Before the unified Play branding, Google had the Android Market, Google Music, and Google eBookstore. Google decided to merge and rebrand its individual digital offerings into the Play Store in March of 2012.

The Play Store is now the default place to purchase apps, movies & television, music, books, and news subscriptions for all Android devices. The latter four offerings having their individual Android and iOS apps to watch, listen, and read purchased content. Most content can also be accessed through the web.

In April of 2016, the suite of icons were redesigned in a similar style to provide a consistent look across all devices and the web.

Google Play Store Stories February 21

OneDrive for Android gains a dedicated dark theme in latest beta update

Microsoft’s OneDrive for Android has now gained a dedicated dark theme in the latest beta update.

Google Play Store Stories February 20

Google working to remove Android apps with disruptive fullscreen and notification ads

In addition to the web with Chrome’s industry-backed ad blocker, Google wants to reduce disruptive advertising that occurs in Android apps. The company today detailed an enforcement push against mobile advertising fraud.

Google Play Store Stories February 19

Last year, Android 10 let users limit an application’s location access to only when it’s actively in use. Android 11 later this year builds on that with one-time access, as well as a new Google Play policy that requires “developers get approval if they want to access location data in the background.”

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Google Play Store Stories February 17

Dedicated Google app dark mode now available to all beta testers

The rollout of dark mode to all of the first-party Google apps has been reasonably steady, with some notable exclusions and setbacks.

Google Play Store Stories February 14

Last December, a report from the New York Times detailed how a chat app gaining traction around the world was actually being used as a spying tool by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While ToTok was initially removed by Apple and Google, the Play Store later restored the messaging service. The Android app today looks to have been pulled again.

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Google Play Store Stories February 11

Google recaps Play Store and Android app security in 2019

Google today recapped the last year in Play Store and Android app security. In addition to highlighting major 2019 initiatives like the App Defense Alliance, there are several statistics on countering malicious applications and developers.

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