THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: All you netizens hooked to googling, here’s something more coming your way. Noticed any changes on Google’s navigation bar, which appears atop the search giant’s home page? It’s unlikely you would have missed the latest ‘Play’ link on Google nav bar with ‘NEW’ in eye-grabbing red cap.
Google Play, which made its official debut on Tuesday, March 27, gives the users the opportunity to access one’s favourite music, books, movies, apps, and games in one place. It will be accessible from the Web and any Android device. With over 4,50,000 apps, Google Play has something for everyone.
The digital store, which was previously known as Android Market, will gain many new shoppers with the new and improved visibility. In ‘Play’, one also has the option to sample a song or book for free, view app ratings, reviews, and screenshots, or watch a movie trailer before deciding what one wants.
The new digital entertainment service is entirely cloud-based. Now all music, movies, books and apps can be stored online. There is no worry of losing the data. Buy a book and read it on the web at play.google.com. Buy a new album on the Android tablet and listen to it on desktop at work. Rent a movie online and watch it anywhere.
That’s the beauty of the cloud. One can read, listen and watch all of one’s favourite content anywhere one wants. ‘Play’ requires no software and no wires or syncing. And the best part of Google Play cloud is, it is free to use.
Another advantage of ‘Play’ is, one can share a beautiful song, a page turning book or an amazing movie with our friends. On Google Play, one can easily share posts about our favourite books, music, movies, games or apps to the circles on Google+, e-mail, or text message in a single click.
As Google will be watching what music one listens to, the Google Play Store will send personalised recommendations on what music to buy. The music once chosen will be automatically stored in Google Play music library and instantly ready to play on the computer, Android phone or tablet. One can add up to 20,000 songs for free. Google Play’s eBooks section offers books ranging from thrillers to comedy, cookbooks, best-selling fiction, and everything in between with over 4 million books to choose from, including millions of free titles.
Looking for new apps has also been made easier with staff picks, hand-picked items of the editorial team displayed in large. One can also read reviews and ratings from other app and games users.