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Google Play celebrates its own 1st birthday

Posted: , by Michael H.


Google Play celebrates its own 1st birthday
One year ago, Google flipped the switch and rebranded the Android Market to the Google Play Store. We all had a bit of fun with the name, but the service has turned out to be pretty amazing. And now, Google is having a bit of a party to celebrate the Play Store's 1st birthday with some deals. Unfortunately, it seems that the longer the Play Store is around, the less interesting the sales get. 

Early on, when Google had to convince us that the Play Store was worth our time, we got apps and games for 10 cents. There were sales where content was just 25 cents, or full albums for just $2. But recently, the sales have offered more in terms of in-app benefits (which are useless if you don't use the app), free single music tracks, and maybe a free book (that may or may not technically be on sale). 

This time around, there are some okay in-app offers (if you use the apps). Fancy will give you $15 towards a purchase, Hotel.com gets you 10% off, Gyft will double its usual offer and give you a $20 gift card, then there are specials for Royal Revolt, Gnome Village, and Yumby Smash. As far as music, you can get Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground, or All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem for free. Kung Fu Panda is half off, the pilot of Breaking Bad is free, and the one book available is A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice, which is free.

source: Google Play

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posted on 05 Mar 2013, 20:16 17

1. mydi.maus (unregistered)

happy birthday PLAY STORE!...

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 20:48 1

2. caustictoast (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

This is first of all a weak sale at best. Secondly getting rid of the Android Market was a huge hit for the Android Brand as a whole. Plus the name "Play Store" is stupid considering it has things other than for Play. Not an iOS fan at all but at least Apple does it right with the App Store. Classy name and sales that mean something.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 21:24 9

3. nikenturd (unregistered)

Yeah right, YOU are definitely not an iOS fan.....you sound more like a rabid isheep to me... classy? lmao

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 21:38

5. caustictoast (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

I have a Nexus 4 and a Transformer Prime. My last 2 phones before this one were Android. I will always prefer the ability to do what I want with Android. I just prefer the branding of the app store to the Play Store.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 21:32 1

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 8887; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

I agree. Play Store seems too corny. They should have left it as the Android Market. At least the name makes sense.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 22:31 2

8. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Im not a huge Android fan but I for one enjoyed the change. The Play Store seems far easier on the eyes. The name "Android Market" was bland at best. Changing it was a very good idea.

I still get a laugh when someone buys an older Android model (usually on prepaid) that still has the Android Market on it due to no updates yet ^_^

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 23:25 1

9. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

How surprising. Mxyzptik thinks Google did something wrong.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 23:30 1

11. SuperNexus (Posts: 126; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

Mxyzptlk way of thinking - "Only Apple do right and Whole Universe do wrong."

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 23:39 1

12. SuperNexus (Posts: 126; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

One more thing

Why Apple use Appstore name, they can use iStore name. it make more sense, isn't it.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 22:29 3

7. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

The only things that you dont "play" are books and magazines...so the name is still pretty much valid....plus, who the hell cares??

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 23:27 1

10. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

The name is fine.

It seems like people find new things to complain about everyday.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 10:36

15. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 879; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Android fan and completely agree with causti. It's a stupid name and I said it from day 1. It sounds like the Android store is affiliated with playstation. Plus the sale does suck compared the 10 cent and 25 cent sales of not so long ago. I used to buy every single app they offered during those sales just cause of how cheap it was. Now it seems like a sponsored sale.

Blindly calling someone an isheep merely cause they have an opinion makes you worse than isheep because you are also a hypocrite.

posted on 05 Mar 2013, 22:12 6

6. SuperNexus (Posts: 126; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

Party!....We need Party!

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 03:48

13. wando77 (Posts: 722; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

'App market' would have worked

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 07:59 1

14. McLaren (unregistered)

Mxyxptlk:He's not human,so calling he 'it'
It is the most stupid person on Earth.Concluded that after reading his,sorry its,comment on the 'Unlocking phones petition' news on PA!!!!!

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