Updated: Goodbye Android Market and hello Google Play

If you can remember the name "Google Play" then you’re most likely aware that it was originally assumed to be the name of the rumoured 7-inch Google Tablet. However, we can now confirm that it is the new name for the Android Market. We’re still unsure as to why a new name was necessary but we’re sure that the new name and new features will work out for the best.

Google Play is now an entirely cloud-based solution to purchasing your music, movies, books and apps. This means that all the purchased content a user buys is stored online, and is always available to them, without any fear of losing anything. Google Play can also auto-sync the applications purchased by users to a device of preference.

We’re going to keep this extremely short because honestly, there is nothing more to tell but below is the announcement video, courtesy of the Google Play website.

We’re pretty sure that Google Play will regularly be updated to provide a more efficient experience for users with multiple devices and look forward to keeping you posted on future news. Feel free to leave your thoughts.

 

 

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It actually broke my Market/Play/whatever when it autoupdated itself and I couldnt launch it anymore. Had to get the APK from XDA to reinstall

htcz said,
It actually broke my Market/Play/whatever when it autoupdated itself and I couldnt launch it anymore. Had to get the APK from XDA to reinstall

That sucks. Hate when stuff like that happens

Still don't have HD movies for non-Android powered devices. Never understood why they don't allow HD movies on PC's etc.

I like the name. I like it when Facebook changes/updates their layout. I love it when things change. I don't know why so many people complain about changes. Let it be. It's ok. Life goes on.

david said,
I like the name. I like it when Facebook changes/updates their layout. I love it when things change. I don't know why so many people complain about changes. Let it be. It's ok. Life goes on.

Agree. No issues with the name change. I think it suitable for what Google are trying to achieve.

thornz0 said,
Epic marketing fail on the naming, especially when you've got books being sold, but I do like the video.

Play is a trademark not an action.

david said,
Launcher now says Play Store instead of Market.

Awesome. The market on my SII running 4.0 still hasn't changed. I'll use your images with credits, broski. Is that cool with you?

Zeikku said,

Awesome. The market on my SII running 4.0 still hasn't changed. I'll use your images with credits, broski. Is that cool with you?

Sure, where? Give me your email, ill give you hi-res images.

david said,

Better? I provided him with hi-res shots.

Don't get so defensive. My screenshot is at 720 x 1280 Resolution. It wasn't an insult to you. It was just a statement of fact.

UndergroundWire said,

Don't get so defensive. My screenshot is at 720 x 1280 Resolution. It wasn't an insult to you. It was just a statement of fact.

Lol, I wasn't getting defensive. I was just asking how it's better. But now that you answered why, thanks! You sound like the defensive one. =\

david said,

Lol, I wasn't getting defensive. I was just asking how it's better. But now that you answered why, thanks! You sound like the defensive one. =\

Whatever makes you feel better. You Win.

htcz said,
Well the logo is now a green bag with the white logo...


Use to be inverted.

I've still got a white bag for the market homepage, but green, blue and red bags for apps, books and movies respectfully.

When I saw the upgrade prompt pop up today, I said to myself: "You've got to be kidding me". Turns out, I was wrong. It IS 'Google Play' now. What a retarded name. Was there ANY good reason to change it from 'Android Market'?

bjoswald said,
When I saw the upgrade prompt pop up today, I said to myself: "You've got to be kidding me". Turns out, I was wrong. It IS 'Google Play' now. What a retarded name. Was there ANY good reason to change it from 'Android Market'?

Where are you so we know who has recieved the update..........

bjoswald said,
When I saw the upgrade prompt pop up today, I said to myself: "You've got to be kidding me". Turns out, I was wrong. It IS 'Google Play' now. What a retarded name. Was there ANY good reason to change it from 'Android Market'?

Mine is now showing it too.
Telford, UK.

bjoswald said,
When I saw the upgrade prompt pop up today, I said to myself: "You've got to be kidding me". Turns out, I was wrong. It IS 'Google Play' now. What a retarded name. Was there ANY good reason to change it from 'Android Market'?

Yes there was see my response above.

Hmm, seems strange that they change name at this point of the development process of Android, I know companies like re-branding products, but only if they're not doing as well as they expected (a la msn search). Doubt it'd be more recognizable, since people have gotten used to the name "Android Market", but they can do whatever they want,

Lunfai said,
Hmm, seems strange that they change name at this point of the development process of Android, I know companies like re-branding products, but only if they're not doing as well as they expected (a la msn search). Doubt it'd be more recognizable, since people have gotten used to the name "Android Market", but they can do whatever they want,

Ahh, but you said it yourself. Android Market. That's the problem right there. It's tied to Android ONLY! Google wants a unified market experience across their products.

