Although most Android users have never really complained about the site, considering they have the app to use, not everyone using a mobile device has had access to a nicely formatted for mobile Google Play Store. Everyone visiting the site previously from a mobile was met with the desktop version and while that's fine for when you're on a desktop browser, it made for getting around the Play store on a mobile cumbersome.

No more though as Google has now updated the Google Play site to make it more mobile friendly complete with the ability to send apps to your Android device and access the device section of the store, which realistically is likely the most valid reason for finally getting around to adding it -- makes it easier to sell an Android phone, tablet or even a Nest to someone browsing from a BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Phone smartphone.

Source: Google Play via: Android Police

 
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A895 says:

I'm glad that they did it. I can now buy Android phones from my Android phone while looking at AndroidCentral.

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Taz89 says:

Was just about to say does it matter if you have the play store app but yh you just made me realise there's quite a few things you can't do on the app like purchase devices or manage your devices and am sure there may some other things that's only available through the website.

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I'm not complaining about the mobile version of the site but wouldn't it just be better to bring all of the site's functionality to the play store app?

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El Platanero says:

I've never understood why they don't. While I'm looking for apps everything else would be available for me to browse through. I'm sure they would have had more of money by now.

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theShiz says:

Just wish they'd bring back the ability to also uninstall apps from the store. Also would be nice if you could completely delete devices you no longer use from showing in the list.

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tdizzel says:

oro

s_special says:

What's the point?

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wzo says:

I'd assume people who want to to purchase movies, books, etc from iOS devices.

briankurtz79 says:

This is good for people not on android. Remember you can get Google play movies on iOS (my daughter has it on her iPad) but you can't buy anything. You have to purchase from the website without an android device.

Also I have multiple android devices. It's not uncommon to use the web version to browse apps and push them to a different device then the one i'm using

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b_boogey_xl says:

FINALLY!

Impulses says:

It wasn't merely cumbersome before, it was horrible, on a mobile browser the Play store was one of the worst behaving desktop sites. To those asking what does it matter, there's a handful of reasons some may wanna access it from the browser, including buying devices which can't be done from the app. I suffered copiously while trying to order both my Nexus (5 & 7) on the go from the browser.

Finally! That's so nice!

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tsunami1609 says:

Interesting using an iPhone for the article image...

bluesun3030 says:

I hope you read the last sentence of the article.

tsunami1609 says:

Oh I read it all. I'm not saying it doesn't make sense. I still find it interesting.

saltyzip says:

I'm sure Apple insider wouldn't use a windows PC to promote changes to a new iTunes website layout.

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theShiz says:

Yes. Even more interesting is that the pic shows that people who are on an iDevice or something else, can now easily purchase Google Play Movies/ Music /Books and watch/listen/read on their non Android device. Especially since stores like Apple's AppStore do not allow media purchases or links from the app. Now people can simply place a browser shortcut right next to their Google Play icon and easily Chromecast movies also if they have it. In additiom, allows Google to have more platforms to sell on vs Apple with only one.
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lanimul says:

Images don't load on Dolphin browser..

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lucas710 says:

Why not just make the Google play app able to sell products?
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Analyss14 says:

Because that would make too much sense and common sense is something Google, surprisingly, lacks in spades when it comes to app design and functionality.

ACADM says:

Probably because as stated in the article, they want to give mobile access to non Android folk.

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saltyzip says:

They obviously could do both, they would share the same back end catalogue of items. I guess the team responsible for this has other priorities.

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neonworm says:

FINALLY.

mathiasjk says:

Great! Now we can buy Android devices from our Android.

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VAVA Mk2 says:

I have actually wished I could do that before (buy Nexus 5 last year from my phone after announcement on my old GNex)

Sent from my Nexus 5 :-D

Impulses says:

It was possible, as I bought both my Nexus from the Play web store on my previous phone (EVO LTE), it was just very painful as the pop up boxes behaved erratically, zooming in threw everything out of whack, etc.

headhoncho89 says:

It really looks good. Great job Google. Maybe that's why it took so long

L0n3N1nja says:

Full websites are easy to navigate with the spen, I actually prefer some desktop sites over their mobile counter part.

I would assume the biggest reason for the mobile site is for people on ios interested in seeing what Google offers, and those on little handsets like the droid mini

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saltyzip says:

Why doesn't Google allow browsing and purchasing of devices via the play store app, that's what I want to know!

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saltyzip says:

Thinking about it, the answer really is quite obvious to my question. Selling nexus devices via the play store app is likely to rile competing android phone manufacturers, hence its omission. I guess they could perhaps just allow this feature on nexus devices, but no doubt someone would find a way round it.

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