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Google Play Music’s New Release Radio is available for all users

Google has officially announced New Release Radio, a station on Google Play Music that provides users with a daily selection of new songs they may like based on their listening history. The feature has actually been out in the wild for almost a month now, but originally it was positioned as an exclusive for Samsung users (though neither Google nor Samsung made an official announcement).


Now, Google is saying that it was “gathering feedback” from Samsung users before officially rolling it out to everyone — but the screenshots we saw from users on Reddit last month clearly called it a “Samsung exclusive” feature. Oddly enough, Reddit also quickly discovered a workaround for people who didn’t have Samsung phones to try the station — I got it working on my iPhone with no fuss.


It’s still not clear whether or not this was always the plan or if Google and Samsung changed course after the confusing rollout of New Release Radio in June — we’ve reached out to Google and will update this post with anything we learn.


Regardless of the back-and-forth here, we’re glad to see New Release Radio available for all Google Play Music users. It’s a smart addition to the service that matches up with some new music discovery features Spotify and Apple Music have offered for a while — and it would have been a shame if only Samsung owners could use it. The jury is still out on whether New Release Radio is as good as Discovery Weekly, but pretty much anyone using Google Play Music should enjoy giving this new station a spin.



Google is offering new Google Play Music subscribers four free months

Google is running a deal on its music streaming service and storage locker Google Play Music. Typically, the site offers up a 90-day free trial when you sign up, but it’s now giving new subscribers an extra month of free time.


The service allows users scan up to 50,000 songs from their music library, and listen to custom radio stations on their computer or mobile device. Users who use the free tier have to contend with ads, but subscribers who pay $9.99 (or $14.99 for a family account) can avoid ads, listen to over 35 million songs, download music to listen offline, and get access to YouTube Red.

Google has offered similar deals in the past, and Android Police notes that it’s not clear how long the deal will remain active. At the very least, it’s an opportunity to check out the service if you’ve never tried it, and you can always cancel your subscription when your four months are up.




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Google Rolling Out Instant Tethering Feature With Google Play Services v10.2

Google is said to be adding a new feature dubbed Instant Tethering with its latest Google Play services version 10.2 framework. According to several users who have received the feature, Instant Tethering will let users connect other devices with same Google account in case there is no connection – and can be seen as an evolution of the Wi-Fi hotspot feature for a single user’s devices.

The best use case for the new Instant Tethering is for tablets as users can enable the feature on their mobile device to a tablet with the same Google account to connect to the Internet. The feature is reportedly being seen first on Nexus and Pixel devices running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It’s however worth noting that the Instant Tethering is not available to all Android 7.1.1 users yet, as Android Police points out that this is a server-side update. We also downloaded the latest Google Play services version 10.2 but the feature isn’t showing up for us.


The Instant Tethering feature, once available, should be listed in Google settings. It is being speculated that Nexus devices running Android Marshmallow should also start seeing the new feature soon. One of the Google+ users add that the new Instant Tethering feature requires no additional setting to connect two devices with same Google account. Though, the initial setup will have to be done by the user.

Andreas Proschofsky wrote in a Google+ post, “Google Play Services 10.2 has started to roll out and it’s introducing a pretty nifty new feature: Instant tethering. Basically it works like that: If – say – your tablet has no data connection and you also have a phone connected to the same Google account, it can automatically offer to use the data connection of the phone – zero setup necessary, just a confirmation.”




How to Get Google Play on a Kindle Fire and Install Any Android App You Want

Kindle Fire tablets are some of the best, cheapest Android tablets around, but they’re limited to Amazon’s app store, which is more than lacking compared to the thousands of apps available on the Google Play Store. With a little tweaking, though, you can run any Android app on them. You can even get the entire Google Play Store on some devices.


What You’ll Need

Amazon’s Fire tablets are based on a de-Googled version of Android, but under the hood they’re still pretty similar. This makes it pretty easy to install Android apps on your tablet, but some ways are easier than others. We’re going to cover two ways to do this. Method #1 involves downloading Android APK installer files and installing them directly. Method #2 will install the entire Google Play Store, which you can use like you would on a normal Android phone. This method is a bit more complicated, but it will make it much easier to install any app you want. Plus it will give you the Google Play Services that you’ll need for most Google apps. Here’s what you’ll need for both methods:

  • A Kindle Fire Tablet: For method #1, you can use any Kindle tablet. We tested this method on an old 2nd generation 7″ Kindle and it worked. For method #2, you’ll need a 4th generation Kindle Fire or higher that’s been updated to Fire OS 5.


  • Android APKs (Method #1): If you want to install apps manually, you’ll need to get the APK from somewhere. APKs are files that Android uses to install apps, similar to .exe files in Windows. We’ll cover a few ways to get APKs, but if you have an Android phone that already has the app you want on your Fire tablet, it may come in handy.


  • A Windows PC (Method #2): To install the Play Store on your device, you’ll need to connect it to a Windows PC with a USB-to-micro-USB cable. If your Kindle tablet didn’t come with one, you can get one from Monoprice here or from Amazon here.


  • ADB (Method #2): ADB is a powerful tool in the Android developer kit that lets you run commands on an Android device from your computer. You can download a small version of the tool from XDA here and install it in just a couple clicks. We have a full step-by-step guide here you should follow first. Once you have ADB, come back.


