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If you’ve bought an app (or read this site) in the past day or so, you’ll have noticed that the app store formerly known as the Android Market has been rebranded as part of Google Play.

There’s more information in our full review, but here’s the summary: Google’s consolidated the Android Market, the Google eBookstore, and the Google Music shop into one storefront, called Google Play.

Google also announced at GDC that, within 2012, they planned to combine their different game platforms (Google+, Android, Chrome) into a single service, too. Given the name “Google Play” – with no mention of Android and the word “Play” in the title – I think it’s fair to guess that the new game platform will be a part of this as well.

I think it’s a smart and frankly necessary move on Google’s part to rebrand the Android Market under Google’s name; since a number of Android devices do not feature the Market app as default (most notably the Kindle Fire), the old name led to confusion. I’m not so sure that Google Play is the best possible name for it, though: the word “play” suits games, movies, and music, but not apps or books.

I’m also very glad that the old market.android.com links continue to work, as I didn’t fancy changing every single article on the site to match…

What do you think?

Back in February last year, Google made a pretty big step by bringing the Android Market to the web through your browser, aiding the discovery and installation of apps off-device. And at other various points in recent history, the company has introduced music services, as well as accompanying marketplaces for books and movies. They’ve all been available, but as individual services that’s caused one big mess and forever shown how Apple’s simplistic approach has reigned superior.

No longer, as Google has introduced Google Play, tying together the various Google storefronts into one location with shelves for music, movies, apps, games and books. In addition to simply consolidating everything (which is already a major improvement), Google have taken some inspiration from iCloud and enforced an “everything, everywhere” mantra. In this article, we’re going to review Google’s updated service’s web app.

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We’ve heard a lot about Android’s popularity; it’s a machine that’s clearly outpacing its rivals like Apple’s iOS… in market share. It seems that, although Android is super popular and great at attracting customers, it loses support from other parties that are vital to the success of the OS, like developers.

Why does Android have such a hard time winning over developers? More importantly, how can they win over the developers? Well, let’s take a quick look at the state of Android for developers right now. (more…)

Google has done it again: completely revamped the design of their Android Market. Back in the end of 2010 the Market app was given a green theme and some new graphical changes such as the featured carousel, and now Google have drastically altered the design again to make it more user friendly. The updated market is meant to be rolling out over the coming weeks, though there’s an updated APK floating around on the Internet for those who want it right now.

Does the redesign live up to its potential? Read on for a video preview and my impressions!

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The Mac vs PC argument is long-standing and has evolved over the years. However, recent times have introduced a second major battle in the technology industry: Apple vs Google. The platform war has become mobile with most arguments coming down to Android vs iOS.

However, most of the core points on the Android side centre around the OS rather than the applications. Some argue that Android’s open nature is an advantage, while the iPhone defenders mainly look at apps, and how many there are. Both are valid arguments but in the average consumer’s mind, the need for quality applications is a big one. (more…)

It’s no secret to the people who know me that I’m a pretty big advocate of Android as a mobile device platform, whether it be on a tablet or a cell phone. I happen to think Android is better than iOS and will try to steer people towards an Android device — though I’ve recently had to work harder to defend this stance since the iPhone came to Verizon. There are a lot of good things about the iPhone, I’ll admit, but I try to make my case. One of my biggest points is the superiority of the Android Market over the iTunes App Store.

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Google has been real slow in giving Android community the right set of tools to discover, search and install apps. Except for the Market app on the mobile phone, there was no official destination online or a desktop companion like iTunes to make life easy for Android adopters. AppBrain jumped in to fill the void and has since become a trusted source of Android app information and downloads.

A few weeks ago, Google woke from its slumber and showered Android users with a lot of goodies, including a searchable online app store that can even push apps wirelessly to your mobile phone. AppBrain fought back with a bunch of new features. After the break, we’ll take a look at who is the reigning king of the Android app hill.

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Just in case you haven’t heard the news, it’s true. Amazon is creating their own Android marketplace, scheduled to launch later this year, but currently open to developers to start submitting apps.

Read on to find out why there’s a need for a new marketplace and what this could mean for how you find and purchase Android apps.
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One of the things going for Android against iOS is the ability to try applications. You will have to pay for the app before downloading, but you can play with the app for 24 hours and if it is not up to your expectations, simply uninstall the app to get a refund. This refund policy helps users to evaluate the full version of an app instead of a crippled “lite” version.

A few weeks ago, Google revised this app refund window from 24 hours to 15 minutes, stating that most users who request a refund do so within minutes of purchase. After the jump we will be weighing in the pros and cons of this new refund policy.

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