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Use gMusic on iOS to listen to Google Play Music All Access

Last week, Google introduced its Google Play Music All Access streaming subscription service. Like its main competitors, Spotify and Rdio, the service costs $9.99 a month (or $7.99 if you sign up before June 30) and gives users access to its entire archive of music to stream. But the service is limited to desktop browsers and Android users, which is a bit of a bummer for those with iPhones and iPads who are only able to listen through mobile browsers or third-party applications. So, one developer took the unfortunate news into his own hands and made Google Play Music All Access available to the iOS masses.

James Clancey is the man behind the gMusic application for iOS. It originally debuted in 2011, when Google unveiled the original Music service. To date, there is no official Google Music client for iOS, so gMusic has served as one of the more popular applications to act as a workaround to this limitation. After last week’s Google I/O keynote, Clancey spent the weekend figuring out a way to make many of the Radio features in Google Play Music All Access available to the iPhone-toting crowd. Clancey had submitted the update to the iTunes App Store earlier this week, and on the Thursday the app was updated to include full support for Google Play All Access, including the ability to stream music directly from Google Play and create and save Radio stations.

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When you start up the application, it will first ask you for your Google credentials. You’ll then be taken to a landing page showcasing your entire Google Music library. While gMusic’s interface is certainly user-friendly, anyone with improperly categorized, messy music libraries may find it a bit frustrating to use, especially if you sync podcasts into the cloud. Navigation can also be a bit confusing, but if you lose your place you can click back to the side to bring up the navigational pane.

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The slightly messy navigation doesn’t take away from the functionality of the application. As you select a song to play, gMusic will pop up a little loading icon next to each song to indicate how much of the track has been buffered. And just like with the Google Music application on Android, users can start a new station from a song: hit the ellipses button for more options and then select Create Radio Station. The radio station won’t instantly start up, however; you’ll have to go back a step to the navigational shade and select Radio to go to the station you just created. Playlists work the same way, too, though they’ll populate with songs you already have available in your library.

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If you want to search for new music to listen that that you don’t have currently synced or uploaded with Google Music, hit the “Web search” option to begin your query. You can search for artists, albums, and individual songs. Your music might get interrupted, however, as buffering can be a bit staggered in between songs. It’s not quite clear whether this is an issue with gMusic, Google’s servers, or the iPhone’s wireless connection. A few days ago, Paul Joyce, the product manager for Google Play Music, told Hypebot that “our system isn’t really built or optimized for third-party apps.” Our testing was done on an iPhone 4S connected only through Wi-Fi.

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In addition to all that Google Play All Access Music has to offer, gMusic also includes Airplay support (which we were unfortunately unable to test because of a lack of compatible hardware) as well as lock-screen integration and offline support. The app will recall what you were listening to before you closed down the application, and it also supports streaming over 3G, though this was another feature we didn’t have the ability to test.

This isn’t an official Google application so it’s not expected to be without a few kinks. If anything, it should be more of a pull for Google to push out an official application for this service for those users that want it. We don’t know much about Google’s plans to bring Google Play Music All Access to the iOS platform, and the new features aren’t available through the mobile browser, but the real question may be whether or not Apple will bring its rumored forthcoming subscription music service to iOS before Google can make a compatible app.

Use gMusic on iOS to listen to Google Play Music All Access

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Google I/O 2013: Google announces updates to Google Play developer console: beta testing & staged rollouts, app translations, more

Google today announced new features coming to the Google Play Developer Console that will make it easier for developers to track and optimize apps across markets.

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Perhaps one of the biggest features that will soon be available to developers is the ability to manage beta testing and staged rollouts right from within the Developers Console. The tool will allow developers to select a percentage of users for a stage rollout and easily beta test their apps among small amounts of users.

Among the new features, Google will be rolling out a new APK translation feature built into the console that allows developers to purchase translations through various providers directly through the console. Continue reading

Google I/O 2013: Google announces updates to Google Play developer console: beta testing & staged rollouts, app translations, more

Google today announced new features coming to the Google Play Developer Console that will make it easier for developers to track and optimize apps across markets.

Google Play developer

Perhaps one of the biggest features that will soon be available to developers is the ability to manage beta testing and staged rollouts right from within the Developers Console. The tool will allow developers to select a percentage of users for a stage rollout and easily beta test their apps among small amounts of users.

