New Google Play design spotted on Google+

Looks like the redesigned Google Play app is very near, in fact we can see the officially release in the next few days. A YouTube employee Eileen Rivera today shared the following screenshot on Google +, suggesting the redesigned app is currently being tested internally.

If you can notice in the Google Play icon on the top of the screenshot, it shows the dogfood icon, further cementing that Google is “dogfooding” this new version of the Google Play among its employees. If everything goes well, we will see the roll-out very soon.

The new version screenshot looks similar to what we saw in a leak last month. Google certainly seems to be opting Google Now like cards design, although not much is visible here. But, the bigger app shortcuts look a lot like Google Now cards.

Google is also expected to redesign its official web page but we are yet to see any leaks about that. We hope that the search giant has improved the app discovery in the new version, as it still remains a big problem for consumers as well as developers.

As per the last leak, the new Play Store version will be known as 4.0.

Google updates Google Play Movies & TV app with info-cards

With the Google Play Movies launch in India and Mexico, Google has also updated the Google Play Movies and TV app, which is used to consume this content on Android devices.

The biggest change in Google Play Movies app is info-cards, which show information about actors, related films, and other details like which song in playing in the movie. The feature is currently US only and works on tablet version on Android 4.0. The feature automatically presents information about the movie as soon as the user pauses movie playback on his/ her tablet. Users can also tap on actor faces to look for information about them.

The supported movies list is also not very long right now (only 192 movies), but Google is reportedly expanding the catalogue of Info-card supported movies.

Other changes in the update include search support to looks in user libraries and Google Play store for Movies and TV shows.

Here is the full change-log:

  • On tablets, press pause to discover actors, related films, and even what song is playing. Look for movies with the info cards badge. US only.
  • Search across your library and the Play Store for movies & TV shows.
  • Receive notifications for new TV show episodes if you’ve purchased the season.
  • Select the “refresh” option in the overflow menu to checks for any updates to the library.
  • Now available in India

Google Play turns one, celebrates with deals & offers

The switch from Android Market to Google Play was made one year ago this week. As Google Play turns one year old, Google has partnered with several Google Play publishers to celebrate this occasion with discounts, sale and other offers.

“It was just a year ago today that we launched this amazing shop on the interwebs to offer the best in digital content. Since the best parties are the ones that send you home with a present, today we celebrate our birthday with a festive goodie bag full of gifts. Don’t delay in picking up these limited-time offers. It’s been an incredible first year and we look forward to sharing the gift of digital diversions for many more to come,” Google Play team states.

The offers and deals range from free e-books, movie discounts, Android exclusive levels in games, and more, but not every deal is available in every country. You can check out this page to know about deals and offers available at your location.

Google notes that it will continue offering such deals and promotions through-out this week. So, keep checking the offers page.

ClockworkMod Superuser App Now Available in Google Play Store

ClockworkMod Superuser

The application can be installed on all rooted devices that run under Android 2.2 or newer as a simple tool that grants and manages Superuser rights.

The application was made available for download with features such as support for multiple users, along with pin protection, per app configuration, notifications, manifest permission support, request timeout, and a proper Tablet UX.

The best part of the deal, however, is the fact that this app is open source. In fact, this is the same Superuser that will soon be integrated into CyanogenMod, just as Koushik Dutta confirmed several days ago.


Superuser should be open source. It’s the gateway to root on your device. It must be open for independent security analysis. Obscurity (closed source) is not security,” the team notes.

At the moment, the app is available for download as version 1.0.0.6, with a series of enhancements packed inside, at least when compared to the previously available beta releases.

The app has more translations now and will show notification on boot if su binary is incompatible. “Canceling the notification will tell Superuser to stop bothering you,” the developer notes.

The app was also designed to handle multiuser properly in Android 4.2 and newer versions, while also being able to handle concurrent su requests properly.

Koushik Dutta, the app’s developer, notes that there was a need for an open source Superuser app, one that was NDK buildable, while also being AOSP buildable for those that want to embed it in their ROM.

He also promises timely maintenance and updates on both the market and source repositories.

Those who would like to download and install the new Superuser app on their devices will find it available for download on this page in the official Google Play Store.

Google play now allow Google app users to distribute app on a private channel

In order to further entice the enterprise market, Google has announced that it is now expanding the Google Play to bring support for private app channels for Google Apps customers. The Google Apps customers will now be able to distribute Internal Android apps on a private apps channel on Google Play.

The whole process is pretty easy and company employees will just need to sign in the Google Play client with their company email address to browse the Private Channel and download apps.

Google Apps customers will however still need to pay $25 to make an account with Google Play developer console and publish their apps. There are some restrictions as well – first, each organisation can only have one Private Channel, secondly an app cannot be published to both the public Google Play store and a Private Channel.

Google now keep tracks of your walking and biking

 

 

 

 

 

As the month of October ended yesterday, many of the Jelly Bean users were surprised to find Google Now displaying, how much they had walked or biked in the last month.

Droid Life was the first one to spot it, but user reports suggest that it is hardly accurate.

One Nipam Shah wrote in comments on Droid Life:

I got this card today, but what was interesting is that it said I had cycled 3 miles even though I hadn’t actually cycled for the past month..

Another user wrote:

I noticed this when I booted my phone this morning. Kinda creepy. Also, I showed I rode 10 miles on a bike last month. I haven’t ridden a bike in like 5 years. Also, does running on a tread mill count for this?

Another one:

lol It says I walked 1 mile in September, and 0 miles in October. wth?

Edit: I bike 40+ miles a week, and run at least 10 miles a week, and got no idea how much I walk, but it’s not 0 miles!

It shows that this built-in Pedometer feature is hardly ready for the prime-time, but may be in the future, we will have better results.

What else is included in this?

It can compare to reports from previous months, intelligently figure out biking and walking distances separately. We hope to get more clarity on this in the coming days.