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Goodbye Android Market, Hello Google Play

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Starting now, Google has begun the next step in the evolution of the Android Market and are calling it Google Play. The Android Market name is being retired, but no worries, Google Play looks exactly the same as the Market. Android 2.2+ devices will receive an updated Google Play Store within the next few days and things will go on as usual. 

Google is going to great length to make consumers aware of the connectivity between all of their devices through their web and cloud services. Buy a song on your laptop and its instantly available on your phone. To give Play a grand opening, Google is hosting some good deals on media this week:

To celebrate, we’ll be offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app at a special price each day for the next week in our “7 Days to Play” sale.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/fallen57chevy Justin Halcomb

    Dang I thought y’all liked what google does now it’s “Stupid name” “Play? Confusing.” “Play? what does that mean”

  • Kris Cortez

    Well I can tell u right now- Im not gonna stop saying its the android market

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    ummm…is that the nexus tablet?

  • JordanMcRae

    Any chance the tablet in the video is the rumored 7-inch nexus tablet? 

  • GuidZilla

    I think some people are missing the point here… its not just about the Android side of things with this change.

  • JordanMcRae

    Why does Google use a xyboard on this page? 
    https://play.google.com/about/features/

    Just because they are acquiring Motorola Mobility doesn’t mean Google should become fanboys of crappy devices his horrid corners. 

    • ddevito

      So they wouldn’t get sued for displaying a device that resembles an iPad

  • fvqu

    Who decided this was a good idea? They should have just called it the Google market and left the icons and everything else exactly the same. The new music icon looks disgusting on my home screen.

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    Holy crap an entire album for $.25

  • https://plus.google.com/104242241965716988815 boo Jay

    I think the name change is a gimmick and the backlash will force them to change it back.

    • Tom Burke

      Doubt it. Google typically doesn’t back down on things. Remember the Android Market refund time frame being changed from 24 hours to 15 minutes? Everybody was outraged, but Google didn’t back down

  • ddevito

    This explains the unified privacy policy.

    On Google.com I see Play in the corner. It takes you to the play homepage. They probably wouldn’t be able to do this without the privacy policy unification.

    But I bet there’s more at play here. See what I did there?

  • http://twitter.com/LucasNJohnson Lucas Johnson

    Ah! obviously an eric schmidt move.

  • duke69111

    The update, updated the icon in the app drawer, but not in the google apps folder on the home screen.   Still same old icon and name.  

  • ddevito

    Google-Mart

    • Granted

      Haha! Now if they absolutely must ruin what is already perfect, well I think your idea is great!

  • duke69111

    I sure hope they did not spend spend more than a billion dollars on this stupid marketing ploy.  

  • DMBatCOFC

    Does anyone know the newest “Play” build?

  • Jonathan Ofalla

    The majority of my Android phone usage is everything BUT playing games.  New name doesn’t make sense to me.  

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      Play can refer to playing movies or music as well.

  • X2caleb2X

    So basically google play is just the android marked renamed

  • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

    That’s an odd name to give a market that supplies more than games. Sounds like a new platform for games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    I don’t care what the name of ANY app or store is.  Why do so many people have sand in their vaginas over a name change?

    • Daryl Johnston

      I agree with Hank. Who gives a rip about the name? It’s still the same app, right? So Google doesn’t think before renaming perhaps their biggest app. Hello? Do I need to remind you of how idiotic the names Siri and iPad are? No, we all accept them as crap with crappy names! Even great products like my ASUS EeePad Transformer has both good (Transformer) and crap (EeePad) names combined. It doesn’t matter. The tablet is still awesome! Just as the Market -er- Google Play is still a very good app that allows you to access all of Google’s content. In 2 months, it will be accepted as the way it is, and in 2 years, no one will even remember the Market. The only thing that will matter is the content, and that, my friends, is some good stuff!

    • ddevito

      Although I agree with your statement, I think you’re missing the point here.

      There’s a bigger reason this is all happening (me thinks).

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        as long as it says, “no storage fees” i’m happy

        • Noyfb

          Its like they are targeting it to children. I’m guessing they want to get away from the android name for some reason, maybe it has something to do with licensing and they don’t want to pay for the name droid/ android.

    • guest

       It’s not the name change it’s the new term and conditions.

  • Raven

    I think this will negatively impact their business acceptance just when companies are finally starting to support Android over Blackberry.  In some people’s minds it will trivialize the Android platform back to being a toy.  It may be good for the consumer market, but I just don’t think it bodes well for the enterprise market.

  • ddevito

    Google speaks in maths, and buzzes like a fridge. Google Play sounds like a detuned radio.

    • ddevito

      Seriously though, why change something that comes pre installed on all your devices?

      Something tells me they have something up their sleeve (or maybe they really suck at marketing)

  • jrummy16

    In my opinion this is a retarded move by Google. booo :P

  • possomcrast1

    This happened because not many people realize you can buy other things besides apps in the market. 

  • Matthew Rosidivito

    What?

  • Murph

    sounds like a prefix to a voice command: “Google, play Springsteen….  Google, play World of Goo… Google, play the hokey-pokey….”  Isn’t Google rumored to be coming up a Siri-like competitor?

    • Mattyb1085

      I was thinking the same thing. 

  • belsonc

    Thoughts on how/if Sony is going to respond to this?  re: the Xperia Play

  • http://twitter.com/RobbThundr Robb Manlapaz

    so its like on a TV sitcom where they replace one of the characters with a completely different actor and they expect you not to notice.

  • http://twitter.com/DustinK27 Dustin K

    The things people get paid to do these days… smh

  • TheAwesomessMan

    I bet Google play will stick and we will accept name. Remember Wii? 

