Google's Android Market is dead – long live the Google Play online store. On Tuesday, Google rolled out new branding for its Android Market, focusing on the entertainment content that users can load onto their Android devices and PCs – music, books, and movies – and relegating mobile apps to less-prominent status. Apps will …
yes, but will it be regional free?
while I do have the bandwidth to download and/or stream movies and music, digital store won't sell to me because I currently live in one of those "other" countries.
so will this place be regional free, or once again, to selected countries?
as it is, opening the page in FireFox show me a different site from what the screenshot in the article shows. To me, I only see "My Android App" tap; music, book and movies tabs are missing!
Interestingly, if you go to the website http://play.google.com/about/ and login using the google account you use on your phone, you'll be able to see all the apps installed on your phone ..
well ... almost ..
it shows you all the apps you've EVER installed on your phone, stating they're still installed, even if they aren't !!
So ... an app I installed months ago, and then removed, is still being flagged as Installed on the website.
Come back, Eric Schmidt, all is forgiven
They've screwed up Reader.
They've screwed up Picasa and borged the web side into Google+.
Now this. First it damaged Android Market in a way that I could neuther go forard or back, and had to install it manually from an apk. And now I've got it, it's full of fan-kiddies' crap I don't need.
My next phone will be rooted before it leaves the shop. But I don't need all this effing worry. For the first time in my life, Apple looks like a better option. FTW
This could be bad for Google...
Much time has passed with the 'Android Market' name, it now has value, presence, an identity linked with a concept. I wonder what companies are trying to accomplish when they make these bone-headed decisions. The most (in)famous case I can think of deals with 'Borland Software' renaming themselves to 'Inprise Corporation' in 1998, and then promptly sinking into the swamp of obscurity as the respected and well-known Borland name-brand vanished from the market. Only after being sold to Corel in 2000, was the epically silly 'Inprise' name shredded, replaced with the (by that time) barely remembered 'Borland' in January 2001.
So, what has Google done? Well they've destroyed an identity (marketplace) and replaced it with an activity (Play). A market is a place where one can work OR play, one can find both useful things and recreational activities in a market. Markets are places where you get almost anything. Places of 'Play' are where nothing useful gets done.