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Android Market Rebrands to Google Play to Unify Your Fun

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Sunday, 11 March 2012 06:00

Rumours concerning Google Play being the possible name of Google's future Nexus tablet have been put to bed. Four days ago, on Tuesday March 6th, Android Market ceased to exist as it became rebranded, to Google Play Store. The main intention for this dramatic and unexpected name change is to present a new Android store that unifies Android Market (Google's default appstore), Google Music and Google eBookstore, placing them on a white fluffy cloud in which you can store thousands of tunes.

Android Market, sorry, Google Play is being rolled out across the globe over the coming weeks, and is already here in the UK. It's definitely competition for iTunes and is quite similar. You don't have to do anything to get this upgrade. Within the next couple of visits you make to Android Market, you'll be prompted to upgrade to Google Play; simply accept the terms and conditions and you'll receive this upgrade automatically. You may notice the app icon on you phone screen for Android Market has changed, which suggests Google Play is waiting to be installed. Tap to open the app and you will be able to access Google Play after taking the above steps.

Google Play replaces Android Market.


Google offers free cloud storage to all of its customers, which frees up a shed load of memory. Every app, film or eBook you choose to download from the many thousands available is held on Google's cloud, and can be streamed to any device with no sync needed. So your enjoyment is not interrupted when you switch from your phone to your PC or tablet once you arrive home after a busy day. You'll land at the exact same point you left off, ensuring you continue to enjoy the critical part of your favourite eBook or movie with zero hassle. All of this for free too!

You can share your music with friends via Google+, which allows them to listen to the full song rather than just an extract, but only one listen per song. You can also download movies from Google Play and watch them at a convenient time, even when you're offline. Nice.

As Google puts it: 'Google Play is a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet.'

Google Play introduction screen.

I've omitted Google Music from the preceding paragraph, as, although it's a brilliant feature, here in the UK we won't be seeing it for the time being. It would be cool to be able to browse, buy and store up to 20,000 songs, or store the hundreds you already have on your devices, but it's only the USA that enjoys Google Music at present. Access Google Play to purchase media from any device, even Apple iPhones, and view it when you like on which device you want.

Take a look at Google's official video introducing Google Play below, just make sure sound isn't muted:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 March 2012 20:10 )

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