What is Google Play Store?
Founded, operated and developed by the Phenomenon that is Google, Google Play is a Digital Distribution Service or Content Delivery Service that distributes media content like audio, video, software and video games. The medium is, of course, the internet and Google Play Store is one of Google Play’s divisions. It was originally released in the Android Market on October 22, 2008, and later on March 6, 2012, it became a division of Google Play. It works on platforms like Android, Chrome OS, iOS, the web, and Roku. In iOS and the web, it excludes some applications while on Roku the user can only watch movies. Since Android and Chrome OS belong to Google, they cater and offer all applications to the users. Google Play is also the official application store for the Android Operating System and it allows users to browse and download apps developed using the Android SDK and are published through Google. Google play is also a digital media store, where it offers music, books, magazines and TV Programs. Previously, it also offered Google Hardware devices for users to purchase. But on March 11, 2015, Google introduced their very own, exclusive online hardware store known as Google Store where these type of purchases can be made.
The Google Play brand consists of:
- Google Play Music
- Google Play Books
- Google Play Newsstand
- Google Play Movies & TV
- Google Play Games
Google’s official pre-installed app on Android trademarked devices is called Play Store. It provides access to content on the Google Play Store. It allows all its users to download and browse music, television programs, movies, books, magazines, and other applications. When Google Play came into the Android Market App on March 6, 2012, it was upgraded as the Play Store app. Play Store usually and very carefully filters a long list of apps to compatible devices of its users. If in certain cases, a user faces restrictions to choose applications because developers have an agreement that certain apps cannot be accessible to certain countries, then nothing can really be done.
Google Play Store Download
While downloading the Google Play Store app, the user must first check out what version if their Android phone. Downloading Play Store these days is not really a process since all Android phones come with their own inbuilt Play Store Apps. But for any other circumstances, the user can follow these simple steps to do the same.
The user must first go to the Settings Tab on their phone and click on the About Phone Section. Over here, the user must then find the version of the Android Application. If it is and beyond the version of Android 2.3, then the phone has the eligibility to download the Google Play Store. Any version older than Android 2.3 will not support the device. For such cases, the user can download the Free app that is available for installation through the APK file. Many Online sites provide with different versions of Google Play Store and that includes even the most recent version as well. But the user, however, has to make sure that he or she visits the right website before blindly trusting it and downloading the app. Some of these websites will be infected by a virus that can cause severe damages to the device that is being used to download.
Android Package Files are where all Play Store apps contain themselves as. Usually, a user’s device’s PackageManagerService is the one that installs all application and not the Play Store. This package manager will not be visible to the user if he or she downloads an Android Package File or an APK File directly into their device. The Phone’s internal storage is where the apps are usually installed into, and installation can also happen into the device’s external storage cards under certain circumstances.
How to do Application Settings on Google Play Store?
For Google Play Store Application Settings, a user must visit the setting bar once he or she acquires the Google Play Store APK (Android Package File) File. Over there, the user will find a tab called the ‘Unknown Sources’ tab and he or she will then have to enable that particular tab to install any type of APK File on their smartphone. The user can disable the tab after he or she is done with the Google Play Store Download installation. This will keep the device safe from any type of future or upcoming threats. Then after the installation, the user will have to open the Google Play Store downloaded file and follow instructions in a step by step process. As mentioned earlier, it is extremely important that the user has downloaded the APK File from an authentic site only. Authentication of sites can be secured based on user reviews on the sites and based on the reviews the user can decide whether the website is safe or not.
Google Play Store offers a plethora of different things to download to its user. It is like a paradise of all the nice things on the web and an Android user benefits the most from this app. The user can download and play his or her favorite game, watch his or her favorite movie, listen to amazing music, read great books and magazines etc. Google Play Store also has a video calling application, a chatting application, gaming applications and so many others that the user can make use of. If an application is hidden or is not available (This may usually happen in newly purchased smartphones) then the user can visit the Application Tab and check that problem out or just relaunch the app.
Google Play Store Update
Google has very recently introduced a brand new version of the Play Store with many additional features in it. Google has claimed that many users have already downloaded the Play Store and loving the new apps.
To download the latest version, the user must first check what is the version of their OS. The same process mentioned previously must be applied here too. Settings-About Phone-Version of Android. Just like before, a version older than Android 2.3 will not be compatible with the new version of the Play Station. Then the user must download the APK File from a link provided on the Google website and then he or she must pass the file through a USB cable or some other method. The user can also just directly download the application from his or her smartphone. The user must first click on the ‘Allow to install apps from unknown sources’ option for the transfer to be made under the Settings-Security section. The user can then proceed with the download and installation process and access the new Google Play Store features.
Google Play Store Compatibility
Since the Play Store app is not an open source (Only available with a license which the copyright holder provides), only Android devices that act in accordance with Google’s compatibility requirements may install and access the Google’s closed source Play Store app. A licensing agreement with Google must be made otherwise. Earlier, the major requirements for compatibility were 3G or 4G cellular data connectivity. It ruled out the Android-based devices that were compared to iPod Touch by Apple. However, with the release of Samsung Galaxy Player in 2011, the mentioned requirement was relaxed.
Amazon Kindle Fire which is a Tablet Computer does not provide access to Google Play. Instead, it uses their own manufacturer’s mobile content distribution service. Some owners, to access Google Play and to load applications, use Android rooting and sideloading respectively. Nook HD, a tablet that belongs to Barnes and Noble was updated in July 2013 and Google Play Store was added to it as one of the applications.
Google Play Store Account
A user can create a Google Play Store account by providing their email ID (Preferably Gmail ID) and begin accessing the Play Store. Having an account will give them immense access to all the apps available on the store.
Google Play Services
With the help of Google Play services, a user’s app can make use of the latest, Google exclusive features such as Maps, Google+, and much more. This can be done with the help of the automatic platform updates which are distributed as APK files through the Google Play store. This process makes it faster for the users to receive updates and easier for them to integrate the latest goodies that Google has to offer.
The Google Play services that are distributed as APK files contains the individual Google services and are run as a background service in the Android operating system. The user can interact with this background service via the customer library and the service will then carry out the actions on the user’s behalf. In order to gain access to each of the Google services, an easy to use authorization flow has been provided that will provide consistency for all the users.
Google Play services will give the user the freedom to utilize the newest APIs for popular Google services. They can do all of this without worrying about device support and so on. Google Play Store automatically gets updates on Google Play Services and the new versions of the client or customer library are delivered via the Android SDK Manager.