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 27 Aug 2012 3:28 am
Good news lands this morning of expanded European availability of the Google Nexus 7. The Asus made tablet is now available from Google Play in France, Germany and Spain. This is the first market expansion we've seen from the device since its initial launch in July, and while it may have taken some time, the end result is what's important.
Pricing is set to match UK prices, so the two variants...
Posted by Sean Brunett on 22 Aug 2012 8:23 pm
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Aug 2012 11:02 pm
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Aug 2012 11:13 pm
Super Turtleman asks in the Android forums,
My kids are getting to the age where they're about to start having Android devices. I'd like to create a master account I can have on my phone (separate from my current google account) that I can use to download apps onto my kid's devices. Is there a simple way to do this? Can I have two different google accounts on one device and have them not...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Aug 2012 6:24 pm
You're probably seeing a bit of news that the delta updates for Play store applications that Google talked about at I/O 2012 have went live today. Coders, web developers, and Android geeks love this sort of thing, but I'll imagine quite a few of you are asking yourself what these new delta updates mean for me, and do I need to do anything or worry about it? Let's try to answer that.
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 16 Aug 2012 9:00 am
Posted by Alex Dobie on 16 Aug 2012 5:35 am
Gift cards for the Google Play Store have been a much-requested feature for the service, and now it seems Google may be preparing to launch them. The Play Store APK (application file) was recently updated to version 3.8.15.
After finding that the new version was a few kilobytes heavier, the guys at Android Police decided to decode the APK and start digging around, and they uncovered a wealth of...
Posted by Alex Dobie on 1 Aug 2012 7:08 pm
For the first time since the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the official Gmail app for Android has been updated. The new version is available right now through the Google Play Store, so head to the "My Apps" tab to get yourself up-to-date.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 1 Aug 2012 1:38 am
Posted by Richard Devine on 29 Jul 2012 1:39 pm
We heard earlier in the week about the success the guys at Shifty Jelly have had since the launch of the Nexus 7, but, it seems they're not alone. Mobelux, the developers of the Instapaper app for Android, has shared some of their own numbers. And, much like Shifty Jelly, there has been a definite increase in download numbers since the launch of the Nexus 7.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Jul 2012 6:09 pm
The official cover for the Google Nexus 7 is an elusive beast. As soon as they became available for order, they sold out, and chances are nobody you know got one. The lucky folks that did get their hands on one seem to be enjoying it, and don't have to worry about the back of their new precious getting all scuffed up or the glass getting scratched in a backpack or bag. The good news is that they...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Jul 2012 11:05 pm
Application developers at Shifty Jelly have taken to Twitter to let us all know that they have doubled their Android app sales since the release of the Nexus 7 and Google's $25 Play Store credit. The developers of the popular Pocket Casts podcast app and down under weather app Pocket Weather Australia are clearly seeing the benefit of Google selling the Nexus 7 at cost with Play Store credit as...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Jul 2012 5:14 pm
Google has changed the availability status of the Nexus Q from "coming soon" to "in stock" (completely passing over the OMFGWTFBBQ stage we saw with the Nexus 7 models), with the qualifier that the device will be shipping out in three to five business days. With that said, we still haven't received any shipping notice about the Q we have on order, so we're still a little leery of any claims with...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 18 Jul 2012 5:17 pm
Google Music has received a pretty major UI overhaul, which brings the interface on previous phones and tablets up to par with the version that ships with the Nexus 7. In short -- it's a great update. The Music app now has the same feeling that the Google+ app has, with plenty of big images and the trademark Google app look. The change log:
Posted by Richard Devine on 18 Jul 2012 12:33 pm
The slow, global march of new markets receiving Google Play content continues. This time up, it's the turn of France, where as of today, Books are available to download from Google Play.
In countries where Google Play content has been available for some time, we often take it for granted. But, if the Nexus 7 is to be a truly, globally loved device, then the content has to be there. For some it...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Jul 2012 7:52 pm
Google has updated their Google Play support page for questions about Nexus 7 order and delivery, and have given some solid shipping dates. All orders placed before July 13 will be processed and shipped "soon". Here's the breakdown for orders from the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia:
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Jul 2012 5:21 pm
We've seen the availability of the Nexus 7 go from 'coming soon', to 2-3 weeks, then 3-5 weeks, but now a quick look at the ordering page for the 8GB Nexus 7 shows you it's sitting in stock, and will be delivered in 3-5 business days. Android fans in the US have been a bit rabid about not getting their tablets when they expected to get them, but demand has seemingly outweighed availability and...
Posted by Richard Devine on 17 Jul 2012 4:24 am
What a pleasant way to start the day. Looks like Google is now starting to ship out pre-orders for the Nexus 7 over here in the UK. Received this morning just before 2am, came my own shipping notice from Google Play confirming that my shiny new Nexus 7 has been shipped.
By my reckoning, it should be arriving on Thursday -- 2 day shipping in mind -- which would sit with the original July 19 date...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Jul 2012 6:26 pm