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Tuesday Poll: Reaction to the Google Play Rebranding of the Android Market?

With a big renaming campaign taking place today from Google, there have been a lot of people who have voiced their opinions over the new Google Play name. Google’s move for a name change is still being dissected and analyzed for meaning, but we know that Google must have a good reason behind it. Was it a strategic move against competitors or was it to satisfy the media industries (read: music industry disappointment) that have invested a ton of money into making their content sell? Let us know what you think of the new name down below and if it was a good move by Google.

Do you like the renaming of the Android Market to Google Play?

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  • Makes no sense.

    The market is more than just “play”.

    “play” would be great for iOS

  • Jaschart

    I haven’t been this upset since shell shock was changed to post traumatic stress disorder.

  • Drewfus0929

    I don’t have it yet so i can’t vote. 🙁

  • Cisco

    Just a wannabe iTunes store.. They should have thought of something new and refreshing, not googles version of iTunes

  • Dave

    I agree with those saying that Google Market would make more sense but I understand what they are trying to do. I’ll be apart of the “get used to it” crowd. 

  • vawwyakr

    Where’s the couldn’t care less option?  All the strong opinions in here crack me up.

  • I’m all for Google thinking about marketing and branding for a change, quite frankly prior to the past few months they SUCKED at it. Not a big fan of this one since it doesn’t make practical sense, apps aren’t all about “play” … but I get it. Simple, accessible, says, “here is where to go for entertainment.” Meh, I’ll get used to it.

  • cfinch5

    What was wrong with integrating under “market”? Make far more sense and isn’t awkward. Google “play” for books? You dont play books come on

  • Guest

    I would think the old “Market” word is the 1 that would imply games, books, apps, music, movies, business.  A “market” for everything.

    The new “Play Store” sounds more like “only games” or “only movies”.   Only “play things”.

    Another Google step backwards.

  • Jlhumbert

    Im going to browse the “Play” on my phone. Did I just say that?

  • JoeInMo

    Stupid move by Google.  They lost all their business sector credibility… you could tell someone to go to the “market” and get an app, but nobody in business is going to say go to “play” and download.  Guess Android is just for games.

  • JustSayin

    Is it any worse than iTunes?  Really now people?

    • JustSayin

      Or … worse yet, iTunes App Store.  How inspired.

  • Binglut9

    Its a name of a service who cares….I like it because it means one more step to google services being one unified experience. While everyone judges the name I’ll judge by what it means for google as a whole….who caresaboit a name

  • Jonik Cannon

    Google Music
    Google Docs
    Google Wallet
    Google Books
    Google Talk
    Google Voice
    Google Plus
    Google Maps
    Google Mail(G-mail)
    Google Etc

    This should have been a no brainer……..Google Market

  • SodaKid

    I just wish they would fix the “My Android Apps” list to show more than the first 240 apps that I’ve tried. And let us remove old irrelevant apps from that list. New name; same old song and dance.

  • dylan84

    The name is stupid and makes no sense when it comes to books. Whatever though, not much choice but to get used to it.

  • Michael Quinlan

    It’s not so much the name that bothers me… oh, wait… that’s right – I HATE it!

    But this is REALLY GOOD NEWS, because as in politics, if someone spent time on this stupid BS, then certainly all the important issues have been addressed to everyone’s satisfaction.

  • Jdlowesracer

    It’s ok, except for the fact that the market link in my bionic (and probably all recent moto phones) don’t work anymore…app not installed.

    • Jdlowesracer

      Edit…forgot to specify that it’s the one formatted into the top of the app drawer.

  • just a name change, whats the big deal

  • Thanassi

    I’m tired of Google__(insert buzzword)__ brands.

  • JMonkeYJ

    definitely a good move. it made no sense that i had to go to the android market to buy music. also, the name Play is great because it combines all of music, movies, and games (OK apps are a little left out). i really like the way google is unifying all their content and making it accessible and recommendable everywhere.