  • http://twitter.com/ScottTolinski Scott Tolinski

    Now if only you could upload your own books into Google Play Books, I might actually use it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    This is a horribly confusing name.  Play?  What does that mean?  Also, is the app on my phone now going to be called “Play”

    • Ryan Powell

      Still says “Music” under the new icon.

      • Tom Burke

        It’s called Play Music now

  • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

    music wont update on codename android 1.3.0..

    • http://twitter.com/litobirdy litobirdy

       so why are you on 1.3? everyone’s on 1.4 by now man

      • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

        yeah… i used to update as soon as the update came out.. but i figured out that updating something that works fine isn’t the best idea… but, now since it doesn’t work.. looks like i’m updating…

  • NemaCystX

    I have a feeling this has something to do with Google’s presence at E3 this year

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1025116830 Mike Stratton II

    Stupid name. That is all…

    • EvanTheGamer

      Agreed! Just another unnecessary change. EVERYONE knows what Android Market is…it’s a Market for Android things. WTF is Google Play? It’s like…what is it?

      “Mike: Hey Joe, so…what apps have you bought on Google Play recently?”

      “Joe: Google What? Never heard of it. I have heard of Android Market though…that name is very familiar as it’s the only Market I download all my Android apps from.”

      Just like that…it’s just another unnecessary name change, and I completely disagree with it. Of course my words mean nothing to Google, but do I care? No, I do not.

    • http://twitter.com/scottsanders4 Scott Sanders

      I agree, I don’t like it either…

  • DanSke

    Sounds like a good idea in theory, but I reserve my judgement as a bad “play” in my book. Unity is great with all the Google Apps, but the problem lies in the lack of identity Google has created with their market. No one, besides techies, is gonna understand play = market. Bad call. 

  • EvanTheGamer

    The name should stay the same–Android Market, as it’s what everyone knows and loves.

    This is just another unnecessary change, and that’s all.

    • Brent Stewart

      No. Because other than apps everything else in the market was cross platform. It HAD to be rebranded in a way that says EVERYONE.

      • EvanTheGamer

        And yet Android Market is FAMILIAR(since it’s been around since like forever) and less confusing to the normal folk, and Google Play…it’s just…not the greatest name.

        If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

        But whatever…my words mean nothing to Google or anyone but me, so I guess I have no say in it. If anything, they should have let the people voice their opinion on the matter, and let the people decide, since WE are the one’s who will be using it the most.

        • possomcrast1

          just make it play

    • http://twitter.com/scottsanders4 Scott Sanders

      I agree, “Android Market” worked, so why change it….Google just wants their name on it.

  • Sacchinthms

    What if you’re rooted?

  • Fertch

    i love this, it looks, and sounds more serious, more mature, if you know what i mean.

    • ddevito

      Play is more mature than Market?

  • possomcrast1

    still called market but has the new ads on my galaxy nexus

  • Nick

    Short app names like music and books were so nice … now we have to put Play in front of everything

  • moozicmon

    What tablet is that at :35 in the second video? 

    • Ryan Powell

      I believe it’s a fake tablet. Kind of like the one on android.com/about. I could be wrong.

  • The Race To Die

    just recieved an update to google play music

  • Zebra

    Play? Works for Music, Videos, and Games, but the most abundant thing – Apps – it doesn’t really apply. I don’t “play” Titanium Backup.

    • Ryan Powell

      I think it works better when you think of it in the general use of fun. All of that media is entertainment. Entertainment can be classified as fun or play in this sense. There will always be those productivity apps that might not fit into this perfectly but overall it works.

  • New_Guy

    What???

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.walls3 Travis Walls

    A lot of people are complaining about the name, saying that you can’t “play” books. I’ve always said the same thing about iTunes, seeing as it is now used for much more than just music. Hasn’t caused Apple any trouble so far. I think it is refreshing to see Google try to give things a more cohesive identity, but I’m hoping it isn’t too little, too late.

    • Murph

      Good point about the iTunes name.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Stupid

    They can name it whatever the hell they want, everyone else will keep using “market”

  • RedPandaAlex

    It needed a name change to keep people from thinking that everything in the market was just for android devices, but Play probably wasn’t the best option. I don’t know what’s wrong with Google Market or something.

    • Brent Stewart

      Because Google Market is a little to close to Amazon Market. Play is short, fun, and easy to remember. I’ve been saying for over a year this is the direction they needed to go.

      • kidtronic

        And I’m sure Google listened. 

      • Andrew

        For some reason the site makes me think of Sony… not sure if it is the name or the logo or a combination…

    • Darrell Coffey

      Apple has a patent on the “Market”, duh.

      • Jdstell

        I heard Apple had a patent on “internet”, so no one is allowed to use it anymore :(

        • iKing_4

          How original…

    • Jnmigr

      Play for music, movie and game.

    • Trevor-kai Craig

      weak.

  • Ryan Powell

    Just checked my updates and I have an update available for Google Books and Google Music. They both have updated icons and include “Play” in their names (Google Play Music and Google Play Books). Icons are really vibrant compared to the previous versions.

    • mmeiklejohn

      Hate the new Google music icon

      • DanSke

         Agreed. It looks amateur and obscure. I expect this from RIM or Dell, but not from Android. Oh, and this is coming from a Graphic Designers perspective.

        • justincase_2008

          Looks like the same icon it has been since HC just now yellow to match the color music is on PLAY. Seems like a bright idea to me. Oh, and this is coming from a Graphic Designers perspective as well.

  • Elliot323

    Get ready for a lawsuit Google, Apple Play has already been patented

    • Kyle Fullmer

      I’m getting the feeling these companies are doing it on purpose.

  • Andrew

    Pour out a little liquor…