Google doubles down on entertainment, replaces Android Market with Google Play

Google doubles down on entertainment, replaces Android Market with Google Play

Summary: Google is attempting to leverage its success with Android apps into sales of music, books, and movies by putting them all under one roof.

TOPICS: Google

Didn't see that one coming. Instead of giving up on its heretofore failed foray into music, books, and video, Google announced today it was combining all of its entertainment offerings into one site: Google Play:

Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. On your Android phone or tablet, we’ll 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.

Despite being far-and-away the most popular part of the new service, Android apps are relegated to last place on the screen. The other items are not even available yet in most parts of the world (music is currently U.S. only, movies in the US, UK, Canada, and Japan, and books in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia). And don't even get me started on the prospect of selling serious business applications on something called the "Play Store".

Links to the Android Market are already being redirected to the new Google Play web site, and Google is rolling out updates to rebrand their apps on all Android devices running 2.2 and above. Developers should read the Google Play FAQ for Android Apps Developer page and the updated Android Branding Guidelines page.

Topic: Google

Ed Burnette

About Ed Burnette

Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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  • "Google Play" ..seriously??

    That's really the name they picked?

    Wow.. just Wow...
    • Agree

      Yeah, you don't play apps, or books or films... You can play games and music, but for the rest of it, it doesn't work.

      For iTunes, you can understand, the brand was there, before they diversified into films, apps and books, but Google's name just doesn't make sense.
  • Hmmm...

    What was wrong with "Market?" Makes a lot more sense than "Play."
  • What next?

    Expect a Google tablet to come out called the Google Play.
  • Play?

    Thought they would learn something from Apple's "iTunes" and "iTunes Store" naming. But we can forgive Apple, we all know the history of iTunes and how it first started out as a music only software for the iPod. What's the reasoning behind "Google Play", for eBooks and Apps?
  • Google Play, really?

    I thought my phone needed to be restarted when I kept getting something about play and having to agree. I don't do movies, books or paid music on my phone and now I have to weed through all of those to get to the apps section? Oh well.