Google Adds Google Play

If you’re a Google Chrome user (you’re not? DUDE! Come to the dark side, it’s so much more functional here), you may have noticed today a new little feature in your index toolbar: Google Play.

So what is Google Play? From their about page:

“Google Play is your one-stop shop for all your favorite entertainment. With over 450,000 apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, Google Play has something for everyone. Before you decide what you want, sample a song or book for free, view app ratings, reviews, and screenshots, or watch a movie trailer. Google Play is a more connected, powerful experience.”

Here is where you’ll find it (screenshot):

Google Play is really just a re-branding of the Android Market, but also offers music, movies, and more. To me it looks like a clear imitation of iTunes, as I’m sure Google is trying to get a bite of the Apple Market.

Interestingly enough, some folks feel like Google Play is not necessarily a good thing for developers. Google seems to be more actively enforcing its decency policies, and apps in the Android market that were previously okay are being kicked out of Google Play.

The Google Developer Content Policies explicitly state that apps may not link to content Google deems “Pornography, obscenity, nudity, or sexual activity.”

As the article linked to above notes, though, neither iTunes nor Google Play are the only places to find markets for apps, even those not safe for work or even specifically geared toward adult content.

As someone that doesn’t use Android products, I’m not sure how much I’ll be using the new Google Play market myself. What about you?

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