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Grooveshark gets kicked out of the Android Market

Google has removed Grooveshark from the Android Market. The move, which comes many months after Apple kicked the music app from its App Store, has to do with (what else?) accusations from several top music labels that Grooveshark violates copyright law. It's unclear whether Google plans to also remotely remove the app from Android smartphones on which it's already been installed, something that...

A sneak peek at the next version of Android Market and Music app

Update: Tech From 10 seems to be offline -- but we have lots of images and a hands-on review if you want to see what the new Music app is like. In what is probably a bit of a big-G whoopsie, the folks at Tech From 10 woke up to find a new, test version of Android Market installed on their Galaxy S. Visually, the new version is almost identical. The carousel of featured apps has been updated ...

Android Market in-app billing now testing, goes live next week

The Android Market is still missing a few key pieces of functionality. Among them is in-app payments -- which Google has now announced will begin rolling out next week. The company is encouraging developers to upload apps that include in-app purchases, and instructions have been provided to walk submitters through the set-up and testing process. Google has made sure test apps can't actually b...

Amazon Appstore for Android hands-on review: Android Market is in trouble

Earlier today Amazon released its long-awaited Appstore for Android. Fundamentally it's very similar to Google's first-party Android Market or the third-party AppBrain, but it has a few Amazonian differences that could set it apart from the competition very quickly. First and foremost, Amazon is promising to give away one paid app for free every day. Today it's Angry Birds Rio, and it only ...

Amazon Appstore for Android launches with 'Test Drive' trials and recommendations

The Amazon Appstore for Android, Amazon's Android Market place competitor, is now live for Android owners living in the US. Accessible in both the browser via Amazon.com/appstore, or on-device via a downloadable app, the Amazon Appstore hopes to bring a better store experience to the Android platform, and beat the Android Market at its own game. The initial launch brings with it 3,800 apps a...

Amazon Appstore accessible by hidden URL, Android app pricing and exclusive titles revealed

A cunning fellow over on Androidnews.de decided to add /apps to amazon.com and was rewarded with a list of 48 Android apps and their pricing! You need to be logged out for the Android apps to emerge, otherwise your personalized recommendations will appear instead. You can't click through to any product listings, but that's not really the interesting bit: the prices are visible, and they're d...

Android games more lucrative and addictive than iOS?

Spacetime Studios, the developer behind Android and iOS game Pocket Legends, has spoken out about a massive disparity in the behavior of its mobile users. Not only do Android users play Pocket Legends three times as much as their iOS counterparts, but they also spend between 30 and 50% more on in-app purchases. "We've just been blown away. Android has become our primary interest," Gary Gattis, ...

Google promises tighter Android Market security in wake of Trojan outbreak

When we first reported on applications in the official Android Market being infected with a Trojan backdoor, 21 malicious apps were found. After the dust had settled, the total was closer to 60 -- and Google has now announced what it is doing to undo the damage and prevent future outbreaks in the Market. For starters, Google is remotely wiping the rogue applications from users' devices and push...

Google pulls 21 Android malware apps with Trojan rootkit, over 50,000 users infected

Thanks to a tip-off by a redditor, and some investigation by Android Police, Google has pulled 21 Android Market apps that were infected with a backdoor Trojan rootkit. If you downloaded any of the infected apps, they will be automatically deleted from your phone. The attack vector was ingenious, and plays on the Android Market's biggest weakness: the almost complete absence of app moderation. ...

AppBrain direct push-to-device app installation returns, emasculates Google's Android Market

The supremo Android app discovery site, AppBrain, has re-enabled direct push-to-phone app install functionality. Like before, you still need to install the Fast Web Installer app and AppBrain app on your Android device (QR codes after the break). You also need to open the Fast Web Installer app on your phone and give it permission to install apps. Then, it's simply a matter of clicking 'Instal...

AppBrain vs. Android Market Web Store, which one will rule supreme?

With yesterday's release of the Android Market Web Store, the venerable and superlative AppBrain finally has some competition. At first glance, the services are very similar -- the logos could be cut from the same mold, and both sites use green-and-grey highlights throughout. Even the layout is basically the same! When you get right down to it, though, there are some marked differences between...

Android Market Web Store finally released, better pricing controls and in-app purchases coming to Market

The Android Market Web Store has finally been released -- you can access it right now: http://market.android.com/ It's very similar to AppBrain, but you can purchase apps directly from the Web -- and push apps directly to your phone. Additional features of the Web Store: Lots of developer control to make app pages look attractive The page is laid out intelligently, with links to other ...

Google Music and Web-based Android Market to be unveiled tomorrow?

Google is hosting an Android-related event tomorrow morning at its Mountain View headquarters. This event will involve extensive demos of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the fully tablet-optimized version of the operating system. Yet according to a rumor originating at Android and Me there may be more to it, as a source has said that tomorrow we'll finally see the official announcement of Google Music and...

How to install non-Market applications on Android

This week's tips series is all about Android, highlighting some the operating system's built-in utilities, and better ways of getting stuff done. For other technology tips, check our Tips index. When an Android user wants to install a new application, they usually just fire up the Market app, search for it, and install it with a couple of well-aimed button taps. There are times, however, wh...

Google outlines big Android Market changes, unhappy with lagging app purchases

Google is apparently not happy with app sales in its Android Market, and it's starting to make changes to help out developers. Android platform manager Eric Chu, speaking at the Inside Social Apps conference, described the steps Google will take, including an in-app payment system, and the possibility of more carriers allowing users to put app purchases directly on their phone bills. In-app pu...