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What is the Google Play Store on Android?

The Google Play Store is a distribution platform, mainly digital. A app storealthough not only that- for mobile devices Android, which in addition to apps sells video games in digital format, music, magazines and books, as well as movies and mobile devices, computers, smartphones and others. It has its origin in Android Market, which was only an application and game store for Android devices, but at the beginning of 2012 is when it became Google play.

From Android Market to Google Play Store, why did it change its name?

Before March 2012, Google offered operating system users the Android Market. There, as we mentioned, only applications and games were available. However, from that date it was introduced Google Music as an alternative to iTunes and Spotify, and the Mountain View company renamed the service to Google play. Later, and progressively, other complementary services have been introduced. It was in July 2013 when Google Play Store managed to exceed one million published applications, as well as 50,000 million downloads.

Currently, the Google Play Store has sections for Entertainment, Apps, Movies, Music, Books and Devices. In ‘Entertainment’, actually, the contents of the music, movies and books sections are gathered. And in Devices we can find the Chromecast family of devices, the Google Pixel and also Nest devices. It is also where Stadia, the streaming video game platform, will have its place.

There is not only the Google Play Store for Android users

And although the Google Play Store is the official source of apps for Android, APK files can also be installed from other sources, and over the years there have been those who have proposed alternatives to the Play Store not only for users who do not have the Google Play services but for everyone. Also because there are some applications that do not pass Google’s ‘filters’, and because some developers prefer parallel distribution to the official Google store.