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Google Play, Android Becoming Entertainment Powerhouses

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    Google Play, Android becoming entertainment powerhouses | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article)

    Search giant is shedding image as an enemy of the entertainment industry. It now has licensing deals with all top Hollywood film studios, music labels, and magazine publishers.


    by Greg Sandoval October 29, 2012 12:10 PM PDT

    "Google Play's position among the top destinations for entertainment content, right there alongside Apple and Amazon, can no longer be denied.


    Google announced today that it now has the licenses to offer movies and TV shows from News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox, which means Google Play can rent and sell material from all the major Hollywood studios. Google also locked up a deal with Time Inc. to distribute the media company's top magazine titles such as People, InStyle, and Time.


    Perhaps most telling for Google is the deal it struck with Warner Music Group, one of the three remaining top music-recording companies. Warner and Google have been at odds for years. Warner once yanked its music videos off YouTube. The company's songs were conspicuously missing from Google Music when the service, which has now been folded into Google Play, was launched a year ago.


    Google's music library is now complete with tunes from all the major labels. This is important because buyers of mobile phones and tablets have come to expect convenient and inexpensive ways of stuffing their devices full of movies, music, and e-books. Apple and Amazon, Google's top competitors in the mobile market, also offer a wide range of entertainment content.


    The turnaround in the relationship between Google and the entertainment sector seems to have hinged on two important changes. First, Google has continued to step up antipiracy efforts in recent years. The second is that the worldwide popularity of Android, Google's mobile operating system, is impossible for entertainment companies to ignore."
     
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    Android reaches 700,000 apps, now matches Apple (click for full article)

    Oct. 31, 2012 (8:25 am) By: Ryan Whitwam

    "Google and Apple both like to update everyone from time to time on how many apps they have in their respective app stores. This has been a purely academic disclosure for years now - both platforms have more apps than you can really get a handle on with your squishy human brain. Google has just announced that it has about 700,000 Android apps in the Play Store, and that gives us an interesting point of comparison. That happens to be the same number Apple has."
     

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