Play is Google’s digital store for music, films, ebooks, magazines and Android apps and games, replacing the old Android Market and Google Music stores. Content can be downloaded from an Android app or via the website.
Google Play is, essentially, Google’s answer to the iTunes Store, offering millions of songs, movies, TV shows, ebooks, magazines and Android apps. It’s little more than a year old, having been formed when Google merged its Music store with the Android Market, but has already established itself as a real rival to other digital distribution platforms. It’s also the place to buy Google-branded hardware like the Nexus 4 or Chromebook Pixel.
One of its biggest strengths are its over-the-air downloads. Open up the Play store on your computer’s web browser and select a bunch of apps or games and they’ll automatically download to your Android phone or tablet.
Improvements to the store are always being made, such as Google Play Music All Access, a Spotify-style music streaming platform into which all of your current digital music is automatically integrated.
Price: Free | Google Play