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Google just made a very subtle change to its Play Store logo and icons

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Google’s Play Store is getting a brand new look … well, kind of.

In a continuing effort refine the Play brand, Google has quietly rolled out a new logo for the Play Store, Android Police noticed. The new logo drops the shopping bag, just leaving the colorful triangle as the new app icon.

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New Logo

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Old Logo

Old Logo

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While the new icon first appeared on Google’s new Pixel phone, the bagless design is now rolling out to other devices too.

Sure, it’s a very subtle change, but the redesign comes with a big branding message. As Google continues to tweak logo designs, it’s creating a cohesive visual identity tied to the clean, material design aesthetic that the company announced a few years ago.  Read more…

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China wants to control what apps citizens use, but can Google play along?

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Google is mulling a new way to finally get its official Play Store through the Great Firewall of China. But it faces an uphill battle, as the country tightens its grip on what apps its citizens have on their smartphones.

The Information reports that Netease, China’s second-largest games firm, has approached Google to form a joint venture, in order to launch the Play Store in the world’s largest smartphone market.

This follows rumours from 2015 that Google was working on a China-only version of its Play Store, in order to comply with regulators. Read more…

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Spotify, Netflix, LINE, Pandora & HBO NOW top the list of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue

2016-top-apps-hero According to a new year-end report from Sensor Tower detailing the top apps of 2016, streaming services dominated when it came to which apps, outside of games, pulled in the most revenue over the past year. At the top of the list is Spotify, which not only scored the number one spot on the iTunes App Store, but also was the number one revenue earner across both platforms, including both… Read More

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