The Android Market is out! Google Play is the new kid on the block
Google’s Android Market has gone through massive changes since its launch. It went from a simple app store to including e-books, music and videos. Now Google feels that the Android Market is making the experience a bit too restrictive and not really offering what Google wants to deliver to its users.
Google wanted to consolidate all the offerings under a single brand name and starting today has made the switch to replace the Android Market with Google Play. Apple’s had a single solution for offering users videos, music, e-books etc. via the iTunes store for a while and Google’s move will bring it in a better position to compete with iTunes.
With Google Play you can:
- Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
- Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
- Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
- Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles
The upgrade will be pushed to Android phone and tablets over the next week. For those worried about what this means for their purchased items and selections, fear not as it will all remain the way it was. Nothing has changed except for a major rebranding and consolidation of major Google services.
This move will put push the idea that Google services are not just for Android users but for everyone. Google Engineering Director Chris Yerga says “Google’s intent with Google Play was to not only break down the “silos” that Google’s content types were lumped into, but also to “break down the barriers between content consumption and the store experience.”
Since the content that users see varies by region, Google users will see different content pushed to them based on their geographic locations.
Google’s Official Blog says “In the U.S., music, movies, books and Android apps are available in Google Play. 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.”