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Will You Get It on Google Play?

Anders Bylund (TMF Zahrim)
March 11, 2012

If you own an Android device, you're probably wondering what happened to the familiar old Android Market. For most of us, the Market is gone, replaced by the new Google Play app.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) has not only rebranded the Market as the Google Play Store, a name that incorporates the Google brand, but also rolled a few other services into it. Google Music on your smartphone or tablet is now known as Google Play Music, the e-book service is Google Play Books, and then there's the newfangled Google Play Movies service. Before you brand this as another attack on Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX  ) , I'll note that Play Movies is more of a pay-per-view service than an all-you-can eat subscription thing. That makes it more of a rival to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) iTunes Movies, (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) Instant Video, and the bucketful of PPV services built on the Rovi (Nasdaq: ROVI  ) RoxioNow platform.

What does it mean?
For us developers, it's no big deal and possibly even a boon. We have been assured that nothing has changed except a few URLs, and indeed, my own apps appeared in the Play Store without my lifting a finger. The new ap