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Yes Android users, the Android Market (along with other services like Google Music and Google eBookstore) is no more, in its place Google has created a service called “Google Play” where you get apps, games, movies, music and books, all in one place.
Google would like you to think of Google Play as your “digital entertainment destination” and while you might not see much of a difference in the Android Market at the moment, in the coming days, the Android Market icon will change to “Google Play Store” icon.
Google Play is Google’s attempt to bringing some serious threat to Apple’s dominant iTunes service for music and video and also to compete more aggressively with Amazon’s Kindle service allowing users to access content seamlessly across platforms be it on their Android device or the Web.
Unfortunately though most of the great features on Google Play are – at the moment – not available to Malaysian users, this is because beyond apps, there are really not much else we can purchase online via the service. Content like music, videos and books are not available for most Malaysians to purchase online. This is mostly because of copyrights issues that need to be sorted out. For now, we can only hope for the ability to purchase content online come to Malaysia soon.
In any case, to celebrate the launch of Google Play, Google is offering massive discounts for a lot of great apps like “World of Goo” (US$0.49) and “Where’s My Water?” (US$0.25). The SwiftKey X Keyboard is also on offer going for US$0.49 in conjunction with the launch of Google Play
There are total of 10 days with 10 different selection of apps. If you see an app that you like or is potentially app that you would use, grab them fast before the promo of the day ends.
The 10 cent apps for Day 3 are:
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Yesterday Google has started its 10 billion app download promo where selected premium apps are up for grabs at dirt cheap prices. This promotion actually coincides with Android’s 10 billion app download milestone.
In continuation of this promo, the discounted 10 cent promo will continue with new apps for the next 9 days. Today, they have offered 11 apps at 10 cents which includes Fruit Ninja, Beautiful Widgets, Reckless Racing, Read it Later Pro and AirSync. At only 10 cents, you are simply tempted to hit the BUY button.
That’s total of 100 apps on offer which is only US$10 (RM31) if you buy them all. Head over to the Android Market for more info.
Alright, this sounds like a cheap airfare promo but it’s not. Google is offering 9 premium apps for only US$0.10. That’s about 32 sen in our currency. The 10 cent promo is going for 10 days and could be limited for 10 billion downloads or maybe to bring up Android app download numbers to 10 billion.
The participating apps are pretty good and they are SwiftKey X, Sound Hound, Asphalt 6 HD, Minecraft, Endomondo Sports Tracker, Great Little War Game, Sketchbook Mobile, Fieldrunners HD, Color & Draw for Kids & Paper Camera.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Android Market 10 billion app download promo page.
Thanks to @keithwoo for the heads up!
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Google+ for Android is now available in Malaysia. You can download it direct from Android Market just search “Google+” and you’re good to go or just click on this link right here.
Thanks @EiffelMalaysia for sending this in
The new Android Market will allow book purchases and movie rental directly from your Android device and make them available across all your other devices via your Google account without the need for wires. This is great stuff but unfortunately it will be available in limited countries starting from the US. Don’t hold your breath hoping for these features to come to Malaysia.
Aside from that, the one thing that’s relevant to all Android users is the major overhaul of the look and feel of the market.
The design makes finding the apps you want and discovering news apps much easier. It’s also more enjoyable to use compared to the various other iterations of the app. The introduction of app collections like staff picks and Editors’ Choice apps are much welcomed as well.
Overall the new Android Market is great and a joy to use. How do we know? Where using it now and you can to. No rooting or hacking required. All you need to do is click on the link below from your computer, drag the installer into your Android’s memory card and from your Android device click install, and there you go, you’re using the new Android Market.
Try out the new Android Market for yourself now. Just remember, you need to be running Android 2.2 or above.
Angry Birds Seasons is getting another update with its upcoming Pignic Seasons. Now not only it will be available on iPhone, iPad, Android and Symbian, it is also coming to Mac, PCs and Nook Colour.
On a side note, do you have a serious Angry Bird addiction? Mike Tyson has a solution.
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The moment most Android users have been waiting for is here. Google has announced availability of paid apps to more markets which includes Malaysia.
We tried to buy an app from the market’s website but we couldn’t manage to do so. It kept prompting us to re-sign into our account again. However it can be done through the mobile market app. Credit card is the only payment channel at the moment via Google Checkout.
The exchange rate that Android market used is currently US$1 = RM2.98, which makes games like Robo Defense costing RM8.92 (US$2.99) in our local currency. This couldn’t come at a better time since the dollar is cheaper right now.
Another new feature in the Market is Editor’s choice which features the Top rated apps by Google. This makes it easier to discover apps that are worth downloading.
Thanks everyone who buzzed us in the comments and twitter!
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Angry Birds fans, the latest version of the this popular mobile game is now available for iOS, Android, Symbian S^3 and (if you have it) WebOS devices. The Angry Birds Easter Egg edition features 15 new springtime levels for you to enjoy with not much change in the original gameplay.
Thanks @tigervyh for the tip via Twitter.
Best of all, both apps are FREE.
Angry Birds Rio Android Market link here
Tap Tap Revenge 4 Android Market link here