In a somewhat unexpected move, Google has amalgamated its previously fragmented Android eco-system into a single resource called Google Play. The announcement was made earlier today via the Official Google Blog in an article published by Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s Director of Digital Content.
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.
What Google Play offers:
- Store up to 20,000 music tracks for free and select new songs to buy from over 8 million cataloged.
- Select from more than 450,000 Android apps and games to download
- Browse through a selection of more than 4 million eBooks
- Rent movies from a selection of thousands, including new releases and HD titles
Not all services are available in all countries:
In the U.S., music, movies, books and Android apps are available in Google Play. In Canada and the U.K., we’ll offer movies, books and Android apps; in Australia, books and apps; and in Japan, movies and apps. Everywhere else, Google Play will be the new home for Android apps.