Google’s Play Store is constantly evolving with significant improvements and changes. And the latest improvement comes with a new feature addition to the Play Store, which makes it easier for users in content searching. The new section on the Google Play Store, called the Trending section, shows the most trending topics and apps under it. The new section sits right under the entertainment tab, which is the one that reads Movies, Music, Books . To be exact, it is located right under the New Movie Releases, and is written in big and bold font, so you wouldn t miss it. Tapping on the section displays a page full of news, videos, links to other content, an author description and more. Also Read - Beware! this Squid game app can play off with your dataAlso Read - Now you will have to pay a processing fee for mobile recharges on PhonePe
Essentially, the section is like going through the Google Trends, with the top trending news, videos and apps showing up. The feature is currently not available for all Android users and is rolling out in phases. Although, the most trends are entertainment-centric, but it s an interesting section to keep users up to date who are interested in the topics. Android Authority shared some screenshots of the update, which shows the news around Bruno Mars turning down the ‘Versace on the Floor’ single has top trend. From what we can make out from the screenshots, the section resembles Flipboard quite a bit. Which means, the section will curate trending content from different sources, clicking on which would take you to the respective websites. Also Read - Google cuts Play Store fee to 15 percent for all subscription apps from 2022
Talking about the Google Play Store evolving at all times, just last week, in order to help developers monetize better with their premium apps, Google announced a new feature, which allows app makers to offer introductory discounts on subscriptions. With the new discount on subscriptions feature, developers will be able to create an introductory price for new subscribers for a set period of time before the regular subscription price is charged.
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For example, if there is an app subscription that costs Rs 30 per month, developers can offer new subscribers the subscription at an introductory price of Rs 10 for the first few months as required and later ramp it up to the original price. According to Google, a custom pricing strategy will help developers quickly acquire more subscribers and grow their subscription business. This will also help do away with forming a custom payment infrastructure to support discounted subscriptions. ALSO READ: Google Play Store gets Wait for Wi-Fi feature in India
The subscription feature was announced at Google s Playtime event for developers. At the event, Google also announced that its anticipated Daydream VR platform will soon be made available and the Google Play Store will offer high-quality VR apps. It further said that the Android apps, which currently run on Android smartphones and tablets have now been made available in beta on few Chromebook devices.
To help developers market their apps and services in a better manner, Google had also introduced a couple of new features such as pre-registration for major upcoming Android apps and Early Access for feedback in beta. ALSO READ: Google Play adds introductory discounts on app subscriptions
Additionally, late September, as part of Google for India announcements, Google was working on a Google Play Store app that works on slower 2G networks. Exclusively designed for the Indian audience, the new Play Store app will cache popular pages and allow users to download apps later when on Wi-Fi network via a Wait for Wi-Fi feature. Google is also working on offline search. So, when you are offline and make a search query, Google will send you a notification whether you would want to perform the search query when you re connected to the internet. This feature will soon be made available to users in India.