What if they come out with an entertainment device next year that offers you Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and Google Videos? But wait. The device is not powered by Android. So how can they sell you movies now?

Also doesn't it seem kinda silly that you can rent movies from YouTube and Google Videos? Why not have a unified market? You see YouTube is not Android. But YouTube is Google. And Android is Google. So it makes sense to get rid of the Android name from their market store.

I think people will keep saying Android Market, for me Play Store doesn't bode well, its a word I would use with a gaming console.

Ok so you can Play Movies and Music, Play apps depends on what the app is, but who plays books?.
Next it'll be Play Voice, Play Maps, Play Docs etc. stupid naming convention

Robbie Ride said,
I think people will keep saying Android Market, for me Play Store doesn't bode well, its a word I would use with a gaming console.

Ok so you can Play Movies and Music, Play apps depends on what the app is, but who plays books?.
Next it'll be Play Voice, Play Maps, Play Docs etc. stupid naming convention

Your thinking of Play as an action word and not as a brand. If they would have called it "Metro" the app would have been called Metro Books or Metro Music or Metro Videos.

So now you download apps in the Google Play store?
Did I word that right? Or are people going to just keep saying android market?

what said,
Strange move. "Market" is an all-encompassing term for anything being sold. "Play" implies gaming.

x100 agree. WTF is the point of this change? I love everything google does, but this just doesnt make sense. Like you say, play implies gaming which isnt this. Now, when someone says go to google play and get your stuff someone will say how do I do that? What is google play? I want apps I dont want to play anything. .....now it needs explanatinon. How dumb. Before you could say, go to the google [android] market to get your stuff, they say oh ok that makes sense.

Idiot google. The new marketing person needs to be fired, bring back the other fired guy.

what said,
Strange move. "Market" is an all-encompassing term for anything being sold. "Play" implies gaming.

Not so strange really when you think about it. All roads lead to Google, right? Not so with Android. Android has a name on its own. Your average user doesn't realize Android is a Google product. This branding changes it to Google ..., which is smart on Google's part. Now Google's name is in it.

Second, everyone and their mother has an app store. However, the old branding limits the app store (Android Market) to just Android. Google is going to have a lot of products out there. Why not have a one stop "shop" for all your Google needs? I can see this being tied to Chrome, Android powered refrigerators, the unnamed music player slated to come out later this year, just basically anything developed by Google but not necessarily Android powered.

Third, when you think of Play, you think of getting it fast to have fun. Not searching, then downloading, then installing, then finally getting to the content you just searched for. Similar to Apples branding of iThis and iThat. It's about me and only me. So clearly this is just a marketing name to convey images in your head with actually knowing it. You know, when you see the word Market, you think right away I have to pay. So I'm not going to click on that. But I see the word Play, it sounds inviting. Let me see what I can get from here.

Give it time and the name will grow on you. If it doesn't, Shakespeare said it best, "What's in a name?"

Andrew Lyle said,
And.... someone just got fired at Google.

Why? What's wrong with Google changing the Android Market name to Google Play Store?
What's wrong with Google changing Music to Google Play Music?
What's wrong with Google changing Video to Google Play Video?
What's wrong with Google changing Books to Google Play Books?
What's wrong with Google changing the Google+ to Google Play With Myself?

But in all seriousness, I understand why they did it. I'll try to get used to saying Google Play. But for now, the functionality didn't change; just the name (which is strange) and the logo (which I like).

just logo and domain change. nothing new useful... still no ability to reset market account and remove old devices, youtube videos still 4:3

coth said,
just logo and domain change. nothing new useful... still no ability to reset market account and remove old devices, youtube videos still 4:3

Old devices are automagically removed after about 10 Months of inactivity. My old devices don't show up anymore (Nexus S and Droid Incredible).

YouTube Videos show better than that on Android 3.0+ devices.

I am not sure what you mean by reset Market Account but you can just use a new GMail address if you want to go back to square one. Remember that the Android Market, I mean Google Play Store supports multiple GMail accounts.

How strange.......


Google Play can also auto-sync the applications purchased by users to a device of preference.

This already exists in Market but works so so.......

BTW, can Google Play be downloaded already?