Google Play

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Google Play (previously Android Market) is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google LLC. It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google.wikipedia
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Google Play Books

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The services included in the Google Play are Google Play Books, Google Play Games, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music.
Users can purchase and download ebooks and audiobooks from Google Play, which offers over five million titles, with Google claiming it to be the "largest ebooks collection in the world".

Mobile app

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They can be downloaded directly on an Android device through the Play Store mobile app or by deploying the application to a device from the Google Play website. The service was introduced at the Google I/O 2013 Developer Conference, and the standalone mobile app was launched on July 24, 2013.
Apps are generally downloaded from application distribution platforms which are operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store.

Google Play Movies & TV

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The services included in the Google Play are Google Play Books, Google Play Games, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music.
Content can be watched on the Google Play website, through an extension for the Google Chrome web browser, or through the mobile app available for Android and iOS devices.

Google Store

It previously offered Google hardware devices for purchase until the introduction of a separate online hardware retailer, Google Store, on March 11, 2015, and it also offered news publications and magazines before the revamp of Google News in May 15, 2018.
It was introduced on March 11, 2015, and replaced the Devices section of Google Play as Google's hardware retailer.

Google Play Music

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The services included in the Google Play are Google Play Books, Google Play Games, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music.
Users can purchase additional tracks for their library through the music store section of Google Play.

Android (operating system)

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It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google. In May 2016, it was announced that the Google Play Store, including all Android apps, would be coming to Chrome OS in September 2016.
Android is also associated with a suite of proprietary software developed by Google, called Google Mobile Services (GMS) that very frequently comes pre-installed in devices, which usually includes the Google Chrome web browser and Google Search and always includes core apps for services such as Gmail, as well as the application store and digital distribution platform Google Play, and associated development platform.

Chrome OS

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In May 2016, it was announced that the Google Play Store, including all Android apps, would be coming to Chrome OS in September 2016.
Android applications started to become available for the operating system in 2014, and in 2016, access to Android apps in the entire Google Play Store was introduced on supported Chrome OS devices.

Chromebook

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Google Play, before March 2015, had a Devices section for users to purchase Google Nexus devices, Chromebooks, Chromecasts, other Google-branded hardware, and accessories.
In May 2016, Google announced it would make Android apps available on Chromebooks via the Google Play application distribution platform.

Google I/O

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The service was introduced at the Google I/O 2013 Developer Conference, and the standalone mobile app was launched on July 24, 2013.

Android software development

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It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google.
The emulator supports installation of Google Play through a drag-and-drop interface.

Android Nougat

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Developers can target specific hardware components (such as compass), software components (such as widget), and Android versions (such as 7.0 Nougat).
, 28.2% of devices that access Google Play run Nougat, with 18.1% on Android 7.0 (API 24) and 10.1% on Android 7.1 (API 25), making Nougat the most widely used codename Android, while Android 6.0 Marshmallow (API 23) is more popular than either of those Nougat versions.

PayPal

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Google allows users to purchase content with credit or debit cards, carrier billing, gift cards, or through PayPal.
The PayPal app is available online or at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Wear OS

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Apps meeting specific usability requirements can qualify as a Wear OS app.

Amazon Appstore

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Examples include Amazon opting for Amazon Appstore instead of Google Play for its Kindle Fire tablet computers, and Samsung adding Galaxy Apps for its line of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
The tablet, designed for media consumption in the Amazon ecosystem, relies solely on the Amazon Appstore for its marketplace, eschewing Google Play.

Google News & Weather

In May 15, 2018, the mobile app merged with Google News & Weather to form Google News.
News & Weather had been on stock Android devices for a long time, but it was only on August 26, 2014, that it was revamped into a modern application and released to the Google Play Store.

Google Nexus

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Google Play, before March 2015, had a Devices section for users to purchase Google Nexus devices, Chromebooks, Chromecasts, other Google-branded hardware, and accessories.
It was made available on July 26, 2013 at select retailers and on the Google Play store in the United States.

Video on demand

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Google Play Movies & TV is a video on demand service offering movies and television shows available for purchase or rental, depending on availability.
Examples of TVOD services include Apple iTunes online store and Google Play service.

Chromecast

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Google Play, before March 2015, had a Devices section for users to purchase Google Nexus devices, Chromebooks, Chromecasts, other Google-branded hardware, and accessories.
The device quickly sold out on Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and Google Play, and within 24 hours, the Netflix promotion was ended because of high demand.

Android Jelly Bean

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As a result, Android 4.2 and 4.3 "Jelly Bean" contained relatively fewer user-facing changes, focusing more on minor changes and platform improvements.
Alongside Android 4.1, Google also began to decouple APIs for its services on Android into a new system-level component known as Google Play Services, serviced through Google Play Store.

Grooveshark

In April 2011, Google removed the Grooveshark app from the store due to unspecified policy violations.
However, Grooveshark was available in alternative app stores, such as Cydia, Google Play and BlackBerry World.

Android Marshmallow

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Apps that exempt themselves from power management policies introduced on Android Marshmallow without being "adversely affected" by them, are banned.
, 21.3% of devices accessing Google Play run Android 6.0.

Android application package

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Play Store applications are self-contained Android Package files (APK), similar to .exe files to install programs on Microsoft Windows computers.
When a user downloads and installs an Android application, from either an official source (such as the Google Play Store), or from an unofficial site, they are installing an APK file on to their device.

Entertainment Software Rating Board

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At the same time, it began rolling out a new age-based ratings system for apps and games, based on a given region's official ratings authority (for example, ESRB in the US).
Google Play Store was updated in March 2015 to adopt and display ESRB ratings for apps in North America through IARC.

App store

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It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google.
The popularity of Apple's App Store led to the rise of the generic term "app store", as well as the introduction of equivalent marketplaces by competing mobile operating systems: the Android Market (later renamed to Google Play) launched alongside the release of the first Android smartphone (the HTC Dream) in September 2008, BlackBerry's App World launched in April 2009, as well as Nokia's Ovi Store and Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile both launching that year too.

Tablet computer

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Examples include Amazon opting for Amazon Appstore instead of Google Play for its Kindle Fire tablet computers, and Samsung adding Galaxy Apps for its line of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
It runs Android games purchased from Google Play store.