Google Play

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Google Play is a cloud-based sales platform of Google for music, movies, videos, apps and since the 20th of December 2013 also for magazines.[2] The platform originated from the former app shop of Android, known as the Android Market. Google Play is the name of the products Google Play Store, Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music.

Before January 2020 through Google News (formerly known as Google Play Kiosk[3] and Google Play Magazines[2]) it was possible to buy magazines and newspapers, as well as subscribing to them.

The sell of devices (formerly through Google Play Devices) was extracted from the Google Play construct into it's own web-shop.

History

At the 22. of October 2008, the first version of the Android Market was launched for the T-Mobile G1. This market offered the user of an Android device to download and install both free and payed apps onto the device. The most apps of the market were created by third-party developers.[4] The sell of payed apps was not possible in most other countries than the united states, such as Germany.

Since the 3. of April 2009, German users were able pay for and download payed apps through the Android Market.[5] 10 days later, German developers were able to offer their payed apps on the market as well.[6]

At the 6. of March 2012, the Android Market was renamed into Google Play Store and also got a new internet address, https://play.google.com.[7]

Since the 15. of June 2012, the new offering Google Books (later Google Play Books) started by providing payed and free eBooks.[8]

Starting at the 17. of August 2013, Google completed the platform by providing the rental of movies through the new service Google Play Movies.

With Google Play Music the platform grew once again with a new media, music, where Google sells single tracks and albums, which could be downloaded on the smartphone or tablet.[9]

During the Google I/O 2013, the service Google Play Music all-access was announced, which allowed users to unlimitedly stream music for a monthly service fee. The service was first available in the united states and some other selected countries, only.

By merging Google Play Magazines and Google Currents, at the 20. of November 2013 the new offering Google Play Kiosk started.[1] It sold free and payed magazines and newspapers. In July 2018 the offering was merged into the Google News app, the own Kiosk app was discontinued.[10] In January 2020, Google stopped the selling of subscriptions of digital copies of print-versions of magazines and newspapers.[11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Google Play Kiosk ersetzt Currents". t3n.de. 2013-11-20. Abgerufen am 2013-12-09. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Google Play Kiosk ersetzt Currents". t3n.de. 2013-11-20. Abgerufen am 2013-12-09. 
  3. heise online. "Google News ersetzt Google Play Kiosk". heise online (in Deutsch). Abgerufen am 2020-03-01. 
  4. "Android Market: Now available for users". Android Developers Blog. Abgerufen am 2020-03-01. 
  5. "Deutscher Android Market mit Bezahlfunktion (Update) - Golem.de" (in Deutsch). Abgerufen am 2020-03-01. 
  6. "Google Play – Wikipedia". de.wikipedia.org (in Deutsch). Abgerufen am 2020-03-01. 
  7. "Android Market heißt zukünftig Google Play – Android News". Android-Hilfe.de (in Deutsch). Abgerufen am 2020-03-01. 
  8. "Google Play: Auswahl um Bücher erweitert – Android News". Android-Hilfe.de (in Deutsch). Abgerufen am 2020-03-01. 
  9. "Google Play Store: Jetzt auch mit Musik im Angebot – Android News". Android-Hilfe.de (in Deutsch). Abgerufen am 2020-03-01. 
  10. heise online. "Google News ersetzt Google Play Kiosk". heise online (in Deutsch). Abgerufen am 2020-03-01. 
  11. heise online. "Das nächste Grab: Keine Zeitschriften-Abos mehr in Google News". heise online (in Deutsch). Abgerufen am 2020-03-01.