Google Play

We've seen the Android Market undergo multiple facelifts and gain new offerings since its inception, but today the Market is going to see possibly its biggest change yet. Google today introduced Google Play, which is the new brand that's taking the place of the Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore. Like the Android Market before it, Google Play will offer Android apps as well as music, movies and books. Google also notes that the music, books and movies apps will be rebranded as Google Play Music, Google Play Books and Google Play Movies. Devices running Android 2.2 or something newer can expect to see their Market app updated automatically sometime in the coming days.

To celebrate the big change, Google has announced that it'll be offering a special discount on one book, album, video rental and Android app each day for the next week. The first batch of discounted items in the "7 Days to Play" sale includes the album Now That's What I Call Music 41, the game Where's My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture for 25 cents each. Other items in each category will see slightly less drastic discounts as well, with some albums priced at $3.99 apiece, books from $2.99, movies for 99 cents and apps from 49 cents.

Today's move comes as a bit of a surprise since we've gotten so used to the Android Market over the years, but it looks like Google decided that it wanted to unite the Market, Google Music, and its books and movies stores under the same Google Play brand. As you can see in the promotional video for Play below, Google also seems to be pushing the cloud as a big component of Play, touting features like the fact that users can buy an item (app, song, etc.) and have it appear on their devices automatically. What do you all make of the Google Play rebranding?

Via The Verge, Official Google Blog

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Mansour Ali Didn't even really notice it i have it on my phone but basically just the same as Android market no big deal really
Matt Pickles it just seems a bit pointless to change the name? and besides play makes it sounds purely entertainment based, when really there's a lot of productivity apps out there
Joshua Becker Android Market was better.
Jose Oscar Muñoz Mendoza Dont like me, its all about game?? not maybe the prior name was major
Grant Currie What noobs complaining about a name change. O_o
Yareliz Martinez Lame, kinky, and kind of inappropiate.
Nicholas Riddle Yeah I liked the android market a lot. If anything they should have called it the Google market of they HAD to change it.
Curtis Ritter Not really sure how I feel about it
Cameron Walton I updated to Google play and it deleted the market shortcut in my app drawer, Google needs to get it together...
Benjamin Padilla We'll see if the name sticks. So far I'm not impressed.
Joseph Horton I was trying to see what this new version really was.
Tyler Frodl Just kidding I pulled out the battery on my gs2 now its fine lol
Jason Launius Sounds kinky
Hansel Starley Suck it Jhoss.
Jhossmar Sotomayor I miss mah Android market, bring it back now T________T
Hansel Starley A big meh.
Chad Richter It sounds like a sexual act. "hey baby you want to come over and have a little google play?" haha I like it. I call dibs
Jason King It sounds better than it really is. But why the name change. What is their identity. What are they. They change every few months. Who cares.
Rhonda Iden I like it. I think it's a very apt description, and it sounds fun too!
Maxi Fabián Everything is gonna being called Google in a near future :P
Jared Sum Its already out and all u have to do is press continue accept some stuff.cool
Elis Diaz I'm curious why they felt they needed to change it.
Mike Mota Oh no, a CHANGE???? wow some of you are so dramatic. You act like kids, this will not affect you at all.
Paul Alexandru And Richard Allen is a faggot
Paul Alexandru Lame,looks Like a joke name, something like, Google Shop or Google Market would work
Ivan Pineiro Dammit someone already said that -____________-
Ivan Pineiro More like Google Gay...
TJ Jurado Who cares with the promotions they're having! :-P
Eduardo Ordaz @Aaron U assume that. Each have their pros and cons.
James Ortiz It sounds pretty good actually
Julio DeJesus I thought Google Play was going to be the name of the Google Tablet rumored to be coming out?? >_<
Aaron Delgado Lame don't like android anymore apple way better then that android crap!
Jeremey Brown Sorry, but I liked android market, Google play makes it seem like it has nothing but games....fail,in my book
Frank Porter I think it's dumb and unnecessary. Plus, it make Google look even more foolish than they already do with the names of the naming of their operating systems.
Jacky Rodriguez dont like it.
DDove Settles been using it for the past couple hours
Adrian Salazar Maybe Google Market as that would be branding the market
Rick Sievers Leave it the way it is. Google Play sounds stupid
Marti Ruiz Who care .,anyway ill will downlalod content
Eduardo Ordaz Changing the name doesn't change anything. U can still call it Android Market. No one told u that u have to like the name. Besides there are even worse names out there.
Richard Allen Yarrell Anything is better than that crappy apple store...
Micah Watkins I like Google Play
Cory Kay More like Google Gay.
Lee Phillips Awful name! Why change the name if it isn't different. Whatever, I'll still call it the android market
Eduardo Ordaz @Jonathan Atunes.
Kevin Schomer What about work
Harry Hawes Dumb should lve it the same just going to confuse people doesn't sound like an application store. .
Jonathan Steele Tim, like iStore? oh wait.
Tim Taricco Wow, they renamed the Android Market to Google Play. Renaming Android Market makes sense, but I'm not sure about the "play" part. Now when will Apple rename iTunes?
Jennifer Drotos instead of making the phones more adaptive with people with visual impairments or any other disability they are going to change the market... oy well I guess this is one good reason why I'm switching to an iphone in a month
Dawn Thieme Stupid name. Leave well enough alone!
Abram Wenevermet Dennis An error occured.
Zach Brito Let's Play!! :-)
Troy Wolfe Epic fail
Jesse Ling entirely horrid and gay
Anthony Riehm cue phonecalls and emails from my relatives asking if they should be downloading "the new google thing on my phone"
Fred Telles I am sick of all the name changes they do....
Syed Shariq http://files.sharenator.com/wtf_is_this_shit_Its_Another_New_Post_D_s400x297_128601_580_Justine_has_officially_crossed_the_line_Dimebag_is_turning_in_his_grave-s400x297-144467-580.jpg
Stacy Smirlis Poor name choice.
Karl D. Green Interesting, will look into it later.
Stephen Wagner Its the same thing as the android market. I really don't care. Its the same thing.
Jared Elick Oh god. Kill me now.

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