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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 Stories March 24

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Google Play Stories March 6

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Five years ago today, Google launched the Play Store, a new home for buying apps on Android. Along with apps, it also sells books, movies, and TV shows, and has become one of the most popular places for obtaining content on the web today.

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Google Play Stories February 28

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Google Play Stories February 23

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One of the perks of buying apps on Google Play is easy access to quick refunds. If you download a paid app and quickly decide you don’t like it, you’ve got 2 hours to immediately refund the purchase. If you need a bit longer to make a decision, there’s also an easy window to apply for a refund within 48 hours. However, not everyone realizes you can still get a refund outside of that window…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

Google Play Stories January 17

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Google Play Stories December 27, 2016

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Google usually works with developers toward the end of each year to offer some big app/game discounts, and this year is no different. Google has several big name games on sale for up to 80% off, but there are sales on several other games through the Play Store as well, including a couple which are notably cheaper than the rest…

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