The title pretty much says it all.
Android Market is no more. Itâ€™s now officially known as Google Play, though itâ€™s all really just semantics.
Itâ€™s still essentially the Android Market, the premiere place to get your fill of Android apps.
But actually, itâ€™s more than that. That is, if you live in the US, Canada, UK, Australia or Japan. â€˜Cause in these countries, Google Play is also home to movies, books, and music. Itâ€™s not the same though in all countries. Those in the US, for example, will get all three plus apps, while those in Japan will only get movies and apps. For us here in the Philippines, it’s none of the three and just apps.Â Boo!
Oh yeah, Google Play also comes with cloud storage, which, again, is pretty much useless in our neck of the woods since it only serves to back up your book, music and movies purchases for online viewing.
Here’s the promo vid for Google Play:
In line with this, Google will be releasing an update for Android devices (2.2 and up) in the coming days so as to update the Android Market app to Google Play standards.
And yes, if it’s not obvious enough yet, Google Play is a direct rival to iTunes, which is Apple’s one-stop shop for music, movies, books, and apps, and sadly, is also just limited to apps for us here in the Philippines too. Double boo!
For more on Google Play, you can head on over here.
Full announcement here.
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