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Google Starts Testing its Own Monthly Gaming Subscription

Earlier in April, it was reported that Apple has invested over $500 million to build its stable of Arcade gaming service

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

In a bid to compete with Apple’s upcoming library of mobile games, Apple Arcade, Google has started testing its own monthly gaming subscription called Play Pass.

Google’s Play Pass subscription service is expected to offer “hundreds of premium apps and games” with no ads or in-app purchases for a flat monthly fee”, The Verge reported on Thursday.

According to the leaked screenshots that tech website Android Police received from a reader, Google’s Play Pass would require users to pay a monthly $4.99 fee for unlimited access to a catalog of premium apps and games.

The screenshot shows game titles like “Monument Valley”, “Knights of the Old Republic”, “Threes”, “Limbo”, “Stardew Valley” available as part of the service.

So far, the details that have come into light about Google’s gaming subscription seem to be quite similar to the upcoming Apple Arcade subscription, which was announced earlier in March this year.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

However, while Apple Arcade is only focused on games, Google Play Pass seems to offer access to an existing catalogue of games and apps that are already on the Google Play Store, the report said.

As of now, Google has not officially announced or addressed reports concerning its monthly gaming subscription plan for Android users.

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Earlier in April, it was reported that Apple has invested over $500 million to build its stable of Arcade gaming service.

Apple Arcade is slated for launch sometime in the second half of 2019. (IANS)

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Google Brings New Feature Called ‘Focus Mode’ For Android Devices

Focus mode is available on all devices that currently have Digital Wellbeing and parental controls settings, including new phones launching with Android 9 and Android 10

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Focus mode is a new Digital Wellbeing tool on Google Android, now out of beta, that helps you get things done by temporarily pausing apps so you can focus on the task at hand. Pixabay

Google has introduced a new feature ‘Focus Mode’ for Android devices designed to prevent its users from being consistently distracted by their smartphone.

The feature allows users to turn off distractions – like social media updates or email notifications – for a period of time, so a user can get things done without interruption.

Focus mode was first announced at Google’s developer conference in the summer as part of Android Q/10.

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Google has introduced a new feature ‘Focus Mode’ for Android devices designed to prevent its users from being consistently distracted by their smartphone. Pixabay

“Focus mode is a new Digital Wellbeing tool on Android, now out of beta, that helps you get things done by temporarily pausing apps so you can focus on the task at hand. You can select apps you currently find distracting (like social media or games) and if you try to open them, Focus mode will remind you that app is paused.

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“Focus mode will also silence those apps’ notifications until you are ready to switch out of the mode,” Dayson Pais Product Manager, Android said in a statement on Wednesday.

Focus mode is available on all devices that currently have Digital Wellbeing and parental controls settings, including new phones launching with Android 9 and Android 10. (IANS)