Google Play Replaces Android Market: What You Need to Know

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Google has finally decided to unify its disparate Android Market content under the Google Play banner. The new moniker has completely replaced the aforementioned Android Market website and will slowly begin to take over Android handsets loaded with Android 2.2 Froyo and higher over the coming week.

So what does Google Play offer beyond just some new branding? To be quite honest, nothing really. In its announcement post, Google points out that Google Play offers room for up to 20,000 songs, lets you sync your apps and books across your devices and allows you to start watching movies on one device and pick up where you left off on another. If all of that sounds familiar it's because Google Music, Google Books and Google Movies already let you do all of that.

Google's announcement also makes a big to do about Google Play's cloud connectivity. Which again, is something that the Android Market and Google's various services have been offering since they debuted. But renaming the Android Market Google Play isn't the same as putting a fresh coat of paint on its digital marketplace.

Google Play marks Google's first major attempt to bring together its various media services under one family name. Starting with the the Android Market's change to Google Play, the company has changed Google Music to Google Play Music, Google Books to Google Play Books and Google Movies to Google Play Movies.

Think of Google Play as Google's attempt to get people to view its services as they view Apple's iTunes services. They all fall under the Google Play category and can be accessed through that one portal, like Google's services but each one branches off into its own store. It makes sense, especially when you consider how confusing it was to have services like Google Music and Movies appear as part of the Android Market without any explanation that they were all related. With the new naming scheme, users will be able to navigate Google's various markets without issue.

Our devices haven't yet been updated to Google Play, but we spent some time perusing the Google Play web page and can report that it looks essentially identical to the Android Market. The only real difference is the large Google Play logo in the top left of the screen. Short of that, there's nothing new that caught our eye.

We'll let you know how the revamped market looks on our Android tablets and phones when the update comes through.

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5 comments
  • Brian Says:

    As well as your security concerns Google play also can mistakenly mark your device as 'incompatable' It's too bad but maybe someone DOES need to take Google down a notch, let's see how the courts act. Google has enough with advertising, now the want too much profit and too much control.

  • Ron Sharpe Says:

    Part of my statement above (March 9th 2012 at 2:48am) had one word missing and because of this, failed to to completely make sense, so I am posting the same again with the extra word included.

    I have since re-read the Google Play conditions and can not now find the text within Google Play conditions that states their intention to serious intrude into our security.

    Once I had read the conditions imposed on Android users, I became concerned about the freedom of access to our phones that Google wants to have. As I read it, Google will have the right to fully access our phones and all of the content, with the right to insert or delete any content that THEY see fit to do so. I for one have been very selective when downloading Android applications, eliminating any that wanted to have full access to my phone. It seems that if I now want to use Google Play, that I will lose my option to chose. These facts make me feel very vulnerable, as having any one entity having the ability to dictate to me my freedom rights makes it very difficult for me to continue using Android to full effect. I would be very interested to hear the views of others and to correct me if my understanding of the situation is incorrect.

  • Ron Sharpe Says:

    Once I had read the conditions imposed on Android users, I became concerned about the freedom of access to our phones that Google wants to have. As I read it, Google will have the right to fully access our phones and all of the content, with the right insert or delete any content that THEY see fit to do so. I for one have been very selective when downloading Android applications, eliminating any that wanted to have full access to my phone. It seems that if I now want to use Google Play, that I will lose my option to chose. These facts make me feel very vulnerable, as having any one entity having the ability to dictate to me my freedom rights makes it very difficult for me to continue using Android to full effect. I would be very interested to hear the views of others and to correct me if my understanding of the situation is incorrect.

  • Matt Says:

    I thought you could do all this stuff before?

    This name is silly. I want my market back :(

  • Shivam Says:

    If there is no.major difference between A market and google play....then what is google trying to fix from these upgrades???