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Mar 7, 2012
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Google Play replaces Android Market, your new source for apps, books, movies and music

Heads up Android fans, here's a bit of interesting news for you! Google has just bid goodbye to Android Market and replace d it with Google Play, a platform that has all the goodies of the former while promising to add more soon. Somehow reminds us of the Ovi Store's fate. Check out the preview video below.

As we've mentioned, Google Play has pretty much everything that can be found in the Android Market. This means it gives access to apps (of course), movies, music and ebooks as well. As part of the re-branding, the Android Market app on your smartphone will now be called Google Play Store. Also, Google Music will now be Google Play Music, Google eBookstore will be Google Play Books (might be confused with the BB PlayBook), and, for videos, there's Google Play Movies.

The move looks to be a sign of Google's focus on the cloud as a whole, not just on Android, and the involvement and interaction of desktops, tablets and handsets with each other. It also makes sense that the Big G come up with a new monicker for its vast resource that will give users an idea that it offers tons of different content, more than just apps.

Those who have Android 2.2 FroYo or later will get notifications and updates within the next few days. Right now, it looks like, aside from the new name, there are only minimal changes that can be seen although we're expecting more to come soon. To add to the buzz, Google is also offering promotional "Seven Days to Play" sale that will offer discounts on content on Google Play. However, as of press time, the tab on the site is not available which could mean this is regional.

How are you liking the new name? Is it better than Android Market? Let us know in the poll below.

WORDS BY Neps Firmalan