Android Market Is Out, Replaced by Google Play
Article by George Norman
On 13 Mar 2012
Google’s app store, the appropriately named Android Market, has gone the way of the dodo. Unlike the dodo, which is gone forever, Google replaced the Android Market with something else, mainly Google Play. It brings together the Android Market, Google Music, and the Google eBookstore, meaning that the new service Google Play is now home to Android apps and games, books, music and movies.


Google Play is the new one-stop show where you can find some 450,000 apps, millions of books, millions of songs (store up to 20,000 songs for free, buy millions more), and thousands of movies. The apps, music and videos you’ve already purchased will, of course, be available via Google Play.

Google Play is completely cloud-based, and the nice thing about this is that, as long as you have an internet connection, you have easy access to all your favorite music, movies, books and apps. You don’t have to worry about transferring your digital entertainment from one device to another, and you definitely do not have to worry about losing your digital entertainment.

As mentioned above, the new Google Play brings together the Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore. Android users will be updated from the Android Market to Google Play, and their movies, videos, and music apps will be upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books, and Google Play Music apps (in the countries where the service is available).

“In the U.S., music, movies, books and Android apps are available in Google Play,” explained Jamie Rosenberg, Director of Digital Content. “In Canada and the U.K., we’ll offer movies, books and Android apps; in Australia, books and apps; and in Japan, movies and apps. Everywhere else, Google Play will be the new home for Android apps. Our long-term goal is to roll out as many different types of content as possible to people around the world, and we’ll keep adding new content to keep it fresh.”

For additional information on Google Play click here.
A handy Q&A about Google Play is available here.

Tags: Google, Android, Android Market, Google Play
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