Google Play Unveiled, The New Place For All Your Apps, Games, Books, Music And More

Boom, goodbye Android Market, hello Google Play. Google’s new portal content is now the place for all your Android apps, games, music, books, videos and more. Google Play is now live at and replaces the Android Market, effective immediately. All of Google’s services, Google Music, Google Books and Videos service are now all in centralized in a one-stop shop for content.

Google’s rebranding of their content hubs shows their interest in unifying content portals to better help Android users in what is being called “…an evolution of the Android Market.” Android devices running Android 2.2 or later will have their Market app automatically updated “over the coming days.” The Google Play moniker will begin making its way into the Google Sandbar as well retiring the Android Market name.

Google is obviously looking to concentrate its message on cloud-based content and keeping all of your own content in sync over the cloud. It’s not only the focus, but also what is driving the message. In the Google Blog announcement, Google calls out the trouble of “moving files between your computers,” and “endless syncing across all your devices…with lots of wires.” Google Play is as much to Android as iCloud is now to Apple products. The reality is that not much has physically changed, but the new Google Play moniker marks a change in how Google is structuring its e-commerce choices and services. Hit the official Google Blog link below to see the whole press release or check out the video at the end of the post.

Google Official Blog, Google Play Store

Some more info from the Google Blog page:

With Google Play you can:

  • 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

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.

To celebrate, we’ll be offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app at a special price each day for the next week in our “7 Days to Play” sale. In the U.S., today’s titles include the collection of top 40 hits Now That’s What I Call Music 41, the popular game Where’s My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture for just 25 cents each. In addition, you’ll find great collections of hip-hop, rock and country albums for $3.99 all week, detective novels from $2.99, some of our editorial team’s favorite movies from 99 cents, and our favorite apps from 49 cents.

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  • Deadeye37

    I don’t know why, but there is something creepy with that commercial.  Don’t ask me why, but it kinda feels like silent hill or bioshock.  Maybe it should be a little sister’s hand turning that crank.

    I like the what they’re doing with the with Google Play.  My big issue is the naming of the different services.  Google Play Books sounds like something I should be sports related.

    • ImJustSaying

      Well it’s actually Play Books, Play Movies, Play Games, Play store, etc. 

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Come “Play” With Us Deadeye37 >:)

  • Maierchebus

    seams like zune.

  • guidomus_maximus

    Why, why, why do marketing people find the need to call something well known and obvious like ‘market’ by some wierdass name that no one can understand?

    News Flash:  Google has recently announced that ‘cheese’ will now be known as ‘space dust’ to provide a superior branding experience. 

    • maruichan


    • Wilma Flintstone

      Monterrey Jack Space Dust has a nice ring to it.

  • Gaga! :-) 

    • Sidekicker89

      haha Yes Google goes Gaga.. again.. 

    • Maierchebus

      nah, gwen stafani, if ur talking about the image from this post

  • Rclubine

    The iCloud for Apple needs to have unique concept as this well. Sure Apple is unique but I find that the iCloud too bland, it needs something for you to remember it.

    •  A unique concept as this?  This is exactly what icloud does. 

  • Raider D

    Received the update a few minutes ago, looks like the old market with a different logo

  • Enoel69

    My GNex just started going haywire abt 30mins ago rebooting non-stop since then. Wondering if it has anything to do with the new market. I downloaded play music, play movies and play books abt a cppl hours ago. I even took the battery out after so many continuous reboots in which case i couldn’t do anything on the screen. Putting the battery back was still the same continuous reboots. Anyone else experiencing this with their GSM GNex on Tmobile’s network?? Any advice on what to do..will appreciate any advice. Will check back here for any pointers. It is a non rooted device…thanks for any info on what to do

    • Minioninnc

      Mine is working fine. No problems at all. 

  • HeLLo

    What the hell Google.Android Market WAS and IS still better then Google Play.What’s next are they going to change Android to Google OS.Such BS.

  • maierchebus

    hopfully this is in relation to playstation phone, lol.

  • Maierchebus

    hopefully this is related to the play station

  • TMoFan

    Google Market (“the market”) sounds much better than Google Play. Can’t really say that I’m going to download something at “the play”.

    • MK Terra

      I guess Google Market would sound too close to Google Shopping.

  • portaltonowhere

    imho this is super dumb.

  • ERIK

    I dont quite like the name & i always found music,movies,books on the Market homepage but what theyre trying to do is let consumers know you can buy media, books/movies/music from Google even if you DONT have an Android phone. Thats the purpose but play doesnt sound like the best name they couldve come up with

  • different name .. same confusing Market.

  • Perry_F

    While I understand the need for a name change I don’t think
    PLAY was the best choice. Simply calling it Google Market would have been
    better. Many non tech people probably didn’t know you didn’t need android to
    take advantage of all the market had to offer. So I do understand why the need
    for a name change but really, play? Nobody in the marketing department could
    come up with something better than that?

  • EXIBITman

    I received my google play update.

  • now_onTMO

    they should have named it “google market” sounds better than google play…  play sounds like for anything games related or movies and music are fine with it too.. but apps and books? imo only.. the content looks the same btw, and i wonder if microsoft would ever sue google for making the thing looks like wp7? maybe not..

  • Jae1496

    google market , google play same diff same great apps, books, movies, and music

  • Chris

    Can’t wait for Google Games later this year. Wonder what Google’s got up their sleeves. 

  • sara kover

    unfortunately i’m still running 2.1 on my mytouch 4g so i won’t see this change :(

    • guest

      MYTOUCH 4G came with 2.2 froyo so you should still get the update.

      • Sara

        Mine came with 2.1 eclair for some reason. I never got froyo when they started the rollout

  • Julia Oeland

    I’m not seeing what all the hooplah is about.  I dislike that i can’t play google music with other players, they are doing a good job adding new features but they need to open up a little more 

  • What a great blog post! Thanks for sharing it on your site.