  • itsgonnalast

    My vote is “Yes I like it.” 

    I don’t particularly like the name but I do understand that this move isn’t meant for us.  It’s to make the Android ecosystem less confusing to newbies… which I think is a worthwhile goal.

    • Binglut9


  • MKader17

    Stupid name change with no warning to users?

    This is just an early April fools joke, right?

    • Guest

       What type of “warning” would you have liked?  You don’t “vote” on what Google does.  You FOLLOW what Google does.

      • MKader17

        Umm, ya know. Generally companies announce anything of importance before they happen?

        I would say a complete name change of an entire app ecosystem is important enough.

  • MKader17

    They should have went something like Cloud Market, Google Market, heck even just “The Cloud”. Google wants to push cloud computing apps on Chrome OS. It would make a lot of sense to “dowload an app from the cloud” for use on your phone at any time.

    Google Play sounds like a perfect name for the Music, Movie and Book service. It’s a terrible name for the sale of applications.

  • Sven Enterlein

    When I go to the Google Play website and want to select an option it really says “Play with…” Why oh why??? Can’t I “read” a book or “listen” to music, “use” an app anymore? Do I have to _play_ with it now??!?!? I’m not 12 any more.

  • Robbie Gerling

    Where’s the WTF! voting option?

  • G_mann312

    I dont like it and hope they change it back or something that more sense!

  • Havoc70

    Don’t really care about the name too much, although “play” in everything is kind of silly.  Just keep on giving out the deals =)

  • fanboy1974

    How about change the app return window. I could care less about the name.

  • richardsonadm

    I don’t care for the name change, but I don’t like Google Play Music or Google Play Books. This is starting to sound like Windows Media Player, Windows Media Audio, WIndows Media Video. 

    Just keep it simple.

    • Darthseph23

      This is a bad analogy. One is an application, the other two are file types with specific encoding properties.

      I agree that Google Play Books is silly though.  I’m surprised they pushed the name onto applications.  I figured the market would get the rebranding, not the entire suite.  That one caught me off-guard.

  • fvqu

    I wouldn’t mind it as much if they didn’t rebrand the music and books apps and change the icons

  • Trophynuts

    i think the name change is stupid and childish. 

  • as long as it comes with lower prices, who can complain ?

  • Stewie

    Same as Hank, no change in functionality, so …. I do see they didnt change the name in the app drawer, its still market …

  • I like the logo, far more universal. 

  • Again, who cares what the name is as long as the product works (and is free at that)? 

    Not I.

  • Jon

    so many good games for $.49 cents today

  • Play is stupid name, even after they change it, people will still call it the Market. 

  • Unlike an iPhone fan, I actually welcome change and improvement.

    • Improvement? HAHAHAHAHAHA good one.

    • Tabe

      Is there an improvement?

  • red014

    Should’ve gone with “Google Market”.  I liked the market moniker.

  • EC8CH

    Guess this makes us all Google Playas

  • I like it because, I got some great deals 
    Google Play Deals !

  • Matthew Rosidivito

    I think it wil still be called “The App Store” no matter what.

    • You must hang out with a bunch of iPhone people.  None of my Android using friends call it “The App Store”.  We all call it the Market.

      • Matthew Rosidivito

        Not so much iPhone people as much as people who aren’t android freaks like us. “App Store” was mainstream long before “Market” and people, regardless of their device, will generally call all of them “App Store” (In my exp, anyway.)

        I tried pushing the official name, but I really don’t care enough, and neither do they.

  • redbar0n11

    “Oh, hey, that’s a neat app!”
    –“Yeah, I just downloaded it from the Play…”
    “…are you high?”
    –“No!? WTF??”
    “You downloaded it from… the ‘Play’?”
    –“Yes. That’s what I said.”
    “Are we speaking the same language here? Or did I get beat with the stupid stick? Cuz I have no clue what the F*#K you’re talking about!”
    “No. I realllllly don’t understand. Wanna know why?”
    –“Sure. Wh–”

    • Jason Purp

       How did this get to be the top comment?

