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What is Google Play?

Is it a tablet? Google’s new secret wonderland? Nope. Although it would be cool to see a Google tablet, heck even a secret wonderland would be awesome but alas, Google Play is simply a name change with a few twists and turns.

Google Play is what the Android Market used to be.  The standalone app has seen many changes over the past year by adding e-books, music, and videos to its offerings hence Google felt a name change was in order and “Google Play” was born. The new moniker extends to all of their services. Google Music is now Google Play Music. Google Movies is now Google Play Movies. And the most bizarre name change of all is Google Books to Google Play Books – exactly what is Google implying there?

According to Google, Google Play is a “digital entertainment destination.” It’s where you can find and share your favorite music, movies, books, and apps – all on the web since it is entirely cloud based. Since all content is stored online, you will never have to worry about moving them again.

In addition, Google Play offers the following services:

  • Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
  • Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
  • Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
  • Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles

The name change suggests that Google wants to move away from Android, reach a broader audience, and establish an umbrella presence for their brand and the vast services they have available under the Google Play name. Now that Google is free of the stigma that its products are just for Android users, the new service will extend beyond mobile devices. Users on Android devices will see a software update within a few days.  There might also be a “play” tab on Google’s homepage. To mark the grand occasion, Google has announced a “Seven Days to Play” promotion which features discounted apps, music, books, movies, and more.

What are your thoughts on Google Play?

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