With the April update of Google Play Store in full swing, users can expect new applications, games, movies, TV and music that they can add to their download list, if they haven’t downloaded it already. The update comes with games worth checking out, such as Nintendo’s Miitomo and Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2. New applications also include Nike +, Domo and Inc. But this is not all that’s happening in Google Play Store.
Last April 04, Miitomo claimed the number one spot on Google Play’s “Top Free” with 1 million installs. Nintendo’s debut smart device app surpassed popular apps like Facebook, Messenger, Snapchat and Instagram. What’s even more surprising is that the 1 million installs happened in less than a week. More people continue to install Miitomo, which shows that the popularity of the application continues to grow. This app is centered on social networking.
Lego Jurrasic World
At the same time as the release of Miitomo, Lego also added a new title to the Android platform, Lego Jurassic World. The game has 20 story levels that let you collect precious amber that contains dinosaur DNA, which you can use to build your own dinosaur or create new species, by mixing and matching different DNA. You can then control the dinosaurs to play the game.
Lego Jurassic World can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for a fee. It has no in-app purchases.
Taliban App, Down
But the real jaw-dropping news is the Taliban app Pashto Afghan News that made its way to the Google Play Store. It was later removed, 2 days after it was launched into the public domain. The app contains video content, official statements, and other materials that the Islamist group used to grow their audience through digital channels, according to The Guardian.
The new app is just one of the many online platforms that the group used to maintain their online presence. They also have a website, and social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.
Google is not the first to ban anything related to the Taliban. Facebook and Twitter continue to remove the group’s pages and accounts in their respective domain, but their social media presence persists.
Google’s move to ban the offensive app did not suppress speculations as to how it made its way to Google Play Store. The internet giant, after all, has already rolled out a new series of moderation checks that are designed to catch offensive app before they make it out in public.
That aside, security and safety features and filter of Google Play Store are still in play. These include a password restriction on purchases, mature content filters and widget auto-add control.
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