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peter

March 11th 2012 8:31 pm

Anyone else think "Google Play" is a dumb name for the Android marketplace?

Look, I totally get changing the name away from "Android Market", since it looks like Google would like to have a common marketplace across different platforms, but I don't see the logic in renaming it "Google Play". "Play" doesn't connote a place to go and buy stuff, and while I could see it making some sense for a marketplace for music, movies, and games, it certainly isn't the right word to describe one that encompasses apps and books as well. (For what it's worth, I thought Apple would have stopped calling it the "iTunes Store" years ago and am surprised they've hung on to it.)

I'm not sure why they didn't just rename it "Google Market" or "Google Shop" or whatever, but the funny thing is that -- at least on my phone -- the icon for "Google Play" says "Market" underneath. Not confusing at all.

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bananaoomarang

Better than some recent re-branding attempts *cough* Quikster *cough*
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nitehawk

Agreed. Dumb name for sure.
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captronchron

This comment seems redundant now looking at all the comments below. But , "Play" really just doesn't convey the usefulness of the site. Maybe a better name would have been Google Market.
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TxDot

I agree. Doesn't make a lot of sense.
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jstar198

Yes it is a pretty dumb name. Although so were "Google", "iPad" and many others. Sexy interface, though.
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Riggs67

Or googlemart.
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WeaponII

I'm probably the only person who would go with "Google Shop", rather than "Google Play".
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JVChuy

Does google still offer a shopping service? if so that might have made "Google Shop" a bit confusing. Not that Google Play works for everything. I can't remember the last time I Played a book or a productivity App.
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