Apps for personalizing Android phones led all categories as most likely to be malicious". Testing two applications, one named "Hide Pictures Keep Safe Vault" and the other named "Private Photo Vault", Sawyer found significant errors in password handling in both, and commented, "These companies are selling products that claim to securely store your most intimate pieces of data, yet are at most snake oil.

You would have near equal protection just by changing the file extension and renaming the photos. In April , security firm Check Point announced that a malware named "FalseGuide" had been hidden inside approximately 40 "game guide" apps in Google Play. The malware, a type of botnet , is also capable of launching DDoS attacks. In June , researchers from Sophos security company announced their finding of 47 apps using a third-party development library that shows intrusive advertisements on users' phones.

Even after such apps are force-closed by the user, advertisements remain. Google removed some of the apps after receiving reports from Sophos, but some apps remained. When asked for comment, Google didn't respond. The apps had been collectively downloaded over million times, and consisted of a wide variety of use cases, including health, weather, photo-editing, Internet radio and emoji. Some developers publishing on Google Play have been sued for patent infringement by "patent trolls", people who own broad or vaguely worded patents that they use to target small developers.

If the developer manages to successfully challenge the initial assertion, the "patent troll" changes the claim of the violation in order to accuse the developer of having violated a different assertion in the patent.

This situation continues until the case goes into the legal system, which can have substantial economic costs, prompting some developers to settle. And, of course, this is what Google provides to everyone else that is making a game for Android! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Google Store or Google Pay.

For users between years of age, your Google Payments enrollment is limited solely to redemption of Gift Cards and Credits. Gift Cards and Credits must be redeemed toward the purchase of eligible products on https: Purchases are deducted from Google Play balance. Any unused Google Play balance will remain in the recipient's Google Play balance when redeemed. Google may provide Gift Card and Credit purchasers with information about the redemption status of Gift Cards or Credits that they purchase.

Limits may apply to redemption and use. The Gift Card or Credit is not redeemable for cash or other cards, is not reloadable or refundable, cannot be combined by you with other non-Google Play balances in your Google Payments account, and cannot be resold, exchanged or transferred for value, except as required by law.

If you have insufficient Google Play balance to pay for an item on Google Play, you may use a credit or debit card to purchase additional Credits so that you may complete your payment for that item. You may also load another Gift Card to complete your purchase, or may use a different form of payment altogether to purchase the item. Once a Gift Card or Credit is purchased, the risk of loss and title for the Gift Card or Credit passes to the purchaser or gift recipient, as applicable.

These Gift Card and Credit terms may be subject to change in our sole discretion subject to applicable law. No Fees or Expiration.

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