Google has announced that it is rebranding the Android Market to Google Play. What this means is that the ‘Market’ app on your Sony Xperia smartphone will soon change its name and icon to ‘Play Shop’. Depending on your region you will also see apps for Google’s other services including ‘Play Books’, ‘Play Movies’ and ‘Play Music’.
When the announcement came out yesterday we struggled to understand the reasons behind the move, for us it is difficult to remove the connotations around gaming surrounding the new ‘Play’ moniker. The rollout of the new Market app should be commencing as we speak, but if you can’t wait for it to appear on your handset then just follow the instructions below.
Instructions to download the Google Play app
Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Market. Then hit ‘Clear cache’. Now try and launch the Android Market, it should ask you to re-accept the new terms and conditions and following that it will download the new Play Shop.
Google Play content depending on location
United States: Play Shop, Play Books, Play Movies, Play Music
UK & Canada: Play Shop, Play Books, Play Movies
Australia: Play Shop, Play Books
Japan: Play Shop, Play Movies
Rest of World: Play Shop