Just couple of days back, we reported Google is cooking up something called Google Play, the search company just launched a new "Google Play" web service, "an integrated cloud-based destination for apps, books, movies, and music stored online, always accessible to users on Android devices and to anyone on the Web."
Google Play is the new name for the '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.
In short, Google Play is entirely cloud-based an all-encompassing brand that also integrates Google Music and Google eBook Store in addition to Android Market. It's just like iTunes, except that it's born on the Web and you don't need special software to play music or read books.
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
"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," informs the Google.
"Our long-term goal is to roll out as many different types of content as possible to people around the world, and we'll keep adding new content to keep it fresh," said Google. Adding, "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," informs Google.
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.
It looks like Google Play, could add a new type of digital content: audio books. The Google Play help center includes an empty page titled "Audio Books". There are also two genres with a similar name: "audio books" and "audiobooks", but the ebook store doesn't include audio books. Genres could be automatically generated.
Google has recently registered a lot of domains like googleplaymovies.com, googleplaynewspapers.com, googleplaymagazines.com, googleplaytv.com and this suggests that Google Play could offer subscriptions for magazines, newspapers and TV shows.
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Adding, Google notes, "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," Google said.
Google Play Music is only available in the U.S., Google Play Movies is available in the US, UK, Canada, and Japan, while Google Play Books only works in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Everywhere else, Google Play will be the new home for Android apps.