Among the new features, Google will be rolling out a new APK translation feature built into the console that allows developers to purchase translations through various providers directly through the console. Continue reading

Google I/O 2013: Google introduces Google Play game services at Google IO keynote

Google today announced Google Play game services for iOS and Android at its Google IO conference keynote in San Francisco.

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Hugo Barra, Google’s vice president of Android product management, took the stage during the Google IO keynote to show off the new set of gaming-specific Google APIs.

“Let’s talk about gaming,” Barra said.

Google Play game services includes cloud saves that work across devices, achievements, and leaderboards that use Google+ circles.

Barra showed off leaderboard functionality in the Android version of the popular indie game World of Goo.

He also revealed that Google Play game services will include matchmaking services to facilitate multiplayer gaming, but failed to show it off due to network difficulties during the keynote.

Google Play game services will be available starting today.

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Google I/O 2013: Google introduces Google Play game services at Google IO keynote

New Google Services apk confirms Google Play Games is coming

We have a clue at what Google will provide in their upcoming Play Games service, look for it all to make more sense next week at Google I/O

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There’s a new version of Google Play Services being distributed, and inside the file there’s plenty of reference to Google Play Games. For the past few weeks everyone has been sure that we were going to see some sort of Google Game Center for Android devices in the very near future, likely at Google I/O, and the fellows at Android Police have found all manner of clues and hints to what it will entail.

Things like leader boards and a matchmaking service are activities that a future application can trigger, as well as achievements and invitations. The settings for Play Games (so far, the only portion that’s working) also show notification settings that will allow you to pick and choose who can send you game notifications. The whole kit and caboodle is tied up into Google+, which should mean easy access to your friends as well as a central hub for all the gaming goodness.

Make no mistake, this is pretty awesome. But it leaves a few unanswered questions. How backwards compatible will this be? How difficult (or easy) will it be for developers to integrate Play Games into their applications? Can any game be built to work with the new service? Most importantly, when will this go live? We’ll likely get all those answers and more next week in San Francisco.

For now, be sure to head to Android Police to read their in-depth look at everything they found inside the new Google Play Services file, it’s a pretty epic read.

Source: Android Police

New Google Services apk confirms Google Play Games is coming

New Google Services apk confirms Google Play Games is coming

We have a clue at what Google will provide in their upcoming Play Games service, look for it all to make more sense next week at Google I/O

Google Play Games

There’s a new version of Google Play Services being distributed, and inside the file there’s plenty of reference to Google Play Games. For the past few weeks everyone has been sure that we were going to see some sort of Google Game Center for Android devices in the very near future, likely at Google I/O, and the fellows at Android Police have found all manner of clues and hints to what it will entail.

Things like leader boards and a matchmaking service are activities that a future application can trigger, as well as achievements and invitations. The settings for Play Games (so far, the only portion that’s working) also show notification settings that will allow you to pick and choose who can send you game notifications. The whole kit and caboodle is tied up into Google+, which should mean easy access to your friends as well as a central hub for all the gaming goodness.

Make no mistake, this is pretty awesome. But it leaves a few unanswered questions. How backwards compatible will this be? How difficult (or easy) will it be for developers to integrate Play Games into their applications? Can any game be built to work with the new service? Most importantly, when will this go live? We’ll likely get all those answers and more next week in San Francisco.

For now, be sure to head to Android Police to read their in-depth look at everything they found inside the new Google Play Services file, it’s a pretty epic read.

Source: Android Police

New Google Services apk confirms Google Play Games is coming

Apex Launcher 2.0 hits Google Play, puts notifications on app icons

Apex can honestly claim to be one of the more popular launchers on Android, with over a million installs and 44,000 ratings over at Google Play.

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The stock-like skin has just been updated to version 2.0, with the biggest addition being support for Apex Notifier. This feature enables iOS-style notifications on individual app icons, but you’ll have to fork over $3.99 for Apex Launcher Pro to make it work. In the proper spirit of Android, however, you’ll also get to pick which apps get notifications and which don’t. If you’re getting bored with the stock launcher or just want to hide the cartoonish visage of TouchWiz, hit up the source link to download Apex for yourself.

Apex Launcher 2.0 hits Google Play, puts notifications on app icons