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 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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