Android Market has changed its name to Google Play Store

7 March 2012 by
Today Google changed the name of the Android Market app store to Google Play Store. This name change was done to reflect that Google also want to sell other types of media via the market place

Google Play Store announced

The new name of the Android Market is from today on, Google Play Store. The chosen name for the new entertainment destination mirrors the ideas Google has for this online store. It has already been possible to buy and download music, movies, apps, games and books from Google sites. And from today, Android Market, Google Music and Google eBookstore can be found under the Google Play umbrella. The Android Market app installed on your smartphone will within the next few days be upgraded to Google Play Store app. Those other three apps will be renamed to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music.

Google want as much media coverage as possible about this, and we do not know of any better way to attract customers than screaming out loud the word "free". Google will be giving away Android apps, music, video rental and books the next seven days.

Google has made a short video clip which shows which services will be found with the Google Play name

Google Play Store for Android apps and games



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tranced12 years, 4 months ago
Just downloaded the apk. Will try it now
laffen12 years, 4 months ago
To force an upgrade, just clear the current installed Market app data and the app will be upgraded to Google Play Store at the next launch
tranced12 years, 4 months ago
Should've said that earlier. Anyway, I have mine up!
laffen12 years, 4 months ago
Sorry, just found out myself
tranced12 years, 4 months ago
No probs. I've always updated the Market with this method.
goldenface12 years, 4 months ago
Mine only seemed to update my Google books app, after deleting the apps data. I'm still waiting for the rest.
argiriano12 years, 4 months ago
I restarted my phone on 8th March and it`s just updated Market to Play Store... and yes it does say Play Store, not Play Shop in Bulgaria just like in some other countries.
4eversingle12 years, 4 months ago
my phone says google play shop not google play store... is it the smae?

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