Google reboots the Android Market, Welcome to Google Play

If you own an Android device and have browsed the Android market today, you’ve likely noticed a big change. Welcome to Google Play folks. Google decided to do away with the old market and combine all their offerings into one big marketplace area now known as Google Play. The Android market has been around since the platform debuted around 3 years ago, and the change to Google Play is a pretty big one. All the apps, books, music, and movies are still there, but under the “Google Play” moniker instead of Google Books, Google Music, etc. It all comes down to the almighty dollar or lack thereof in this case as Google Music and the market in general has underperformed by most people’s standards. Notice a huge increase in “freemium” games and ads in your favorite apps? There’s a reason for that, and it’s partly due to the fact that people aren’t buying like they should and Google hopes to combat that with new setup behind Google Play. I’m pretty shocked by the change as I’m sure a lot of other people are. Google spent a lot of time building the Android brand, and the Android market has been a huge part of that thus far. Personally, I know it’s going to take a little time for me to start saying “Google Play” instead of Android market. It just doesn’t quite roll off the tongue the same way, but hopefully we’ll all get used to it as the Android market is no more. If Google was going to change something, I wish they had done something about app submissions and categorization as there are far too many poor apps and knockoffs floating around out there right now. Change is always nice, but some quality control would be too…

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