There's a lot going on at Google Play, and we're here to help get you started
Google is slowly turning into your one-stop place to shop for all your online content. With great music, movies, books and magazines (not to mention 700,000 apps) there's a good chance something you want is there waiting for you. Because it's such a big place, things can get a little complicated.
Don't worry, though. Android Central is here to help. We've assembled a list of featured stories that should help answer all your questions and get you well on your way to discovering all the great content -- and how to best find it and get it on your Android device.
Before we get to the meat, let's talk a few minutes about Google Play and cover some basic settings. Google Play is the big Googly umbrella that covers the Android app store, Play Music, Play Books, Play Magazines and Play Movies and TV. You'll find each of these apps installed individually on your phone or tablet, along with the stand alone Google Play application where you can download and purchase apps and media. Not every service is available in every country, so you might be missing one or more of the items. That's something Google is constantly working on, and we hope all the services roll out across the globe soon.
We're going to cover each of the apps individually below, but there are a few general settings in the Google Play app you'll want to set before you get started.
Open the Google Play application on your phone or tablet, and either with the menu button if your phone has one, or the action overflow indicator (three dots in the upper right) look for the line item that says "Settings" and tap it. You'll be faced with a few things you can set, and most of them are geared towards Android applications. We'll talk about those all in turn, but for now we want to look at the portion labeled "User Controls".
These are global settings for all areas of the store, and you'll want to make sure you have them set the way you like. Under Content filtering you can select whether or not to show apps that may have adult material. Google doesn't allow porn or hate-speech in Google Play, but there are quite a few apps with subject matter you might not be comfortable seeing, or not suitable for the kids. Be sure to set this accordingly.
The next item is marked Password, and having it checked means that you'll need to enter your Google account password to make in-app purchases. This can be pretty important, especially if you let youngsters or a smart phone novice play games on your phone and they aren't aware that these can cost real money. If the box is unchecked, you can make those purchases without having to enter your credentials each time.
Once you have those settings to your liking, you're ready to tackle the Play store. Below you'll find some handy links to walk you through each portion, and some tips to get you headed in the right direction.
Posted by Richard Devine on 30 Nov 2012 5:49 pm
Falcon Pro (Beta) was my weekly app pick last week, and for good reason. Twitter clients aren't in short supply, but with Twitter's new rules, some of the better ones seen recently are starting to wind down development before being fully complete. Not so with Falcon Pro though, as work is now complete, the beta process is over and the app is available for download from the Google Play Store. ...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Nov 2012 1:25 am
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 27 Nov 2012 12:05 am
Chances are this will be fixed quickly enough, but look quick -- every app in Google Play appears to have been reviewed by "A Google User." And here you though you were special.
Our guess? Something's being changed in The Matrix. Only appears to be affecting the web portal at this point.
Posted by Alex Dobie on 26 Nov 2012 10:52 am
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 19 Nov 2012 2:10 pm
There's been a whole lot of talk about Google Music in the recent weeks, as Google has been furiously rolling out features to new countries and signing big content deals to back them up. Play Music went live in several European countries, it's music "matching" service just came to Europe, gapless playback support hit the app and this latest deal is going to bring another 5.5 million tracks from...
Posted by Richard Devine on 19 Nov 2012 9:56 am
So, some of us have our shiny new Nexus 4's in hand now. And, we're enjoying them very much. But, what about the accessories? Well -- in the UK Play Store at least -- the Nexus 4 Bumper is the only new Nexus product currently showing as in stock. You can still order one, and we're promised delivery in 3-5 business days. Great stuff. Or, so you might think.
See, I ordered a Nexus 4 Bumper on...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Nov 2012 1:51 am
Posted by Alex Dobie on 13 Nov 2012 4:46 pm
As you'll know if you tried to pick up a new Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 today, the first round of stock didn't last long, and server load issues made it particularly tricky to get through the ordering process.
