Its time to call the very popular Android Market by a new name – “Google Play”. Ever since its inception, the Android Market has grown significantly and has gone through several changes over the past one year.

What basically started off as a standalone app store, today allows users to not only purchase apps but also music, movies, books, etc. This basically gives a picture that Google finally decided to move to a bigger picture – from just Android to the cloud as a whole.

Considering that Google has actually turned the app store into a digital media hub, it seems the name change is actually a wise thing to do. It will definitely draw a lot more people who were probably being left out because of the constant Android-branding. So basically the media ecosystem that they’ve created isn’t just meant for  Android devices, but for users of all stripes.

The Official Google Blog reports:

With Google Play you can:

  • Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
  • Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
  • Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
  • Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles

Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. But it comes with country restrictions. Read more on the Official Google Blog.

Meanwhile, check out a glimpse of Google Play:

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