Google Play an integrated destination for apps, books, movies, and music, accessible to users on Android devices and to anyone on the Web. As part of this launch, Google Play replaces and extends Android Market — users everywhere can now find their favorite apps and games in Google Play, with other digital content, all in one place.
After having re-branded its digital storefronts from Android Market to Google Play, early problems with the Google Play app forced Google to quickly deploy and push out a new update. Early adopters to the Google Play storefront noticed that some of the link to the store was broken and even if the store loaded, apps and content that are highlighted on the store’s main page did not automatically refresh or update. Fortunately, Google has responded quickly and is now pushing out a new Google Play Store app update, which brings the app to version 3.4.7.
If you want to go ahead and update the Google Play Store app to the latest version, you can manually download the APK to your device and install it from there. Otherwise, if your device still shows Android Market, when the update is pushed, you should have the latest version of the Google Play Store.
Google Play Store is essentially the same as Android Market and unifies apps, music, books, and movies. The switch in branding from Android Market to Google Play suggests a larger shift for Google, which may want to indicate that its app store will encompass more platforms rather than just Android. For instance, even though Google TV is powered by Android, it is branded as Google TV and a Google Play Store would make more sense than Android Market on that platform. But beyond Google TV and Android, perhaps Google has more projects up its sleeves that may tap into the Play Store in the future.
We believe that with a strong brand, compelling offerings, and a seamless purchasing and consumption experience, Google Play will drive more traffic and revenue to the entire ecosystem.
We’ll be investing in the brand to bring Google Play to as many people as possible, and we’ll also invest in the latest digital content to keep Google Play fresh, relevant, and engaging. Apps and games remain the core of Google Play, so we’ll continue investing in new ways to connect users with their favorite apps, and developers with new customers.
As we grow and promote Google Play around the world, we’ll be marketing your apps and games at the same time. Our policies have not changed and our goal is still the same — to create a great, open marketplace for distributing Android apps.
Google Play is built on the same infrastructure as Android Market, so the transition for users and developers will be seamless. Users can sign into their existing accounts with the same credentials as before and purchase content using the same payment methods. As a developer, there’s no change needed to your published products and you can continue to use the same publishing tools to put your app in front of hundreds of millions of Android users. If your app was in Android Market yesterday, it’s in Google Play today.
We’ll be rolling out Google Play to devices in a phased OTA update, starting today and continuing over the days to come. With the update, the Android Market app will upgrade to the Play Store app and the Music, Videos, and Books apps will upgrade to Play Music, Play Movies, and Play Books. This update is for devices running Android 2.2 or higher, and users on other devices will continue to have the same access to your apps as before.
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