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Google releases Google Play for education, an extension of Android Play Store

Google Play for education, an extension of  android Google Play was released by Google exclusively for primary and secondary educators in the United States.



The new app store which is now available only in Nexus 7 devices has the ability to offer content which is ordered in bulk as it is distributed to student devices. Apps that are made available on app store are examined thoroughly before they are available for purchase.

“Apps are being reviewed by a third party network of educators,” mentioned in the FAQ in Google Play for education.

“These educators assign the appropriate subject, grade, and common core standards metadata, as well as evaluating whether the app meets the Google Play for education criteria for classroom use.”

Every app is reviewed whether it collects any unwanted personal information or usage of student data for unrelated functions. The overall experience of the app and educational value is also taken into account. Though Google allows free or paid apps in the education store, Google has recommended to show minimal amount of ads or small size ads. The maturity rating of the app, usage of ads in the app, and usage of personal data also is applies to the ads and apps on the store.

In-app purchases or free trials within in-app subscriptions are not supported. Android app store developers who want their apps to be submitted to the Education Play Store can mark their apps from the Google Play developer console.



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