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  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    1,620,979
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 23, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    45,663
  • Platform:
    Android
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Editors' Review

Discover and download apps and games for your Android phone or tablet through the Google Play Store app. The Play Store offers digital entertainment -- including movies, TV shows, books, and music -- that you can watch or listen to on your Android device, Chromecast-connected TV, and Windows PC and Mac.

Pros

Vetted apps: Google uses a combination of in-store and on-device security monitoring to guard against potentially harmful apps. Because of its security efforts, Google said just 0.05 percent of devices that download apps solely from the Play Store have a potentially harmful app.

Free and paid music: Google Play Music holds it own with competing music services such as Spotify and Apple Music and offers free and paid access to personalized playlists and radio stations, podcasts, albums, and individual song tracks. With the ad-based free version, you can skip a handful of songs an hour. A $9.99 monthly subscription gives unlimited skips and an ad-free music stream.

Broad range of movies and shows: Through the Google Play Movies & TV store, you can rent or purchase movies and shows to watch on your phone and computer or to stream to a Chromecast-connect TV. Video is available in either SD or HD formats, and you can choose whether to stream or download videos to your device. Google's video-store experience is on par with Apple's and Amazon's video services.

Family sharing: With the Play Store's Family Library, eligible apps, movies, TV shows, games, and books you purchase are available to as many as five family members.

Store is available via a desktop browser: Along with accessing the Play Store through the Android app, you can shop and manage your store account via a browser. In many ways, the browser version is a better experience, letting you quickly manage your account and view your order history. You can also find and install new apps via a browser, but to check for and install updates, you need to use the mobile app store. (If you can't find the Play Store on your phone, see our guide for how to locate and enable it.)

Cons

Google's limited control over store content: Google is tight on security. But once an app clears that security hurdle, Google appears to lower its standards for what it takes to get into the store. Popular apps attract copycat versions -- with similar names, graphics, and icons -- and locating the original among the fakes can be a challenge.

Google Music falls outside of Family Sharing: Google Play Music is not part of the Google Play family plan. You need a separate $14.99 per month music subscription to share music with five family members.

Bottom line

Google Play is the company's official app store of Android devices as well as a storefront for music, movies, TV shows, ebooks, and magazines. While the store is bursting with Google and third-party apps, the company's hands-off approach to policing copycat apps can at times make sifting out knockoffs a challenge.

 
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General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date October 22, 2008
Date Added September 23, 2008
Version
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,620,979
Downloads Last Week 45,663
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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