In its first statement on the Nexus launch, Google acknowledged that high demand for the new phone and tablet has led to the devices becoming sold out in some territories. At the time of writing,...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 13 Nov 2012 3:12 am
Update: Both Nexus 4 models are already sold out in the EU, less than an hour after going on sale. The Nexus 10 16GB remains available for sale at the time of writing. Google's been having some technical difficulties, as the Play Store grinds to a halt under the demand for orders. In addition, the 3G, 32GB Nexus 7 has also appeared for sale on Google Play today.
We're told to expect Google to...
Posted by Richard Devine on 11 Nov 2012 3:46 pm
This one was borne in our burgeoning Google Nexus 4 forums, and prompted us to do a little digging around in Google's support pages. The OP from forums member jerryberry83 read like this:
Hi can someone help me out ? I will be traveling from Europe to the USA for two weeks at the end of November. Would I be able to buy the Google Nexus 4 from the online store and can I use an international...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 4 Nov 2012 6:58 pm
Most people were pretty caught off guard when Google announced some ridiculously low pricing for the Nexus 4. At $299/$349 in the U.S. and Canada, €299/€349 in Europe and £239/£279 in the U.K. with international availability at launch, it seemed like Google had done everything right this time around.
Posted by Richard Devine on 4 Nov 2012 7:53 am
Phone House suspends Nexus 4 plans after learning LG will be selling the device at a much higher price than Google
Sadly, we're not overly surprised by this news, but it still disappoints us nevertheless. Spanish retailer Phone House -- Spain's answer to the UK's Carphone Warehouse -- has announced via its Facebook page that they're suspending all plans to sell the new LG Nexus 4. The reason?...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 1 Nov 2012 1:28 pm
Updates are now pushing out for two major Google apps on the Google Play Store. First up is Google Chrome, the de facto default browser for Android 4.0 and above. ARM-based devices are updated to Chrome 18.0.1025464, while Intel-based phones like the Motorola RAZR i get version 18.0.1026320. The official Chrome release blog notes important stability fixes for the newly-announced Nexus 4 and...
Posted by Simon Sage on 29 Oct 2012 12:57 pm
Eager to get in on the newly-announced Google Nexus 10? How about the Google Nexus 4? You're in luck! Both the tablet and the phone just popped up in the Google Play store. All you can really do right now is drool at the pictures and specs, or sign up for e-mail updates, but hey, that should keep most of us busy for the rest of the afternoon.
Just in case you need a reminder, the Wi-Fi-only ...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 29 Oct 2012 8:34 am
Google's "Playground" event may have been called off, but it seems some changes to the Google Play Store may be arriving regardless. We're seeing movie purchase options appearing for some Google Play Movies titles here in the UK, though the selection is extremely limited at the moment. Likewise, Ausdroid reports that Google's started rolling out movie purchases in Australia, where previously...
Posted by Sean Brunett on 19 Oct 2012 10:45 am
Orbitz.com, the travel booking site, has released a new app, Hotels by Orbitz. The app is designed for a singular purpose: to help you locate hotels and book them through Orbitz.
With the app, you can search hotels that are closest to your current location or specify a different one if you're planning ahead. Once you see the list of hotels, you can sort by value, price and distance. When trying...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 18 Oct 2012 3:26 pm
Google Play seller support is coming to India, and that's a really big deal. Previously, app developers based in India could only make free apps, obviously limiting their potential. Starting today, Indian developers can submit paid apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions to the Google Play Store. For existing free apps that are already published, developers can simply add in-app purchases while...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 17 Oct 2012 9:26 pm
You want it, you got it. Erm, or you can at least ask for it. Google tonight has turned on Wish Lists in the Google Play Store.
The mechanism is simple. Find something you want in Google Play, and then hit the bookmark button on that page. That adds it to your "Wish List." We don't yet see a way to send that wish list to anyone, or to have anyone other than you pay for it. So basically you're...
Posted by Sean Brunett on 17 Oct 2012 10:24 am
It seems that Google has enabled an option in the web version of the Play Store that allows users to directly buy Google Play credit. If you're in the web version of the Play Store, scroll to the bottom and you'll see an option that reads "Buy Google Play Credit." You can purchase credit in increments of $5, $10, $15, $25 and $50 and it seems that you can only buy the credit for yourself thus...