Before the unified Play branding, Google had the Android Market, Google Music, and Google eBookstore. Google decided to merge and rebrand its individual digital offerings into the Play Store in March of 2012.

The Play Store is now the default place to purchase apps, movies & television, music, books, and news subscriptions for all Android devices. The latter four offerings having their individual Android and iOS apps to watch, listen, and read purchased content. Most content can also be accessed through the web.

In April of 2016, the suite of icons were redesigned in a similar style to provide a consistent look across all devices and the web.

Google Play Store Stories November 17

Google has begun previewing the latest changes to Android as part of November’s Google Play System updates, including improvements for Wallet and parental controls.

Update: Google is bringing its updated photo picker to nearly every Android device, including ones that are quite outdated.

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Google Play Store Stories November 16

Some customers are seeing massive Google Play Store credits and negative Play Points balances upon receiving their Stadia refunds.

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Google Play Store Stories November 13

Google Play Store tests showing apps in search over history [U: Not paid ads]

Advertising in app stores is the norm, but Google is now testing surfacing apps directly in Play Store search.

Google Play Store Stories November 10

Google announced User Choice Billing for the Play Store in March to let Android apps use their own payment system. Spotify is now rolling out initial billing support, while Google Play is bringing UCB to more markets, including the US.

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Google Play Store Stories November 3

‘Google Wi-Fi Provisioner’ update rolling out via Play Store with new explanation of app

Google this morning rolled out an update to the “Google Wi-Fi Provisioner” app and made it available via the Play Store in the process for faster releases.

Google Play Store Stories November 2

Google is introducing a new “app quality bar” for the Play Store to give more prominence to higher-quality titles.

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Google Play Store Stories November 1

As 2022 starts winding down, Google has now opened Users’ Choice voting on the Play Store for the  best new Android app and game.

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Google Play Store Stories October 31

Google Play Store not showing ‘Recently updated’ Android apps again [U]

Google recently addressed an issue where version numbers disappeared from the Play Store, and a similar problem in that vein has now appeared involving the “Recently updated” list.

Google Play Store Stories October 30

Yes, the Google Play Store’s Update button got bigger

In recent weeks, the Play Store has picked up a handful of new multi-device features, and more are coming. A much smaller Google Play Store tweak sees the Update button get bigger.

Google Play Store Stories October 20

India demands third-party Android app stores in Play Store as it hits Google with fine

Google has been under intense scrutiny for its practice of requiring certain apps to be installed on Android phones, and now India is the latest country to hit Google with a multimillion-dollar fine.

Google Play Store Stories October 19

Both Google and Apple have come under regulatory scrutiny over the past few years due to practices with their respective mobile app stores and the lack of competition. As it turns out, Microsoft has been quietly working on its own mobile game store that would take on the Play Store and App Store, but it depends on a forthcoming acquisition.

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Google Play Store Stories October 17

Wear OS app reaches 50 million Play Store downloads after Pixel Watch ditches it

The official “Wear OS” app has reached a new downloads milestone in the Play Store just as the Pixel Watch and other newer smartwatches make it irrelevant.

Google Play Store Stories October 13

Google previewed a Play Store tablet, foldable, and large screen redesign at I/O in May, and the most important aspect of it is coming in 2023.

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Google Play Store Stories October 12

This is probably what Android’s app archiving feature will look like [Video]

Following an announcement earlier this year, it seems app archiving on Android is coming together, as a working demo has been shown off.

Google Play Store Stories September 29

As telegraphed by September’s Google Play system update, the Wear OS Play Store is beginning to get its new redesign.

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The Play Store is one of the 20 first-party apps getting optimized for tablets and Google is kicking off the redesign with a navigation rail.

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Google Play Store Stories September 27

To make the Play Store on phones a better hub for finding apps for Wear OS, televisions, and cars, Google in recent months has rolled out a trio of updates to offer a better multi-device experience.

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Google Play Store Stories September 23

To better highlight that the Play Store is increasingly home to more than just phone apps, Google is adding a prominent “Other devices” section for watch, televisions, and car apps.

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Google Play Store Stories September 2

Parler’s Android app has been reinstated to the Google Play Store

The Android app for the social network Parler has been reinstated into the Google Play Store, 18 months after its removal.

Google Play Store Stories September 1

Back in March, Google announced that it would allow Android apps to use their own payment system as long as Play Store billing was offered alongside it. Google Play is now letting non-gaming developers around the world sign up for the User Choice Billing pilot, while naming which markets it will be tested in.

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Google Play Store Stories August 31

With the addition of the developer-generated Data safety section this year, Google Play removed the old list of app permissions. The Play Store is now reversing this decision in response to user feedback and will have both coexist.

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Google Play Store Stories August 10

Samsung can take credit for helping give Wear OS new life, and it’s an effort that’s paying off for everyone. During Unpacked today, Google revealed a few new features coming to Wear OS later this year, including a revamped Play Store and better Google Maps support.

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Google Play Store Stories August 9

Google Play makes use of a strike system for apps, with multiple resulting in termination and removal. The company is now piloting a training course (and assessment) that gives Android developers the opportunity to have the “strike count against their account’s standing waived.”

