Hello Google Play, Adios Android Market

Sanjana March 10, 2012 0

Google’s Android Market has undergone a terrific transition. What started as a standalone app store quickly grew to include e-books, music, videos and so on. Entertainment is believed to be fun but in reality getting everything to work involves moving files between your computers, endless syncing between your devices and of course a lot of wires. Google felt that Android Market was getting too restrictive for whatever they were trying to deliver to their users and therefore Google has officially put the Android Market to rest.

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Google Inc surprises everyone by unifying its digital entertainment offerings in a single cloud based solution called “Google Play”. Now all the Google offerings such as Android Market Place, eBook Store and Google Music will be under one common  umbrella that is  “Google Play” so you need not worry about losing them or moving them again. Google Play, is a digital entertainment destination where all your favorite music, movies, books and apps are stored online and are readily available to you and you can enjoy and share them on your Android phone or tablet. Let’s take a quick glance at some of the   features of Google Play.


  • You can store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
  • Browse through the world’s largest selection of eBooks
  • Rent innumerable number of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles
  • Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games

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From now on, Android Market, Google Music and Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. The Android Market app will get upgraded to Google Play Store app soon in the coming days. All your videos, books and music apps (in countries where they are available) will also get upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music apps. With the launch of Google Play, you can now be able to purchase applications for as low as 25 cents. The music, movies, books

and apps that you had previously purchased will continue to be available to you through Google Play. You just have to log in with your Google account like before.

To begin with Google Play will come with the storage capability of 20, 000 music tracks or you can also purchase new songs from a catalog of over 8 million songs. You can also choose from over 450, 000 applications that include games and a massive collection of  4 million eBooks that is supposed to be the highest ever database of eBooks available on a single platform as claimed by Google Inc. . Adding on to the list you can also rent thousands of movies. Google Play will now be available with the contents as mentioned below but will soon be extended to other parts of world too.

Paid Apps: Available in these countries
Movies: Available in US, UK, Canada, and Japan
eBooks: Available in US, UK, Canada, and Australia
Music: Available in US

Everywhere else, Google Play will be the new home for Android apps. On being asked about the need of all this, Google’s Rosenberg said that they wanted to make everything very simple and empower users so that all could be done with just signing on to Google account. Their long-term goal is to release a variety of contents to people across the world, and a lot more such initiatives is yet to arrive. You can check out the video posted below to have an insight into the new Google Play.

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