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Google rolls out Family Link per-app time limits and bonus time

Google first introduced Family Link, a parental control app for Android devices, in March 2017 ahead of domestic and international rollouts. It announced in May at Google I/O 2019 that it would build Family Link natively into Android 10, a promise on which it delivered earlier this month. Now, Google is introducing new Family Link […]

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Newzoo: Global game revenues will hit $68.5 billion in 2019

Mobile games will earn $68.5 billion in 2019, according to a new report from market research firm Newzoo. The 2019 Global Mobile Market Report notes that 48.9% of that revenue will come from games on iOS devices, while 35.8% will come from Android (reminder that free-to-play dominates this market). In the first half of the […]

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Gwent witches its way to iOS on October 29

CD Projekt Red announced today that Gwent is coming to iOS on October 29. This will be the first mobile version of this Witcher-based digital card game. Gwent started as a mini-game inside the 2015 role-playing game The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. It was popular enough to warrant a standalone version, which launched in October […]

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Apple revises algorithm that let it dominate App Store search results

Apple’s App Store has been giving the company’s own apps an embarrassingly large promotional advantage versus third parties, researchers discovered, and key Apple executives say it “wasn’t a mistake.” But as a new report confirms today, the Store’s search algorithm was quietly changed amidst international antitrust investigations, allegedly to help other developers. Back in July, the […]

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Rovio releases mobile puzzle game Sugar Blast

Rovio has given its latest game, Sugar Blast, a global launch today for Android and iOS. Sugar Blast is a puzzle game. More specifically, it is a “tap-to-match” puzzle game, meaning you tap on groups of connected orbs of the same color to make them disappear. It is a free-to-play title with in-app purchases. It […]

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Pokémon Masters hits 10 million downloads in four days

Pokémon Masters has only been available on iOS and Android devices for four days, but the battle-focused Pokémon game has already reached 10 million downloads. The free-to-play game released on August 29. Masters is tracking much better than a 2018 Pokémon mobile game, Pokémon Quest. It took just less than seven months to reach 10 […]

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Google starts rolling out Android 10 to Pixel phones

Google today pushed the latest source code for Android 10, formerly Android Q and the successor to Android 9.0 Pie, to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Google also started rolling out the latest version of its mobile operating system today as an over-the-air update to Pixel phones. If you don’t have a Pixel phone, […]

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Sensor Tower: Pokémon Masters is No. 1 for iPhone downloads in 27 countries

Pokémon Masters launched today, and the mobile game has become a fast hit. The battle-focused Pokémon app is already No. 1 for iPhone downloads in 27 countries, according to mobile market analyst Sensor Tower. Those countries include the U.S. and Japan. For the U.S., this is an improvement over 2018’s Pokémon Quest, which debuted at […]

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Google expands security rewards to more Android apps, launches bug bounty program for data abuse

Google, which has already paid security researchers over $15 million since launching its bug bounty program in 2010, today increased the scope of its Google Play Security Reward Program (GPSRP). Security researchers will now be rewarded for finding bugs across all apps in Google Play with 100 million or more installs. At the same time, […]

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Dead Cells launches on iOS with multiple input modes

One of the best games of 2018 is now hitting mobile devices. Developer Motion Twin has partnered with Playdigious to bring Dead Cells to iPhone and iPad. The app is available now for $8. Dead Cells is a platforming Rogue-like game where you start from beginning whenever you die. But the more you play the […]

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You can now activate Alexa skills through mobile apps

Amazon today announced app-to-app account linking, a way for developers to enable an Alexa skill through an iOS or Android mobile application. Users can link an existing Amazon account when setting up a new service or device, which completes the setup via the Alexa Skill Activation API. Account linking can be used to personalize skill […]

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Liftoff: Android is making gains on iOS in gaming

Games played on Apple devices saw a steep decline in engagement compared to Android during the year ended May 31, according to a report by mobile app marketer Liftoff and mobile attribution firm AppsFlyer. The report said players are spending tons of money on both iOS and Android, but marketers who focus only on one […]

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Sprint launches unlimited mobile cloud games with Hatch on 5G

Cloud gaming is sprinting forward today as Sprint launches unlimited mobile cloud gaming with Hatch Premium on Sprint’s 5G mobile network. The latest Sprint 5G smartphones include a complimentary three-month subscription to Hatch Premium, which offers more than 100 premium games, cloud streaming, and the ability to face offwith friends in live games and tournaments. […]

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Mario Kart Tour boosts onto iOS and Android in September

Mario Kart Tour is preparing to launch next month. Nintendo announced on social media today that the mobile kart racer is going to debut September 25 for the iOS and Google Play app markets. Nintendo previously made Mario Kart Tour available in a beta test, but it is now getting ready to go live for […]

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Google launches Android Studio 3.5 with improved memory settings, build speed, and Apply Changes

Google today launched Android Studio 3.5, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with a specific focus on “product quality.” This release is the last one under Project Marble, a fancy name for an initiative Google announced late last year to improve Android Studio. For eight months, the team focused “on making the […]

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Google Go launches globally on Android

Google today launched Google Go globally in the Google Play Store. The lightweight search app for accessing the internet on a spotty connection, which can also read and translate text in the world around you, is now available for all devices running Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop and above. Google Go is one of several “lite” Go-branded […]

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Sensor Tower: PUBG Mobile is the king of battle royale on smartphones

PUBG Mobile is now the revenue leader among battle royale games on mobile, market research firm Sensor Tower said today. Much of its surge has come since February, and China plays a significant role in it. Publisher Tencent Games released PUBG Mobile in China two months ago, rebranding it as Game for Peace. And in […]

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Google Maps AR navigation launches in beta for compatible iOS and Android devices

The AR feature in Google Maps that Google first demoed more than a year ago — a heads-up mode called Live View that provides directions from phones’ cameras in real time — will roll out in beta in the coming weeks for compatible iOS and Android devices, the company today announced. Live View was previously […]

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Google launches Android Q Beta 6, official release ‘just a few weeks away’

Google today launched the sixth and final Android Q beta. If you’re a developer, you can start testing your apps against this release by downloading it from developer.android.com/preview. Google says Android Q’s official release to consumers is “just a few weeks away.” The preview includes system images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel […]

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