Top
Android Market to close...enter Google Play
fade
4836
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-4836,single-format-standard,eltd-core-1.1.1,flow child-child-ver-1.0.0,flow-ver-1.3.6,,eltd-smooth-page-transitions,ajax,eltd-blog-installed,page-template-blog-standard,eltd-header-vertical,eltd-sticky-header-on-scroll-up,eltd-default-mobile-header,eltd-sticky-up-mobile-header,eltd-menu-item-first-level-bg-color,eltd-dropdown-default,eltd-header-style-on-scroll,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.1,vc_responsive

Android Market to close…enter Google Play

Google PlayAs of today Android Market is no more. Instead Google is replacing it as well as unifying all its offerings under the Google Play Banner.

Google Play

Google’s official blog had this to say:
Entertainment is supposed to be fun. But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires. Today we’re eliminating all that hassle with Google Play, 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 is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available to you, and you never have to worry about losing them or moving them again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GdZxbmEHW7M

Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. On your Android phone or tablet, Google will be upgrading the Android Market app to the Google Play Store app over the coming days. Your videos, books and music apps (in countries where they are available) will also be upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music apps. The music, movies, books and apps you’ve purchased will continue to be available to you through Google Play—simply log in with your Google account like always. Here is a summary of what content is available on Google Play:

  • 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
Google Play
While I understand Google’s desire to consolidate everything under one banner I’m not sure this is a great idea. The Android Market has become as ubiquitous as the Apple App Store as a source for apps and related media. Sure the Market wasn’t perfect and needed some work and Google wanted to indicate that the non-app media content wasn’t just for Android..but to me, Play Google just doesn’t send the right message. What do you think?
Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

No Comments

Tell us what you think!