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AndroidPIT Research: What Is Google Play Called On YOUR Device?

Authored by: Eric McBride — Apr 14, 2012
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Of all the things I love so much about Android, one of those things is that I literally learn something new everyday. Whether it's on my tablet or phone, there is always some new feature or way I can use my device that I'm constantly discovering, and even after years of rooting, modding, and tweaking my devices, there's always new things to discover. Today at AndroidPIT, we made a rather strangediscovery when one of my bosses came in and told me that the Google Play Store was called Google Play "Shop" on his HTC One X. Then I had a look at a Galaxy Note and noticed it was still called "Market" despite having the new Play Store logo. Then I looked on my Galaxy Nexus and it was called Play Store. Huh?? So on 3 different devices the Google Play Store has 3 different names? How did I never notice this?

Here is a screenshot of it on my Galaxy Nexus:

Here it is on the HTC One X:

And here it is on the Samsung Galaxy Note:

What...the...eff?? Has it always been this way, or is this something that's new to Google Play? As you can see on the Galaxy Nexus, which is stock Android, it's called "Play Store". On the HTC One X running Sense 4.0 it's called "Play Shop", and on the Galaxy Note running Touchwiz it's called "Market". All of the devices are updated to the newest market, which is why I find this really strange. What gives?

Is this a skin thing? Did Android manufacturers using skinned versions of Android decide to name their shops differently on their devices? Or is this some type of error on Google's part? We find this really interesting here at AndroidPIT and would like to ask our readers the following:

What is Google Play called on YOUR device?

Please let us know in the comments below! It will help us to compile some reasearch and try to figure out exactly what's going on! 


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  • Niels Christiansen Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Play Butik, in Danish. Butik would translate as store.

  • Eric McBride Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Thanks for all the feedback guys! Keep it coming! I think the language of the phone might have something to do with it. I will try to confirm ASAP.

  • e stoner Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    it's called play store on my HTC Rezound

  • Ralph Midgley Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Scroll Excel wont allow me to download it I would love to get round it because it has all the apps. I like.

  • Brennan Yamamoto Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    eric, refresh the market icon (delete it from the homescreen and re-add it from the app drawer) on that note, and it should change to play store. When the android market updates to play store, it updates the icon image, but not the name.

    It reads play store on all my devices. HTC Sensation 4G, ASUS Transformer Prime, Nexus S 4G, HTC EVO 3D.

  • tintin Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    on my Archos 101 G9 turbo it play store. Excellent device love it :-)

  • Eix Erik Sikk Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    I think the names are choosed by the language you use on your phone...

  • Eix Erik Sikk Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Play store (cause I'm using estonian language,it's "play pood")

    -Samsung Galaxy Ace

  • Cedric Chua Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Play Store too - HTC sensation xe

  • Alexandr Boriskin Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    also "play store" Droid razr

  • mysticalmalissa Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Play Store on my HTC Rezound. When I am actually in the "market" it says Google Play.

  • Brian Mixon Apr 15, 2012 Link to comment

    "play store" - EVO 3D

  • James Bonham Apr 14, 2012 Link to comment

    i have a My Touch Q and when i first got it several months ago it called i simply Market i just noticed within the past few days it now says "Play Store". i am on the T mobile network

  • Khaled Apr 14, 2012 Link to comment

    the google play in my tablet sony s is play store.