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

Back in March, Google Play announced that it was cutting commission fees to 15% on the first $1 million in revenue from paid apps and in-app purchases (IAPs) for all Android developers. Google announced today that next year, the Play Store will only take a 15% cut on all subscriptions from day one. 

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Google Play Store Stories October 18

Back in May, Google announced a new Play Store requirement to have Android apps detail how they collect and use personal information. The Google Play “Data safety” section will go live in February as developers will soon be able to fill out the necessary information.

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Telegram surges past 1 billion Play Store downloads

Third-party messaging client Telegram has now joined an exclusive and limited club after surpassing the 1 billion download figure over on the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories October 12

Last year the hit game Fortnite was briefly available on Android through the Google Play Store, until Epic Games kicked off its war against app store fees by adding its own payment system to the game behind the backs of Google and Apple. Now, Google is launching a countersuit against Epic Games for that breach of contract.

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Google Play Store Stories October 9

Google’s Material You rollout continues with the Play Store over the last 24 hours, but this redesign is not too visually encompassing ye and availability is quite limited.

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Google Play Store Stories September 27

Google’s wearable platform is seeing a big push in the coming months with more new devices expected to accompany the revamped OS. As part of this, a “Health Services” app for Wear OS is now available in the Play Store.

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Google Play Store Stories September 3

Battlefield Mobile is coming to Android in ‘Autumn’ via limited region beta

After being announced as coming by EA earlier this year, Battlefield Mobile will arrive on Android in a limited region beta.

Google Play Store Stories September 2

The next version of Google’s wearable platform has now properly arrived and it will be experienced by more users in the coming months. Ahead of that, Google is introducing updated app quality guidelines for Wear OS 3.

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Nova Launcher 7 leaves beta, now rolling out via the Play Store

After launching in public beta just over a month ago, the long-awaited stable launch of Nova Launcher 7 is upon us and rolling out via the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories August 31

Google officially announced the Play Store’s Material Theme in August 2019, while a dark mode came that October. Since then, pages like “Manage apps & devices,” settings, and navigation have been significantly revamped. A Material You redesign with Dynamic Color is what’s next for the Google Play Store, and here’s an early look. 

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Google Play Store Stories August 23

Google Play today announced that Android app ratings will be localized by country and device type to make the star count “more personalized and indicative of the experience each individual user can expect.”

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Google Play Store Stories August 17

Google Contacts reaches 1 billion downloads on the Play Store

Keeping in touch with your friends and family is much easier if you have their numbers saved, and if you use Android, then it’s almost certain that you’ll use Google Contacts — which has now joined the 1 billion download club on the Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories August 12

At the start of this month, a revamped Google Play started appearing on Wear OS. Google today officially announced this Material You redesign of the Play Store and that the ability to install Wear OS apps to your from your phone is rolling out.

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Google Play Store Stories August 9

IMDB TV app now available on Android

Amazon Prime Video might be the premiere video streaming platform from Jeff Bezos megacorp, but the slightly lesser-known IMDB TV that gives free access to selected movies and TV shows is now available on Android via the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories July 30

The Google TV Setup app has quietly arrived on the Play Store, even though it comes pre-installed on devices such as the Chromecast with Google TV.

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Google Play Store Stories July 28

In addition to previewing the “Safety Section,” Google today issued the latest set of Play Policies. One upcoming change will see Google close inactive Play Store developer accounts “after 1 year of dormancy and additional factors.” 

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Back in May, Google announced that all developers in the Play Store will have to fill out a new “safety section” that’s set to appear in app listings next year. Aimed at letting users see what data an application collects and shares, Google provided more details about this new policy today.

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Google Play Store Stories July 26

Google now lists Android’s ‘Data Restore Tool’ on the Play Store

Various background services and applications that don’t show up in the launcher comprise Google’s mobile OS. The Data Restore Tool that lets you restore information when setting up a new Android phone now appears in the Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories July 22

Given the scale that its services operate at, Google is a big user of phased rollouts to catch issues. It also operates beta tests for key apps, and Google is now officially operating a program for Android Auto.

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Nova Launcher 7 with ‘Launcher3’ rewrite arrives on Play Store in public beta

The highly anticipated from-the-ground rewrite of Nova Launcher 7 is now finally available in public beta over on the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories July 19

Gmail Go reaches 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store

The ultra-lightweight Gmail Go has managed to reach an impressive 500 million downloads over on the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories July 16

Last September, Google announced that in one year’s time, all apps distributed through the Play Store would have to use Play Billing for in-app purchases. Following last week’s big antitrust lawsuit, the company announced today that it’s letting developers request an extension for adopting this policy change.

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Google Play Store Stories July 12

On the first day of this year’s Games Developer Conference, Google introduced a handful of Android 12-specific features to improve the gameplay experience, including a game dashboard and the ability to get into titles much faster.

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Google Play Store Stories July 7

In response to the lawsuit filed by attorneys general from 36 states and Washington DC over alleged Play Store antitrust practices, Google has issued a public-facing counter this evening. 

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In the US, Google is already subject to advertising and Search complaints. Several US states are now targeting the Google Play Store in a new antitrust lawsuit.

