There have been lots of rumours regarding a new service that Google was about to launch to compete with Dropbox, iCloud and other cloud-driving services. Something called Google Drive. However, Google has gone a step forward from what we expected: a few hours ago it released Google Play, a new cloud-service which brings together music, books, movies and Android apps at the same place.
Keeping the idea of bringing all our stuff with us wherever we go, with no wires, no installations, no headaches. Google Play allows us to enjoy all our entertainment content from both web browser or mobile device. Its main features are:
- Free storage for 20K songs as well as purchasing as many as you want from the market
- Download up to 450K Android apps and games
- Enjoy the biggest database of eBooks
- Movie rental including HD movies and new releases
Thus, the Android Market, as we know it, is going to change to embrance apps, music, eBooks and movies. The switching from Android Market to Google Play will occur gradually in the next days/months, so keep an eye on your device’s updates. However, the full service will be only available in the USA for a while (we don’t know exactly for how long). It will be released in other countries but if you aren’t living in the USA (well, if you don’t have a USA IP Address…;) ) you’ll have to wait so far. We’re getting used to such annoying policy.
In order to celebrate Google Play’s release, throughout this week there will be albums, books, apps and movies with special discounts. It has been called “7 days to play”. For those who don’t have full access to Google Play yet, we hope that at least they can take advantage of the special prices.
Google Play is a new way of widening the Market concept, bringing together all our entertainment resources in just one place accessible from all our devices. We suspect that this is just the beginning of something even bigger. We’ll keep tune. By now, you can snoop around Google Play and discover its new features while waiting for the update in our mobile devices. Doesn’t it look a good change to you?
Emmanuel Lund, writer at AndroidZoom. Right now, toying with Google Play