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 Today

As part of the Google Play Store “Deal Week” in the UK, you can now get £4 free credit toward an app, game, or in-game item when you next choose to spend on the digital store.

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Google Play Store Stories July 7

Google Meet zooms past 100 million download milestone

Google Meet for Android has now zoomed past the 100 million download milestone on the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories July 6

The Google Play Store is now rolling out a fresh lick of paint and redesigned “Categories” section to make it easier to navigate.

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Google Play Store Stories July 2

Pandora for Android gains dark mode support in Android 10

While not really being available outside of North America, the popular music-streaming service Pandora is now adding a dark mode that is fully supported by Android 10.

Google Play Store Stories July 1

In March, Apple announced that it acquired Dark Sky and planned to kill the Android, as well as Wear OS, app. The app has now been removed from Google Play for new users, but it — so far — still works.

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Google Play Store Stories June 30

The Google Play Credit caching Opinion Rewards has now finally acquired the 50 million downloads on the Play Store.

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