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One Company One Store: Why Google Axed Android Market For Google Play

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    One company, one store: Why Google axed Android Market for Google Play (click for full article)

    "Internet giant Google raised eyebrows yesterday by announcing it was doing away with the Android Market. In its place is Google Play, a new unified digital storefront that will not only offer access to Android apps, but also to Google's e-book, movie, and music offerings.

    The idea behind Google Play is to bring together Google's primary digital content offerings in a single place, then make that online storefront accessible not just from Android devices, but to everyday Web browsers as well.

    Google customers will be able to treat Google Play a bit like a locker for their digital purchases. For instance, music they buy from Google Play will be available on any device that signs in to their Google account. Simple, yes?"

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    Apparently the video rental part of Google Play called "Play Movies" is not integrated into GTV yet. From the article:

    "Play Movies enables users to rent films, including a selection of new releases and back-catalog titles; rental rates range from $0.99 to $9.99 (at least in the U.S. store), and users can either watch films immediately, or download them for later viewing on Android devices using the Google Play Movies app.

    Play Movies may be where Google Play's no-syncing and wire-free promise most frequently breaks down. Users can download a movie for later viewing on an Android device, but if it turns out they want to play it on a computer, the only option is to stream it from the Web.

    Play Movies also does not (yet) support Web-connected TVs - even ones with Google TV support. Play Movies is available in Canada, Japan, the UK, and the United States"
     
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    Google Play Update: News on the Music Store + Android Apps (click for full article)

    "So now we're more than a week into the new Google Play replacement of Google Music, Books & Android Market ... so how is the new Google Play going as a replacement for Google Music?


    It's off to a pretty good start, all things being equal. The "Instant Mix" feature allows you to create the Google Play playlist version of Apple's Genius Playlist, and it works pretty well. I have yet to be denied for an Instant Mix based on a song choice, while the Genius Playlist from Apple often comes up empty-handed when I ask it to create a playlist.


    What seems missing from Google Play is the talk of what the Google Drive phenomenon was, a cloud storage drive for Google Music or Google TV, as well as the interesting Google entertainment device. How will this fit in to Google Play? Is there more to come? :
     
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    Daily Disruption - It (click for full article)

    "Some of you were surprised to see a brand new service on your dashboard when logging in to Google over the last week. Looks like the 800-lb gorilla is taking on the 1200-lb elephant. It's Google versus Apple... again! Google TV versus Apple TV. iPhone versus Android. South of Sunnyvale versus North of Sunnyvale.


    Apple iTunes has been somewhat of an untouchable service... until now. Last week Google officially rolled out the intro to its new Google Play service incorporating over 450,000 apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies.


    "Google Play is a new digital content experience from Google where you can find your favorite music, movies, books, and Android apps and games. It's your entertainment hub: you can access it from the web or from your Android device or even TV, and all your content is instantly available across all of these devices." -Google


    The new service allows you to sample a song or book for free, view app ratings, reviews, and screenshots, or watch a movie trailer. Google has also integrated Play into the web using the cloud. According to Google, you can buy a book on your Android phone and read it on the web at play.google.com. Buy a new album on your Android tablet and listen to it on your desktop at work. Rent a movie online and watch it anywhere on your phone. Essentially, they promote the fact that you can read, listen and watch all your favorite content anywhere you want. No software required and no wires or syncing needed, and the Google Play cloud is free to use.


    Google is also stepping up their sharing and social platform with Play by including one-click sharing on books, music, movies, games and apps to your circles on Google+, email, or text message. "
     
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    Will Developers Begin Shunning the Android Ecosystem? (click for full article)

    "With news of another non-Google experience device coming later in the year to leverage Google's own Android source code but use a different store and ecosystem, will developers continue developing for Google's own Android platform in the future.


    We had reported earlier that Skyhook CEO Ted Morgan claims that a phone from a major tech manufacturer would be releasing a phone that eschews Google's ecosystem much in the same way that Amazon had done with the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, and though Morgan did not mention any names there are rampant speculations on the Internet that such a smartphone may come from Amazon or Facebook.


    Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have been experimenting with Android. Rather than skin-deep UI overlays like what HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung have created in the past, Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire both come with heavily skinned overlays that are deep and hides most visible traces of the Android OS.


    Rather than tying in with Google's Play Store for content, these two manufacturers have each forged their own paths with their own digital economy; Amazon's runs deepest with its own stores for apps, books, movies, music, magazines, and TV shows. "
     
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