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Google Play: Download The New Market Here! Screenshots Included!

Eric McBride
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Google shocked the tech world yesterday with an extremely short but game changing announcement: The Android Market is no more, and will now be referred to as Google Play. Google Play is not just a new market, but a game changer for Google, as it is a true digital entertainment hub that allows easy movement of files between computers, syncing across devices, books, movies, music, cloud based storage, and so much more. To celebrate, Google is having a sale on apps, games, and books, and although it will take a few days for all services and apps to change over to the new Google Play name, you can already see the new marketplace when viewing the Android Market from your PC. For anyone who is like me and can't resist waiting for the new market to show up on your phone or tablet, I have provided the new market and instructions on how to install it at the bottom of this article. But first, here are a few screenshots of the Play Store running on my phone and tablet:

Here it is running on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:

 And here on the HTC Sensation:

As you can see, there aren't any massive changes here...yet. The logo at the top right now reads Google Play, and towards the bottom you can see the promotion for the new Play Apps sale, which has some GREAT apps and games being sold for 49 cents (Euro cents). I went crazy and bought like 10 new games for my tablet last night, including Dead Space, Shadow Gun, and Osmos HD for 49 cents (Euro cents) a pop, so get em while they last, as this is a limited time sale only! (According to reports, more titles will be available for this price starting this Friday. More details as we receive them). They also are offering an "App of the Day" for 20 cents (in German..sorry), which is also a nice touch. Would have been nice to see it free, ala Amazon App Store, but at 20 cents, I can't really complain can I?

If you can't wait for Google to install the new market, you can download and install it here. It's really easy and doesn't require root access. All you need to do is make sure unknown sources are allowed on your phone, then:

  • Download the Googe Play app to your SD card. You can get it here
  • Use a file manager to navigate to it after downloading it
  • Press on the app
  • It will ask permission to install. Press yes (We ran logcats and tests with our developers to make sure the app is secure, so no worries :-D )
  • Finished :-D (You will then see that your Market App has dissappeared from your app drawer, and has been replaced by "Play Store").

What blows my mind is that the entire name change occured without ANYONE hearing anything about it. No leaks, no rumors, no nothing..just BAM..name change. I really like the direction Google is going with this, and it's pretty obvious that they have iTunes and Amazon's app store in mind in the way that they suddenly changed their platform. While most of the features will only be available to US and UK users, we hope to see all functionality for books, music, and movies rolled out soon to the rest of the world.

All this the day before the iPad 3 was released. Strange coincidence......

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  • Cam charles Mar 7, 2012 Link

    I'm loving play picked up a bunch of cheap apps lol pity movies and music etc aren't available in aus :(

    Also you don't have to get the separate app, if you simply open your settings and go to apps then market and delete all data, when you re open market it will pull the new play Layout it won't be called play or anything but ye

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  • Eric McBride Mar 7, 2012 Link

    Thanks for telling me Cam. I wasnt sure if it had already been updated by Google. I ll edit the blog to let our readers know..thank you!

    EDIT: Just tried it out...It does make you aware of Google play, but after doing that the market still says "Market" in the top left corner. Guess Google hasnt finished the rollout yet.

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  • Cam charles Mar 7, 2012 Link

    Haha I just opened my market to check if mine said play or not and was greeted with a screen saying market is upgrading to play click here to agree, I now have 100% play, so about 3 hours ago I did what I mentioned above and now I've got play pushed, not sure if the two are related but hey :)

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  • Eric McBride Mar 7, 2012 Link

    Are you in the US or in Europe, as here in Germany it doesnt seem to have rolled out yet. The 49 cent apps are there, but no Google Play yet :( Seems the only way to get it here is by installing it, although Im sure the official rollout will happen in the next few days.

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  • Cam charles Mar 7, 2012 Link

    I'm in Australia, earlier it did still say market but had all the play functionality such as 49c apps, movies etc aren't active here yet, so even now I have actual play store movies etc aren't available but it is now branded play store

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  • Eric McBride Mar 7, 2012 Link

    Gotcha. Same here. Man..cant wait to get books and movies over here in Europe!

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  • Cam charles Mar 7, 2012 Link

    We can get books in aid, not movies or music yet though, I can't wait for music a proper store to rival iTunes is highly needed

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  • Eric McBride Mar 7, 2012 Link

    You can already get books? Grrrrr...your lucky. Let me see if I can do that from here yet with the new update.

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  • gary payne Mar 8, 2012 Link

    I cant get this to work on my arnova android tablet any help please?

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  • Eric McBride Mar 9, 2012 Link

    Did that tablet originally ship with Android market?

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  • Cam charles Mar 9, 2012 Link

    its not a google certified android product therefore, little known fact, its not allowed google apps like market gmail etc it is of course rooted with custom google app filled roms available, id say you would have to at least root the tablet to get the play store mate

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  • Eric McBride Mar 9, 2012 Link

    Theres your answer Gary. If it didnt ship with Android products, rooting it is probably your only option at being able to use it.

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  • Carlos Vasquez Jun 8, 2012 Link

    Any way to install with kindle fire?? Please help

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  • bästa Matilda Aug 23, 2012 Link

    I have a tab and I just download google play but when a click on it sya that something is in the way And a relly don't know what to do ;(

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  • bästa Matilda Aug 23, 2012 Link

    Hey
    I have a tab and I have both download google play and android apps but when iam goning to download instragram it says that something is in the way and I don't knowwhat to do

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  • jep oli Sep 3, 2012 Link

    can somebody help me, i recently reset to factory setting my samsung galaxy mini, it all loses my Market...i downloaded and follow the instructions above to get google play store app on my mobile, it was installed but when i opened it it crashes..., tried , reboot , reset , re install but same results....
    Suggestion please....

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  • Amanda Picking Nov 23, 2012 Link

    I have a trio stealth pro tablet nd for some reason I can't get a playstore. Im finally able to download them but after installin them they will say it stopped unexpctedly everytime and won't even let me get on

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  • Austin Chancey Dec 29, 2012 Link

    I have a tablet that says it has google play on it, it didn't. found this and everytime I open google play it says "Unfortunately, google play store has stopped" Any suggestions and why the box would say it has it when it doesn't

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  • Austin Chancey Dec 29, 2012 Link

    I have the same Tablet amanda has and the box says it has Google Play store -_- my sister has the same one and doesn't have it :-/

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  • Samantha Cruz Jun 19, 2013 Link

    I've already tried downloading it and it says "play store unexpectedly stopped" each time i try to load it!!!

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