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Google celebrates 25 billion downloads from Play Store with 25p sale

Google have announced that there have now been 25 billion downloads from the Play Store (presumably this includes apps, books and films). To celebrate, they are running a promotion where over the next 5 days a selection of apps will be sold for 25p each (the US gets them for 25c, boo!) There are also books and films available for 99p.

25 billion downloads from the Play StoreFingers crossed that the apps available are not ones that I’ve already bought! Today’s batch includes OfficeSuite Pro 6+ (which I already have!) plus games such as Angry Birds Space and Asphalt 7: Heat. Keep an eye on the promotion page at the Play Store each day to see what becomes available!

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Samsung release cheeky anti-iPhone 5 advert

Following on from last week’s iPhone unveiling, Samsung have responded with the following advert (click the thumbnail to view the full size image):

Samsung anti-iPhone 5 advert

The advert lists various specifications for both phones, most of which favour Samsung’s Galaxy S3 phone. To a casual viewer (probably the target for the advert) it looks like the S3 knocks the socks off the iPhone 5, especially with the extra features Samsung have listed that the iPhone 5 doesn’t have (even as an Android fan I feel this is a bit unfair, it’d be easy to list iPhone 5 features that the S3 doesn’t have). Still, some of the comparisons are very true, such as the standard micro USB connector vs Apple’s new proprietary connector. I don’t think the advert will persuade any Apple or Android fanbois about the merits of the other device, but it may well get the attention of casual users who don’t have any favourites.

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Amazon launch UK Appstore for Android devices

As part of the UK release of the Kindle Fire, Amazon have now launched a UK version of their appstore. By following the link, you can get a .apk file to install on your Android device, after which you can login and get access to the store.

Amazon Appstore iconThe main attraction of the Amazon appstore is the daily free app. Each day a normally paid-for app is available for free. The quality of these varies – the first few days saw Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies available for free, but other apps are not quite as useful. It’s worth checking every day though as you might save yourself some money!