Welcome Google Play.

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If your phone uses Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above, you might have noticed something different recently. Google has introduced Google Play: a new home for all Google’s online goodies, from apps to e-books, movies and games.

As part of this launch, Android Market will become part of Google Play, so if you’ve got an Android phone, you’ll now get your apps from Google Play.

 

An automatic update for all devices.

Luckily, there's no need to do anything to update your phone or tablet. Your Android Market app icon will automatically become the Google Play store icon next time you open it. For the movies and books apps, you’ll begin to see Google Play versions of these as well, called ‘Play Books’ and ‘Play Movies.’

It may take a bit of getting used to, but as long as you remember the new name, that’s all you’ll need to do. All the apps, movies, and everything else you’ve downloaded will all still be there.

Cloud-based storage for access anywhere, from any device.

One of the key things about the new Google Play service is that all your accounts are linked. Your information is stored ‘in the cloud’ rather than on one particular device, such as your phone.

So, for example, if you’ve linked your smartphone with your Google account, you’ll be able to download an app from the Google Play store on your computer and it’ll be available instantly on your phone and tablet too.

All the movies, books and apps you’ve downloaded will be stored online, always available to you, and you never have to worry about losing them or moving them again.