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 16

UK Google Play Store adds its first 4K UHD movie

The first 4K movies began rolling out to the U.S. and Canadian Play Store last December. Since then, Apple’s iTunes has also rolled out higher-quality films with a free upgrade for past purchases. Google might finally be expanding the content to other countries as the first 4K UHD movie in the UK is now available for purchase.

Google Play Store Stories November 13

Former Hulu CTO hired by Google as vice president leading Play Store

Google last month hired a high-ranking executive from Hulu to lead its Play Store division. Tian Lim was formerly the streaming service’s chief technology officer and is now leading Google Play as a vice president.

News broke over the weekend that Google was instructing Android developers that don’t use Accessibility Services for its intended purpose to strip away that functionality from apps. It has now surfaced that this change is related to a “toast overlay” attack that tricks users into installing malware by masking parts of the interface.

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Google Play Store Stories November 12

To better help users with disabilities, Android has a set of Accessibility Services that developers can use to improve their applications. For some time, though, these services and APIs have been used by some apps (such as LastPass and Tasker) to create unique overlay user interfaces and control functions within other apps.

Now, according to an email from Google, unless developers can describe how the app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users who are disabled, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off of the Play Store

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Google Play Store Stories October 29

Free Money: Snag 10% off $50 Google Play gift card digitally delivered in minutes from Amazon

From 9to5Toys.com:

Amazon has a $50 Google Play Store digital gift card on sale for $45 when you use the coupon code GOOGLE5 at checkout. This is $5 off of the normal price, saving you a few bucks this holiday season.

How to stop new apps from being added to your home screen on Android Oreo

Android has long had a feature that automatically added shortcuts to the home screen after they were downloaded from the Google Play Store. As this could get annoying, the feature could be disabled within the Play Store’s settings menu. With Oreo, though, Google moved this setting out of the store itself and placed it into one of the operating system’s menus. Here’s how to turn this automatic feature off…

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