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 September 13

The Google One launch was a bit rough. The service was announced at I/O, then it went up on the Play Store 10 days later, and then it became officially available to “everyone” in mid-August. But the problem with that was that it wasn’t actually available to everyone.

Now Google’s trying to make up for the headache…

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Google Play Store Stories September 11

Rootless Pixel Launcher returns to the Play Store after ditching installation prompt

Rootless Pixel Launcher was removed from the Google Play Store earlier this month due to a violation of Google’s policies, but just a few days later, an updated version has returned…

Google Play Store Stories September 5

Over the past year, Google Play — and other app stores — have worked to increase curation through editorial content and top lists. A concurrent trend has been letting users beta test apps and games ahead of launch in a move that also helps developers find bugs. The Play Store is now working on a loyalty program called “Play Points.”

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Google Play Store Stories August 24

App Store curation is a trend on both Android and iOS with Google last year introducing an Editors’ Choice section featuring editorial lists and recommendations. Google is now providing developers with more insight into how users are discovering apps on the Play Store.

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Google Play Store Stories August 15

With a “lead smartwatch” coming this fall and rumors of a Google-made Pixel wearable, Wear OS has seen a flurry of activity in recent weeks. Google today announced a new initiative aimed at improving Wear app quality by instituting a Play Store review process.

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Google Play Store Stories August 10

Google Play officially acknowledges that Fortnite is not in the Play Store

Earlier this month, Epic Games detailed that Fortnite would require a direct APK download and install. With the game officially launching yesterday on Samsung devices and a general Android beta opening this weekend, Google is acknowledging that the hit gaming sensation is not available through the Play Store.

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