Google has released its “Year in Entertainment” infographic, which includes The Walking Dead, Katy Perry and Frozen.
Mobile cloud operator Kinvey has created an infographic called, “Apps & Oranges: App Store Vs Google Play,” which explores the differences between Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
According to the graphic, Google Play has a larger market share, but Apple generates the most revenue from its app store. In fact, Apple brings in $5.1 million a day, while Google Play brings in $1.1 million in daily revenue. In addition, the infographic shows how the two app stores are growing outside of the United States.
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Over the last few days, Facebook has sent several modifications to its Home “uber-app” directly to users’ phones, rather than through the Google Play store; but with a few clicks of the keyboard, Google has said no more.
Google has announced an update to Google Play that will show bigger images for books, movies, and album covers. The change will roll out to android smartphones and tablets starting today.
Google, YouTube, Twitter Get into April Fools’ Action (USA Today)
Tired of all those vowels clogging up your tweets? Twitter announced a solution late Sunday night, saying it will shift to a two-tiered service, dubbing its basic, consonant-only plan “Twttr.” The April Fools’ Day joke kicked off with Twitter tweeting out, “Trd th nw Twttr yt? Mr tm fr mr twts!
Google knows that you look up actors’ names and previous roles after — and while — you watch movies. Now if you have an Android tablet, you don’t have to conduct a separate search.
Facebook likes to test product updates before releasing them to everyone. In keeping with that theme, the social network last Thursday announced a beta club just for Android users to stay up to date on new experimental features.
When Google announced earlier this week that it would shut down Reader, it cited declining use as the reason. But user outcry, including a petition with 100,000 signatures, suggests that lack of interest in the product isn’t the whole story.
Google Play is celebrating its first birthday today and as part of the festivities, the company is offering free content and sales on digital content. Promotions include 10 percent off of bookings in the Hotels.com app, a free download of the Velvet Underground song “Sweet Jane” and a free download of the eBook A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice.
Here is more from the Google blog: “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. Continue the celebration all week with even more special deals on music, movies, books, magazines and TV along with exclusive gaming gifts. It’s been an incredible first year and we look forward to sharing the gift of digital diversions for many more to come.”
Google has been selling digital content for more than a year. Remember the Google eBookstore that launched in 2010?
YouTube to Take on Spotify with New Music Streaming Service (SocialTimes)
YouTube is reportedly launching a subscription music service to compete with the social music network Spotify. According to Fortune, the video-sharing site will likely give listeners the choice of either playing the songs for free, mixed in with advertisements, or paying a fee to hear the songs ad-free.