Today Google unveiled Google Play Music All Access
Google took the wraps off of Google Play Music All Access, a new subscription music service, that offers playlists and music suggestions based on songs you already own and love. The service is already packed with music from Google Play Music, and any songs you see you can play or turn into a streaming radio station.
Google Play is getting a sweet redesign, including a special, much-needed section of top-rated table
Google Play is getting a sweet redesign, including a special, much-needed section of top-rated tablet apps. You can watch the Google I/O Keynote here.
Hugo Barra just took to the stage in San Francisco at Google I/O 2013, and the first thing he talked about was some extremely impressive statistics for Google Play.
Google Play has now seen an astonishing total of 48 billion app installs, with 2.5 billion installs in just the last month alone. Better yet for developers, revenue per user is up 2.5 percent in the last year, so things are looking good for developers distributing their apps through Google Play.
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Direct links to the Play Store make music buying easier
TuneIn Radio has just released an update to its streaming radio service that lets users quickly find and purchase the music they're listening to in Google Play. The app has simply added a Google Play icon to the action bar between the share and search buttons, and tapping it brings you to a pre-populated search page in Google Play where you can purchase the track being played. Presumably the button doesn't show up when it can't find a match for the music (it doensn't show up on talk radio, for example), but in our few tests it always returned results.
The update is available for both free and paid versions of TuneIn, and is certainly one to update right away if you find yourself trying to remember and search for music to buy later. You can grab the free version from the Play Store link at the top of this post, and the $4.99 paid version right here as well.
An update to the Google Play Developer Console now allows Android developers to reply to user review
An update to the Google Play Developer Console now allows Android developers to reply to user reviews in the Play Store. The replies will be public and visible to all users, which should go a long way towards finding useful feedback in the Play Store. [via TalkAndroid]
The early pilot program expands to let all developers respond to issues directly and in public
Google is working to make the Play Store reviews system a little more constructive today by expanding the ability to respond to reviews to any developer, rather than just a small testing group. Developers can now respond to complaints, bug reports and general feedback from their Google Play Developer Console, which will show up publicly as a direct threaded response to the original review. When a comment is made, the original reviewer receives an email notification of it and can respond in-line again directly from that email or from the Play Store again as well.
Just as before, the original reviewer and developer can both edit their reviews and comments at any time, which is important to be able to do if the issues causing a bad review have been fixed. Together with the movement to using Google+ profiles to tie a real name (presumably) and picture to reviews to help cut down on spam, the Google Play reviews system is making big steps forward.