Lawnchair, the best near-stock Android launcher you've never heard of, is now on the Play Store

On the topic of launchers, we have a pretty good understanding of what makes a third-party offering better than the built-in one – customizability, ease of use, and snapiness, of course. Nova Launcher is the anecdotal default answer when you will most definitely find when you go search for Android launchers, but it’s always nice to have some alternatives up in your alley.
A new entrant on the launcher scene is a niche debutant that has been doing the round in the underground – dubbed Lawnchair as a tongue-in-cheek joke, this one is closely mimicking the appearance …


Google Play Store starts rolling out new design… violates its own Material Design guidelines

Google has started rolling out a new design for the Play Store… and it goes right against one of the fundamental principles of Material Design.
Namely, it uses nested tabs, a technique that Google explicitly says should not be used and instead recommends using content hierarchy in different forms.
So basically what you get now is a bunch of categories, and underneath another list of tabs, and in some cases even a third list of tabs with this new design of the Google Play Store.
Of …

Minecraft skins on the Play Store discovered as malware

At this point it’s become quite clear that Google isn’t really the best at keeping malicious apps out of the Play Store, although it’s doing a spectacularly flashy job of trying to convince us otherwise. So it’s no surprise today has brought us another piece of news about malware infiltrating Google’s online storefront. The culprit this time? Minecraft.

Okay, not exactly — the old Microsoft/Google rivalry has yet to devolve into cyber warfare tactics. However, as security researchers working for Symantec recently found out, the game’s mobile version has been used as a vector …

Microsoft Edge Preview app now available for Android users from the Google Play Store

It was exactly one week ago today when we told you that Microsoft Edge for iOS was made official with 10,000 users allowed to sign up for a beta through TestFlight. We also told you that the Android version of the app would be coming soon. Starting today, the Android version of the Microsoft Edge browser is available without restrictions from the Google Play Store. Because Microsoft wants to use the rendering engine that works best for the platform, the Edge app for Android will employ Google’s Blink instead of Microsoft’s EdgeHTML.

The Microsoft Edge app for Android is available globally, …

Google Assistant gets released in the Play Store, but it's just a shortcut of the app

In a surprising turn of events, Google has decided to release its Assistant app in the Google Play Store. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, the app does absolutely nothing for those who don’t already have Google Assistant installed on their smartphones.

It’s just there to let you know if it’s compatible or not with your device and possibly to get faster updates. It has become standard for many smartphone companies to release specific apps in the Google Play Store to allow them to update them faster without having to wait for the next Android update.

Google …

Motorola starts rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Moto X Play

It looks like Motorola has just started to push the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to the Moto X Play. The US-based company confirmed back in June that the mid-range smartphone will be updated to Nougat, but it did not offer details on the exact release date.

Even now we still don’t know when the update will arrive in certain countries, but at least some Moto X Play owners managed to upgrade their phones. For the time being, the only reports that confirm Motorola have kicked off the roll-out of Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Moto X Play come from Brazil.

The update contains one of the newest …

Malware found in wallpaper apps infects 21 million Android devices via Google Play

The second largest outbreak to hit the Google Play Store that we know of is called ExpensiveWall, a new malware discovered in wallpaper apps, which is said to be responsible for the infection of 21.1 million Android devices.

Check Point’s researchers discovered the malware early last month and issued a statement that contains all their findings related to ExpensiveWall.

Unfortunately, the malware infected at least 50 apps on Google Play, which were downloaded between 1 million and 4.2 million times before they were removed.

The ExpensiveWall malware was “packed” inside wallpaper …

Grab a bunch of premium Android icon packs, now free for a limited time on Google Play!

If you’ve been following our various columns on Android customization, then you should know by now that we have a soft sport for custom icon packs around here. And how couldn’t we? Applying a custom icon set is like giving your home screen a fresh coat of paint and is among the basic rights of every Android user out there!

There’s no such thing as having too many icon packs and don’t you believe anyone who tells you the opposite! Okay, okay, we kid, but we do like custom icon packs and we also like sharing our favorites with you, the readers!

As usual, …

Grab a bunch of paid Android games, now free for a limited time on Google Play!

Looking for some nice new games to play on your Android smartphone? If that’s the case, you might be pleased to hear that several games that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play.

This collection features several different genres, so we’ve made sure to include an image, video (where available), and a short description below each title in order to aid you in the selection process.

Also, make sure to check out the end of sale times for each game below the respective download link. At the time of writing (September 14th), some of these …

If Google Play Protect messed up Bluetooth on your Android phone, here is a quick fix

Google Play Protect combines several features that are already available for Android handsets, and puts them together under the Google Play Protect branding. This includes automatic scanning for viruses and the Find My Device feature. The Google Play Protect logo will soon appear on the packaging of every device with the Google Play Store pre-installed. The service has been pushed out to several Android models, and this has led to a problem with Bluetooth on some units.

For some reason, Google Play Protect red flags an app called Bluetooth Share 7.0, mistakenly listing it as being unsafe. …