YouTube Music’s Explore Tab Will Now Show Users The Global Top Charts

In its attempt to introduce new and better features, and compete with other streaming platforms, YouTube Music has released another update. Its Explore Tab will now show global top charts to users.

The App released a second section in the bottom bar in June this year to replace the video-focused ‘Hotlist’. In late 2018, they added playlists for Top 100 songs and music videos. These playlists are based on the number of views a video is getting on YouTube and, according to Google, is the “most accurate representation of what’s happening in music culture.” Read More

Google’s Recorder App To Get An Audio Editing Feature

Google recently announced that its Recorder App, available for Pixel 2 or newer phones, will get a new update that will make it easier for users to search through audio files. The update will allow users to select a snippet of audio from a recorded clip, which can either be shared or removed from the larger audio file. Read More

YouTube Music Hits 500 Million Downloads, Set To Officially Replace Google Play Music On All Android Devices

Google’s latest venture at a Music Streaming App, YouTube Music, has just crossed 500 million downloads. YouTube Music was not very well received when it came out, with most users favoring Google’s old Music App – Google Play Music. But Google is discontinuing Play Music soon, and YouTube Music is the intended replacement app. Replacing such a widely loved application was obviously a very tough task, and reaching 500 million downloads on Google Play Store is a big achievement for YouTube Music, even after the service is being aggressively promoted by Google.  Read More

‘Dogfood’ Build of Google News To Roll Out Via Play Store

On opening the Google News App, users are seeing a notice that they’re using a confidential “dogfood” build of the App.

A never-seen-before update of Google News was rolled out to Android users via the Google Play Store. It seemed like Google accidentally released a “dogfood” build, complete with confidentiality notices and a tweaked icon featuring a paw print. Read More

Epic Games Has Filed An Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google Following The Fortnite Ban

In a recent turn of events, Apple, Google, and Fortnite have taken their fans on a rollercoaster ride.

Hours after Fortnite getting removed from both the Apple Store and Google Play Store, and Epic filing a lawsuit against Apple, Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Google for anti-competitive practices between Android and Google Play Store. Read More

Fortnite Gets Kicked Off Of Apple Store And Google Play Store

After Epic Games snuck in an update to get around the App stores’ fees, the Apple App Store removed Fortnite from the platform. Google soon followed its footsteps.

Epic Games introduced an update to directly pay Epic for in-app purchases instead of using the officially sanctioned versions for both the iPhone and Android versions. As a reaction to this brutal decision, Apple decided to kick off Fortnite and sue Epic, to which Epic reacted by making a parody of Apple’s 1984 commercial in the game itself. Read More

Google Play Store Eliminates 29 Adware Filled Apps

Google keeps eliminating apps from the Play Store that do not adhere to the guidelines. Some of these apps were removed due to orders by the Indian Government while others were banned worldwide as they failed to meet Google’s directives. The tech goliath has now removed 29 more apps consisting of adware that was identified by White Ops’ Satori threat intelligence team as a part of their “CHARTREUSEBLUR” investigation. Read More

11 Apps Infected with ‘Joker’ Malware Removed By Google – Precautions You can Take

Google first detected apps with the Joker malware, a premium subscription bot in 2017. As of January 2020, Google has removed more than 1,700 apps from Play Store over the past three years that had been infected with the Trojan. Joker Malware tactically simulates interaction with ads, steals the victim’s SMS along with the OTP to authenticate payments, the contact list and device info. The majority of the discovered apps target the EU and Asian countries. Most of the discovered apps have an additional check, which makes sure that the payload doesn’t implement while running within the US or Canada. The UI of C&C panel and some of the bot’s code comments are written in Chinese, which could be a hint in terms of geographical origin. Read More

Google & Microsoft Collaborate To Bring More Web Apps To Play Store


Google and Microsoft have joined forces to bring more Progressive Web Apps into the Play Store by making sure their tools co-exist and help developers to do so. In a blog post on July 10, Microsoft’s Builder Community Member Judah Gabriel Himango announced, “We’re glad to announce a new collaboration between Microsoft and Google for the benefit of the web developer community. Microsoft’s PWABuilder and Google’s Bubblewrap are now working together to help developers publish PWAs in the Google Play Store.”

PWABuilder is Microsoft’s open source developer tool that helps developers build high quality PWAs from existing websites and publish them in app stores, while Bubblewrap is a Google command line tool and library used to generate and sign Google Play Store packages from PWAs. PWA is using Bubblewrap to give integration features to PWAs on Android. Both the companies in collaboration announced significant features for PWA developers including web shortcuts standard and advanced Android features & customization.  Read More