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Google Play celebrates its second birthday with improved game support

Offers a free Miley Cyrus album for masochists
Thu Mar 06 2014, 13:52

ONLINE STORE Google Play marks its second birthday today with trinkets and baubles for users.

Google launched its Play store to supercede the Android Market, adding music and video downloads, and more recently magazine subscriptions and ebooks.

So far, in territories with timezones ahead of the UK, there are reductions across the store, however so far we've only been able to find the 'opportunity' to buy a Miley Cyrus' album for 99p, so either Google really hates us or the good stuff is yet to come.

Elsewhere however, Google Play Games, the belatedly added platform for gamers, has introduced deep social integration allowing you to see who is playing what game while issuing and accepting challenges to play against them or join team games.

It still has a long way to go to compete with game consoles, not least because it does not offer opportunities to save your game progress to the cloud, something that could easily be integrated with Google Drive in the future.

At present, Google Play treats games as "apps" and "games" meaning that they appear twice in the app section of the store, so Google Play Games is a way of keeping your virtual military exploits in one handy place.

Google plans to increase the number of categories in the Play Store, but has not announced when it will do this.

Last month, Google Play Newsstand replaced Google Currents, completing Google's plan to bring all elements of its store under the Play banner. µ


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