      • John

        Good f’in question!

      • redbar0n11

        Same logic as how the Market is now the Play… lol

    • “Oh, hey that’s a neat app!”
      –“Yeah, I just downloaded it from the Play…”
      “…the Play?… what’s that?”
      “It’s the name for the Android Market”
      … (True story)

  • Ninjapig123

    I think a name like “Google Download” would be better. Then it tells users to “Download” apps instead of “play” them.

    • 1TallTXn

       Who days Google doesn’t want all the apps/books/music/video to live in the proverbial cloud and you just pay to access them?

  • EC8CH

    “Download the app from iTunes or…. Google Play”

    Now they both sound equally stupid.

  • Imitation

    Just got a text from Verizon stating this…came here. LOL

  • Alex

    Its hard to sound intelligent when your directing someone to go to “google play”.  sounds like its a game and my phone is just google gameboy.

    Also, this is the opposite of simple.  you cant say go to the app market, now its go to google play.  how is someone who knows nothing about android going to pick up a phone and notice that an app called google play is where applications are bought.

  • fauxshizzl

    It won’t change the fact I will always refer to it as the “Android Market,” but it sounds a little childish. It sounds like a place I would go to get apps made safe for my children.

  • EvanTheGamer

    No, I don’t like it.

    And that is all I’m gonna say about that.

  • Tabe

    I feel like “Google Play” is a little too cutesy and doesn’t encompass the more serious offerings (ie, business/productive apps, books…) well.

  • I don’t play books… 

    • Jason Purp

       I barely read them

      • EC8CH

        Stephen Colbert approves this message.

  • jimbob

    Doesn’t matter, I’ll still call it the Market.

    • jathak

      Definitely. And I’m not publishing my apps to the Play Store. I’m publishing them to the Android Market.

  • I agree with those that don’t care for the naming scheme.  I like the concept that they are trying to unify and rebrand all the aspects of their online media consumption portals.  But Play just doesn’t work so well for Books and Apps.  Why not just rename it the “Google Marketplace.”  In my opinion that would have still been just as unifying and would have been familiar enough that it wouldn’t sound so cheesy.  I predict it will change again in another 6 months.

    • Larizard

      Marketplace is what Microsoft calls the Window App Store.

  • ragnarok180

    Frankly I hate it… “Google Play” doesn’t convey a sense of categorization. With “market” in the name, you get the general idea of what to expect when you go there. By that same token, a rose by any other name smells just as sweet baby

    • I hate it, too. For one, picking a “verb” is a bad choice, especially when that word has a totally different meaning when it’s used as a “noun”. Secondly, everyone knows that a Market is for buying stuffs, I’ve never heard anyone associating the word “Play” with buying things — I am not saying you can’t change people’s perception, but to do so, a lot of efforts have to be put in there to make that happens. Why bother?

  • Rob rollings

    First, I don’t know why Google couldn’t just rebrand it “Google Market”. I’m totally fine with that. It easily would’ve made it recognizable across different platforms, like phone, tablet and TV. 

    Second, I love how the top vote is for “Meh, Ill get used to it”!

  • Yo_Droid

    This helps sort the various Google apps together.  I had a hard time finding them and am glad to see them under the Google nameplate now.  This is a welcome change.

    • Yo_Droid

      Spoke too soon – they don’t sort under “Google” but rather under “Play”.  Still helps to find them.

      • moelsen8

        books, movies, music, and the market (bleh) shouldn’t be found in the “P” section of my app drawer.  it’s counter intuitive.

  • EC8CH

    Honestly I liked “Market” because it has a community feel to it as apposed to the colder feel that “Store” has for apple.  Kind of like a farmer’s market compared to a store like Wal-Mart.  Which I though fit the android community well as it is open source.