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Google Play Store Stories July 4

Google is readying a major overhaul of its smartwatch platform and provided an emulator “preview” of the underlying UI changes at I/O 2021. A Wear OS 3.0 redesign of the on-wearable Google Play Store is now beginning to roll out.

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Google Play Store Stories June 29

Google introduced the Android App Bundle format in May of 2018 at I/O as part of its modern development push. The AAB standard will become the default for new applications published to the Play Store this August. 

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Google Play Store Stories June 23

At I/O 2021, Google made a big push for building apps across all the form factors Android is available on. The company is now massively encouraging adoption with the global launch of the Play Media Experience Program to get more apps on Wear OS, Android/Google TV, Auto, and tablets/foldables.

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Google Play Store Stories June 22

Google Maps Go navigates past the 500 million download milestone

The lightweight Google Maps Go client made for Android Go-powered devices has now surpassed the 500 million download milestone on the Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories June 18

The standalone Google Assistant app reaches 500 million Play Store downloads

While the Google Assistant comes pre-installed on what feels like every single product released now, the standalone app has now amassed 500 million downloads on the Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories June 15

[Update: Widely rolled out] Google Play Store gets ‘My Apps’ redesign w/ ‘Overview’ section

After rolling out a redesign to the Play Store that ditched the hamburger menu, Google is testing out yet another major revamp. The Play Store is currently testing a redesigned “My Apps” section that adds an overview page with more information.

Google Play Store Stories June 11

Google Calculator app reaches 1 billion download milestone

After adding up the figures, the Google Calculator app has now surpassed the 1 billion download milestone over on the Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories May 20

Google Gallery Go surges to 100 million Play Store downloads

Designed specifically for low-end hardware as an alternative gallery app, Gallery Go leverages some of the best Google Photos, and it’s proving popular, having surged to the 100 million download milestone over on the Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories May 19

Android may take a note from iOS, show apps on the homescreen during installation

If you’ve ever used an iPhone, you’re probably familiar with how iOS adds homescreen icons for apps before they’ve been fully installed, unlike Android, which adds the icon after installation is complete. Now, though, Google appears to be testing a copy of Apple’s feature.

Wear OS made waves at I/O 2021 with talk of a unified platform in partnership with Samsung, new apps, Fitbit integration, and Android 11 update. However, in the short-term, Google mentioned today that the next Wear OS platform update will be available in the “coming weeks.”

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Google Play Store Stories May 13

YouTube TV reaches 10 million Play Store downloads

Despite some issues with Roku and the streaming platform, YouTube TV appears to be on the up as the standalone application has now hit 10 million Google Play Store downloads.

Google Play Store Stories May 10

Facebook Messenger only 3rd non-Google app to surpass 5 billion Play Store downloads

Facebook Messenger has become only the third non-Google app to reach the 5 billion download milestone on the Google Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories May 6

Here’s how to get back the missing Google Play Store ‘My apps’ shortcut on Pixel

App shortcuts have been a part of Android for the past several years, and the most useful one from Google is arguably for the Play Store “My apps” page. If the shortcut has recently gone missing on your Pixel, there is fortunately a fix for that problem.

With every major OS release, Android has continued to iterate on privacy and security features. Google announced today that the Play Store is adding a “safety section” that all Android applications must fill out to “help people understand the data an app collects or shares.”

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Google Play Store Stories April 29

Google today announced new policies and guidelines for how Android apps can present themselves in the Play Store. This is meant to ensure that end users are not misled by app listings.

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Google Play Store Stories April 28

Google Clock ticks past 1 billion Play Store downloads

Although a long time coming, the Google Clock app has now clocked up a very impressive 1 billion downloads on the Play Store.

Google Play Store Stories April 23

Over the past several years, Google has been working to make Android apps smaller in size by optimizing what code and resources are downloaded to devices. The latest initiative on this front is “App install optimization” in Google Play.

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Google Play Store Stories April 21

Alongside the launch of Android 12 DP3, Google today provided an overview of how the Play Store fought “bad” apps and developers in 2020. 

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Google Play Store Stories April 17

How to install legacy Wear OS apps that no longer appear in the Google Play Store

In recent weeks, Google deprecated the legacy Wear OS app install method for new phone-watch pairings. This means that buyers of new wearables or those that need to reset their devices might not see all the same apps as before. Developers would ideally update and modernize applications to fix this, but end users can still easily install and sideload those Wear OS apps.

Google Play Store Stories April 15

Google has unceremoniously revamped the dedicated Wear OS Play Store landing page giving more prominence to featured apps and watchfaces on the wearable platform.

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Google Play Store Stories April 12

Google told developers that it would deprecate the legacy method for installing Wear OS apps in March. Existing users of the Android-based wearable platform have yet to be impacted, but those setting up new watches or repairing are getting hit by this change.

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Google Play Store Stories April 7

In 2019, the Google Play Store received a Material Theme redesign that was followed by a dark mode. The next major revamp is here and sees new navigation, as well as revamped settings.

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Google Play Store Stories April 5

Google Translate reaches 1 billion Play Store downloads

For years, Google Translate has been one of the better ways to quickly exchange information between two languages. Over the weekend, the Google Translate app for Android reached a whopping 1 billion downloads on the Play Store.

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