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Google Play Store Stories August 4

In response to user criticism, Google Play is bringing back the list of app permissions, but another curious Store change sees version numbers removed from the App info section.

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Google Play Store Stories July 29

Google has just issued new policy updates for Play Store developers, and the new rules take aim directly at misinformation, impersonation, and annoying game ads… among other things.

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Google Play Store Stories July 27

Google last changed the Play icon in 2016 when Play Movies & TV, Music, and Newsstand were still vibrantly kicking. Over six years later, the Google Play Store is getting a new logo.

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Google Play Store Stories July 25

In March of 2012, the “Android Market” was rebranded into “Google Play.” To mark 10 years, Google is introducing a new logo for the Play Store, and there’s also a 10x Play Points booster to celebrate the decade. 

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Google Play Store Stories July 19

Following regulation in South Korea last year and a somewhat more voluntary “User Choice Billing” in March, Google announced today that it would soon allow nongaming Android apps to offer users in Europe (European Economic Area) an alternative to Google Play’s billing system.

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Google Play Store Stories July 15

Just in time for Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro pre-orders to open, the Play Store now allows you to redeem Play Points toward as much as $200 off Google Store purchases.

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Google Play Store Stories July 14

Since permissions were added to Android as a platform, the Google Play Store has shown a list of all potential permissions that an app could use before installing that app. Now, the Play Store has removed that list.

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Kakaotalk removes external billing from its Android app to comply with Google’s rules [U]

The Google Play Store has been cracking down on its billing policies over the past couple of years, and some major apps have complied with the new rules. In South Korea, though, Google had resorted to blocking updates to the popular messaging app Kakaotalk, as the app was refusing to comply with billing rules. Now, though, Kakaotalk has agreed to Google’s terms.

Google Play Store Stories July 12

Google says Tinder-owner Match wants to use Play Store ‘for free’ in counterclaim

Earlier this year Google signed a temporary deal with Match Group, the company that owns the popular dating app Tinder, which would allow the group’s apps to use third-party billing during a lawsuit. Now, Google has issued a counterclaim against Match, saying that the group wants to use the Play Store and its services “all for free.”

Google Play Store Stories July 11

As we first enabled in March, the Google Play Store is getting more Material You tweaks in the form of new buttons. 

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Google Play Store Stories July 7

At I/O 2022, Google showed off a major Play Store redesign for large screen devices. Until that’s ready, the Play Store on Android tablets and Chromebooks is picking up some Material You flourishes. 

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Google Play Store Stories July 1

It’s no secret that smartphone games with in-app purchases (IAPs) are a revenue generator for both the developer and app stores. A Google Play Points promotion today highlights mobile gaming whales just a bit too much.

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Google Play Store Stories June 30

Google this evening said it reached a proposed Play Store settlement with a group of US developers that would primarily establish a $90 million fund.

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Google Play Store Stories June 21

As announced in March, Google Play users on Android are starting to see the Movies & TV store disappear from the app.

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Google Play Store Stories June 8

You can now use Google Play Points to pay for Apps – here’s how

Rewards programs can vary in usefulness, and some aren’t worth using at all. Google Play Points has some hidden usefulness that can fly under the radar – unless you’re looking for it. This guide will take you through how to use Google Play Points to redeem and pay for things like apps and perks.

Google Play Store Stories May 27

In addition to the web redesign becoming more widely available, Google Play is rolling out a rather granular “Compatibility for your active devices” section for app listings on Android.

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Google Play Store Stories May 26

As first tested in November, Google is rolling out a big redesign of the web Play Store that brings it inline with other services after many years of the same user interface. 

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Google Play Store Stories May 23

Google and Match Group have signed a temporary agreement so that any in-app payments made in Tinder and Hinge will be made using a third-party system.

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Google Play Store Stories May 20

PayPal offering $10 reward for your first purchase on Google Play

In a bit of cross-promotion, PayPal is offering a $10 reward for making a purchase on Google Play through their payment service.

Bandcamp will keep in-app billing on Android for now, as Google & Epic battle it out [U]

Just last month, Epic Games announced that it would acquire the music platform Bandcamp. Now, Bandcamp is the latest reason Epic Games is taking legal action against Google, this time over the tech giant’s Android app billing crackdown.

This article was last updated on May 20. Scroll down for the latest.

Google Play Store Stories May 19

In addition to other Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) announcements today, Google is making it easier to find accessible Android apps in the Play Store.

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Google Play Store Stories May 18

Google effectively blocks Total Commander file manager from sideloading APK files on Android

The Google Play Store has apparently blocked the relatively popular file manager, Total Commander, from sideloading APK files by threat of removal from the app from the store.

Google Play Store Stories May 17

Last week, a handful of Google apps opened preview programs, but new versions have yet to emerge. The Play Store now says that the Wear OS companion app is getting a beta.

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After a long wait and a number of limited region-locked beta previews, Apex Legends Mobile is now available for all Android users on the Google Play Store.

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Google Play Store Stories May 16

Google announced recently that it would purge the Play Store of outdated Android apps that didn’t support the platform’s latest features or had been neglected. According to a new report, Google’s crackdown will remove nearly 900,000 outdated Android apps from the Play Store.

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