Google today introduced its answer to iTunes and iCloud called Google Play, which will offer cloud-based access to music, movies, eBooks and apps on Android smartphones, tablets, and on the PC. Since everything is stored online, you don’t have to worry about losing files or syncing to get the content on the device you want to use.
Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. On your Android phone or tablet, Google will be upgrading the Android Market app to the Google Play Store app over the coming days. Your videos, books and music apps (in countries where they are available) will also be upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music apps. The music, movies, books and apps you’ve purchased will continue to be available to you through Google Play–simply log in with your Google account like always.
In the U.S., music, movies, books and Android apps are available in Google Play (http://play.google.com). In Canada and the U.K., you will get movies, books and Android apps; in Australia, books and apps; and in Japan, movies and apps. Everywhere else, Google Play will be the new home for Android apps. Also see the Google Play FAQ.
With Google Play you can:
- Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
- Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
- Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
- Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles