If you own an Android mobile phone or tablet then you need to spend some time getting to know Google Play.
It is the Android version of Apple’s iTunes, a one-stop online shop packed full of movies, music, books and crucially apps and games to download.
Launched only last month, it replaces the Android market, Google’s previous home for its mobile downloads.
And while its catalogue of 450,000 pieces of handset software is dwarfed by Apple’s range, there’s still plenty to choose from.
Writing on Google’s blog, Director of Digital Content Jamie Rosenberg, said:
“Entertainment is supposed to be fun. But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite – moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires.
“Today we’re eliminating all that hassle with Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favourite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet.”
While the Android Market wasn’t as easy-to-use as it could have been, Google Play is far more intuitive and simple.
Split into categories, there are clear Top lists to help you see what others are downloading for free or purchasing and it can be accessed through the web or via an Android app.
As well as the apps, there are millions of songs and books to pick from alongside thousands of movies. You can watch trailers or view samples too, in order to try before you buy.
And with everything stored in the cloud – which means it’s kept securely online on a server by Google rather than on your specific machine – whatever you download is available across all of your Google devices and the web.
So a book you buy for your handset can be read on your computer, or your tablet. Similarly, a movie you rent can be started on a phone and finished off on your laptop.
There’s no complicated syncing, it all works with your Google account. You can even buy on the web and send the download direct to your portable device without even having to plug a gadget into the computer.
If you want to let your friends and family know what you’ve been enjoying, it can be shared easily using Google+, Google’s version of Facebook.
Music tracks you buy can even be shared with others to let them have a listen.
Google Play will also alert you when any of your apps need updating, ensuring your software is always fully secure and feature-packed.
Right now Music is only available in America but Movies and Books can be bought and downloaded in Britain.
Director of Digital Content Jamie Rosenberg, added:
“Google Play will be the new home for Android apps. Our long-term goal is to roll out as many different types of content as possible to people around the world, and we’ll keep adding new content to keep it fresh.”
You can find out more about Google Play right here and if you have the old Android Market icon on your phone, it will should automatically update to the Google Play one.
All you need to do now is start exploring and downloading from the Google Play Store and to help, here’s three apps you should be owning. Have fun!
The hit game everyone’s talking about and playing. Add your friends, and try and draw the words you get given for them to guess.
An innovative keyboard to replace your on board Android one that is far smarter when learning what and how you type to suggest words and make your typing faster.
It’s just been bought by Facebook for a cool $1bn and it’s easy to see why this photo-sharing app is so popular. Show your friends and family what you’re snapping and choose from a range of filtered effects to make your pictures look stunning.