Google along with a new version of Android called Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, also added more entertainment to Google Play. For Android devices with the Google Play, Google launched the following at Google I/O today:
- Smart app updates: For Android 2.3, Gingerbread devices and up, when there is a new version of an app in Google Play, only the parts of the app that changed are downloaded to users’ devices. On average, a smart app update is a third the size of a full apk update. This means your users save bandwidth and battery and the best part? You don’t have to do a thing. This is automatically enabled for all apps downloaded from Google Play.
- App encryption: From Jelly Bean and forward, paid apps in Google Play are encrypted with a device-specific key before they are delivered and stored on the device. We know you work hard building your apps. We work hard to protect your investment.
- Google Cloud Messaging for Android: This is the next version of C2DM and goes back to Froyo. Getting started is easy and has a whole bunch of new APIs than C2DM has to offer. If you sign-up for GCM, you will be able to see C2DM and GCM stats in the Android developer console. Most importantly, the service is free and there are no quotas. You can learn more about the feature here.
Google Play: more entertainment
Google Play is having more than 600,000 apps and games plus music, movies and books. It’s entirely cloud-based, which means all of your content is always available across all of devices.
Today, Google Play expands to include magazines. “We’ve been working with leading publishers Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith and more to offer magazines like House Beautiful, Men’s Health, Shape and WIRED,” posted Google.
Now, you can also purchase movies in addition to renting them. And, Google is adding television shows on Google Play–including: episodes of broadcast and cable TV shows, like “Revenge,” “Parks & Recreation” and “Breaking Bad,” from some of the top studios, like ABC Studios, NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures.
You can play back movies and TV shows on all your Android devices, through Google Play on the web, and on YouTube, and soon we’ll bring the experience to Google TV devices.
Movie purchases, TV shows and magazines are available today on play.google.com, and will roll out to Google Play on devices over the coming days.
In addition to pushing the Chrome for Android out of beta, Google has also added some new app controls to the “My Android Apps” section of the Google Play Store.
Users have been able to remotely install apps from the web version of the Google Play store since the Android Market, but now they can also remotely uninstall most of the apps (System apps and carrier loaded apps that can’t be reinstalled without a fight) using an iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone phone, Android device, or a laptop/PCs.
Just open the Google Play site in your favorite browser, click “My Android Apps”, select your device and click the trash icon next to the app you want to uninstall.
If you’ve disabled the option that allows Google Play Store to automatically update your apps or if some of them aren’t yet updated, you can also the “My Android Apps” page to update them manually.
What if you’ve accidentally uninstalled an app and you want to install it again? Check the “My Account” page to find the list of apps you’ve recently installed. Please note that when you uninstall an app, the settings and the app’s data are removed and you can’t get them back (easily). Use the “disable” feature from Android 4.0+ to “freeze” an app, while preserving its settings and data.