    Adding Play is just extra garbage in the name that sounds silly.

    Google Market would have been simpler and less work.

    • RedPandaAlex

      I’m guessing someone in marketing decided it should sound like a place to have fun rather than a place to spend money.

      • EC8CH

        Market is to spending money

        as Marketing is to wasting money


        • Noyfb

          This sounds like they are trying to market it to children
          Sounds like some type of re-branding term that sony or xbox would use, but sony just closed their playstaion network and made it a part of sony now from all the hacks to it by lolz hacker group. They should of tested the name to consumers that use it first with polls and market testing.  Anyway I hate it.
          If it ain’t broke, Don’t fix it!

    • jathak

      Definitely. A rebrand to Google Market would make sense, because it has more than just apps now. Play makes no sense.

  • HuskerHog

    I don’t see much difference.

  • Michael_NM

    I don’t like the name. It’s a bit too cutsy for me. I do like the deals though and ultimately, I don’t really care much what they call it.

  • RedPandaAlex

    And, the “meh”s have it.

  • Sporttster

    I swear, who comes up with these stupid names? Guess it could be worse….somehow….

    • Jason Purp

      “Google N*gger Nazi C*nt F*ck Sh*t F*ggot”

      That’s how it could be worse

      • moelsen8

        i just laughed loud enough for the whole office to hear.  hahahaha

        • Justin M

          RE-POST! RE-POST! RE-POST!

        • What did it say?

          • EC8CH

            combination of slurs for

            African Americans
            Germans during the middle of the 20th century

            all woven together and propped up by the bookends Google and Play.

          • moelsen8

            it was pretty funny in how random it was.

            “that’s how it could be worse”  hahaha

          • Jason Purp

             But I censored the first vowels of each word so that made it okay.

        • Jason Purp

           lol @ people flagging it and Kellex deleting it.

  • Jeepguy04

    Of course I’d rather it be the Android Market. But seeing as Google wants to sell music and movies and books to everybody and not just Android users, I think it was the smart move for them to make. So non android users realize that they can buy media content from there as well. 

  • Paul

    Don’t like it at all. The logo is alright, I guess. But the name doesn’t sound right. Why not just Google Market?

  • Benleonard79

    I dont mind the concept…but name and icons have to go

  • EC8CH

    Change the name of Google +


    Google Play Withyourself

    • jathak

      It’s perfect, because no one else in on Google Plus so it’s just yourself anyway

      • EC8CH

        Yes… the humor of this joke exists on multiple levels. 

      • I can’t understand why people keep saying this. My G+ is full of interesting, thoughtful content that scrolls by almost faster than I can keep up.

  • sc0rch3d

    the music and app deals beat the pants off itunes…

  • EC8CH

    please tell me they didn’t do this just to use the corny phase:

    “Play of the Day”

    • Kyle Fullmer

      Oh god, you better be wrong or this is worse than anyone thought.

    • Jason Naylor

      The market on my nexus now says “25 cent play of the day”

      • EC8CH

        Yeah… the “play” jokes are all over the site.

        Play Guitar
        Play HipHop
        Play Detective (books)

        I can see how some one thought this would be cool, but it’s gonna get old fast.

  • Sqube

    I still don’t understand how you play a book. I’ll roll with it, though. It’s whatever to me.

    • Matthew Rosidivito

      Since we’re getting technical, how exactly does one “roll with it”?

      On a serious note, yeah, I couldn’t care any less.

  • Shouldn’t “I don’t really care” be an option?

  • I think Market was fine so long as they continued to fully integrate their services, which I saw happening already in ICS. I don’t understand why it needed re-branding to ‘play’.

    • Probably for the casuals something catchy to ‘catch’ them. I think it will fit and it may gets some chuckles here and there

  • EC8CH

    I’m astonished 4 people voted they liked it before I got the first negative vote in.