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So why isn't there more app store competition?

If you want to download an app on your phone, you'll most likely head to a marketplace owned by Apple or Google. It'll be tough for any wireless carrier to establish an alternative.

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A new Sneak Peek of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Reports point to an early August release for Samsung's next flagship phone, Google's Workshop wants you to customize your Nexus 5, and are the Google mystery barges no more?

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Use Unclouded to analyze storage in Dropbox and Google Drive

Christian Göllner, an XDA member and Android developer, has released an app that helps you find out what's taking up all of your space in Dropbox and Google Drive.

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A birthday gift from Chromecast: $30 of unlimited music

A promotion for the first anniversary of Google's streaming stick includes three months of All Access streaming music and cuts the $35 dongle's price to virtually $5.

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Handicapping Google's 'horse in every race' strategy

Search giant is investing in everything from broadband access to grocery deliveries. But it still hasn't found a way to turn them into moneymakers. Will that change soon?

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Apple tips off FTC over Google in-app purchases, report says

After Apple pays $32.5 million to customers over purchases made by kids using parents' passwords, Google may be next to face the FTC's scrutiny.

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Google software update paves way for wearables on Android

Among other things, Google Play Services 5.0, a new software update, aims to help developers easily make the transition to wearable-friendly apps.

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Google buys Songza, a Pandora-like player where context is king

For all the flash of Apple buying Beats, Google's purchase of Songza gives it an online music service focused on anticipatory contextual playlists -- key to an "Internet of Things" future.

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Android podcast apps worth a listen and a look

We've gathered up some of the best podcast apps available for Google's mobile platform.

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Google Play Games will be at core of Android TV gaming

Google's mobile gaming hub has grown by 100 million users. Now, its ready to span all your devices with Android TV.

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Android Wear takes center stage

It's everything you can expect to see at Google I/O 2014. Google pushes for smartwatches, Android TV, and the next flavor of Android.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15:  Attendees visit the Android booth during the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Thousands are expected to attend the 2013 Google I/O developers conference that runs through May 17. At the close of the markets today Google shares were at all-time record high at $916 a share, up 3.3 percent.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google is abusing its Play power, says third-party Android app store CEO

Aptoide files an antitrust complaint in Europe against the search giant for its handling of alternative app stores.

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