  • RootJunky’s SuperTool (Method #2): This tool will install the drivers you need on your computer to connect ADB to your tablet, then it will install the Google Play Store. If your Fire tablet is running Fire OS 5.3.1 or later, download the .zip file named Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-Install-Play-Store.zip from here. If you’re on an older version, grab Amazon-Fire-5th-Gen-SuperTool-old.zip from here. If you’re not sure which version you’re on, open the Settings app on the main screen of your Kindle, scroll to Device Options, and tap “System Updates.” Your version number should be at the top.

Full Instructions:


India Is The No. 1 Google Play Downloader

India made headlines when it replaced the United States as the world’s second largest smartphone market. Now, India is reported to be Google Play Store’s top country in terms of the number of app downloads, beating the United States again and Brazil for the crown.


App Annie provided the annual reports of the app market growth in 2016. India saw a massive 71 per cent app download growth. Smartphone companies have been looking to expand businesses in India for its still evolving market.

“India’s phenomenal progress over the past two years is even more impressive when considering its potential for further gains,” the report said.

Indians consumers are also reported to have the biggest average number of shopping applications installed per user on their phones. Aside from that, Indians also sat on top of charts with the most time spent on Android phones.


However, if you look at the revenues generated through Google Play, you won’t see India’s name listed in the top ten. This means that Indian users are not spending that much for apps. Japan, The United States, and Korea were placed in the top three of this list.


The report also suggests that popular social media platform Facebook, messaging app WhatsApp, and mobile web browser UC Browser were the most download. When it comes to usage, Facebook, WhatsApp and the favorite travel buddy Google Maps rule. Apps that had the most revenue based on paid downloads and in-app purchasing were the online streaming app Netflix, dating app Tinder, and business and employment app LinkedIn. India favored Candy Crush, Subway Surfers, and Temple Run 2 in terms of downloadable games in 2016. Pokemon GO stayed in the top five spot in terms of apps for worldwide revenue. Super Mario Run secured its spot as the top app in 148 countries.



Google Play and iOS apps demand surges in India and China

India leapfrogged both the US and Brazil to become the nation that downloaded the most apps from Google’s Play Store, according to analytics firm App Annie.

It also claimed that China became the biggest source of revenue for Apple’s iOS App Store for the first time.

However, the BBC understands that Apple’s own figures contradict this.

They suggest China still lagged behind the US and Japan last year. The tech firm has, however, not commented on the 2016 Retrospective report.

A spokeswoman for Google also declined to comment.

Google and Apple both take a cut of software sales and in-app fees from third-parties that publish on their respective platforms.

Their differing successes are explained by the fact that Google Play does not operate in China, while iPhones have a much smaller share of the Indian market than they do in most other countries.

San Francisco-based App Annie’s research is widely used by app publishers and others involved in the digital industries.

“We are always confident with the data we release in our reports, attributing the estimates to a veritable degree to accuracy,” a spokeswoman said.

In total, it said more than 90 billion apps were downloaded via the two stores over the year.

Shopping apps

The popularity of Google Play downloads in India is linked to the fact that the nation became the world’s second largest smartphone market in 2016, according to the United Nations, based on the number of people with mobile data subscriptions.

Only China has more users, but because of local restrictions they mostly download Android apps from marketplaces run by local tech firms such as Baidu, Tencent and Huawei.

The report indicates more than six billion apps were downloaded in India from Google Play over the 12 months, allowing the nation to narrowly beat the US’s tally.

“An Indian smartphone user has more shopping apps on their phone than a UK user,” App Annie’s Paul Barnes told the BBC.

“Social and messaging apps have [also] been exceptionally popular – WhatsApp in particular is one of the most widely used apps in the country.

“This has created a fairly unique app market in India, where gaming is slightly less dominant than we’ve seen in other emerging markets, such as China.”

Mr Barnes added that India was likely to maintain its Play Store lead for some time to come and could top 20 billion downloads by 2020.

“I think if you look at the fact that smartphone penetration is still only 30% in India, then we expect to see that growth in downloads accelerate.”

Westward bound

App Annie’s claim that China had overtaken the US as the biggest revenue source for the iOS App Store was based in part by its success in the final three months of the year.

More than $2bn (£1.7bn) was spent locally in the last quarter, the report said, which compared to about $1.5bn (£1.2bn) in the US for the same period.

“There’s been a real surge in 2016, which has been something of a surprise,” Mr Barnes acknowledged.

“With China, local games are particularly popular. The companies NetEase and Tencent have done incredibly well.”

The report highlighted the Fantasy Westward Journey series – role-playing titles based on a 15-year-old PC game – as being particularly successful. They have generated more than $800m (£664m) for NetEase in China since it released the first title in March 2015.

The report added that Tencent’s QQ social network also made substantial gains in 2016. Its games are free to play, but the firm sells weapons and other virtual goods within them, as well as making money from adverts.

App Annie acknowledged that Japanese iPhone owners still spent more on average than any other nationality.

But Mr Barnes said Chinese users were catching up quickly.

“China has actually increased per person spending on games 10 times since 2014,” he said.

In total, Apple and Google’s app stores generated $35bn (£29bn) in revenue in 2016, according to the report, representing a 40% gain on 2015.



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