Google is unifying its digital entertainment offerings into a single cloud-based destination called Google Play. Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of this new online emporium.
First launched in October 2008 after the first Android smartphone went on sale, the Android Market was primarily a place to download smartphone apps. But with Google adding movie rentals and a streaming music service in 2011, the company now is trying to create a unified, easier to navigate online store that it says will make things better for consumers and content creators alike.
Google Play launches worldwide Tuesday on the Web and over the course of the week for people connecting with Android smartphones and tablets.