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Android Market Becomes Google Play, Offers 49 Cent Apps

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So it turns out that Google Play isn’t going to be the name of the Nexus Tablet after all. Google made the official announcement today that, going forward, Android Market would be known as Google Play, integrating with other Google purchase platforms.

The change in name really doesn’t affect the user experience all that much, because the Android app still looks and works in exactly the same way. The idea is that the content services from Google, like Google Books and Google Music, will be more unified across the various platforms. You can get your entertainment and share it through the cloud.

“Today we’re eliminating all [the] hassle with Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet,” said the official statement from Google. “Google Play is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available to you, and you never have to worry about losing them or moving them again.”

To celebrate the switch, Google has discounted 23 apps and games in the new Google Play to just 49 cents. These include World of Goo, Osmos HD, TuneIn Radio Pro, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, NOVA 2, Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, SwitftKey X Keyboard, and Pocket League Story, among others.

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