Google Play: All Your Favorite Apps in One Place
Google Play is a digital distribution platform, which serves as the official app store for the Android operating system. It allows users to download applications that have been developed with the Android SDK and published through Google. The feature also serves as a digital media store for music, books, magazines, movies, and television shows. Users can also purchase hardware devices through Google Play such as Chromebooks, Google Nexus-branded mobile devices, Chromecasts, as well as accessories.
The free-of-charge or paid applications can be installed from the device using the Google Play Store app, or through the Google Play website on a PC. To distribute their apps, developers have to pay a registration fee for a Google Play Developer Console account. Developers can control which countries an app is distributed in, the pricing for the app, as well as any in-app purchases for each location. Developers receive 70% of the application price, while the remaining 30% goes to distribution partner and operating fees.
Google Play offers an online music store with millions of songs. The platform is the world’s largest ebook store, with millions of titles to choose from. Books can be transferred to and read on any device that supports the Adobe eBook DRM (This includes e-readers and many other applications as well). Google requires users to provide payment information even if you are downloading a free ebook.
Publishers and authors can publish their books on Google Play through the Play Books Partner Centre. Google mandates that its publishers also make the book available for a limited preview on Google Books. The publisher can set the percentage of the book to be made available for preview.
There are thousands of movies and television shows available on Google Play Movies & TV. Some movies are in HD and include genres such as comedy, drama, animation, action and documentary. Movies can be rented or purchased and watched on the Google Play website, or via an application on an Android device. Some titles limit your ability to rent or purchase, while others are available for both. Users also have the ability to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing by using the Google Play Movie app.
On Play Newsstand, you can access both free and paid news publications or magazines. All paid magazines offer a free 30-day trial, while the free trial period for news sources differs.
To get those Google Nexus mobile devices, Chromebooks, other Google-branded hardware and accessories that we mentioned earlier, simply go to the Devices section of the Google Play store.
Google Play Games features real-time multiplayer gaming capabilities, cloud saves, social and public leaderboards, as well as a list of achievements. It is similar to Apple’s Game Center. According to Google, Google Play Games received over 100 million new users between January 2014 and June 2014, making it the fastest growing mobile gaming network of all time.
Google Play gift cards are also available in many countries.
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