Google’s Director of Digital Content Jamie Rosenberg announced Google Play in Google Official Blog. Google Play (play.google.com) is the unify of Google products and services such as Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore.
Google Play is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available to you, and doesn’t need to worry about losing them or moving them. In another word, it is Google version of Apple iTunes.
According to Google Official Blog, 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
However, only limited countries will able to enjoy all or more than one services, as below:
U.S.: music, movies, books & android apps
Canada: movies, books & android apps
UK: movies, books & android apps
Australia: books, & android apps
Japan: movies, & Android apps
Malaysia & Others: only android apps
If the service is not available in your country, a page as image above will be display. In Malaysia, we are only able to access Google Play “Apps and Games” Store.
For those outside U.S., you can read this article from Business Insider to get the Big picture of Google Play: Google Just Killed The Android Market, Here’s What You’ll Get Instead
The address of https://market.android.com will be redirect to https://play.google.com/store. Currently it is basically the same, except for the change of Google Play Logo on site’s top left. Google also seems like pushing previous logo away and emphasize on new logo.
Google Play Icons
Google are releasing the Google Play Brand Assets, Icons, and Guidelines at this page: Branding Guidelines.
New logos such as “Get it on Google Play” and “Android App on Google Play” are available to download in different size. It can be use use on your web site and promotional materials, to point to your products on Google Play. To download the new Google Play Icon, click here: http://www.android.com/developers/branding.html#google_play