Google Play Store

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Google Play Store
Google Play Store.png
a.k.a.: Android Market (before Android 2.3)
Type of site: Mobile application store
Language: Multilanguage
Created by: Google
Owner: Google
Date of launch: October 22, 2008
Status: Active


Google Play (formerly Android Market before Android 2.3 Gingerbread) is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google. It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google. Google Play also serves as a digital media store, offering music, magazines, books, movies, and television programs. It previously offered Google hardware devices for purchase until the introduction of a separate online hardware retailer, Google Store, on March 11, 2015.

How It Works

Applications are available through Google Play either free of charge or at a cost. They can be downloaded directly on an Android device through the Play Store mobile app or by deploying the application to a device from the Google Play website. Applications exploiting hardware capabilities of a device can be targeted to users of devices with specific hardware components, such as a motion sensor (for motion-dependent games) or a front-facing camera (for online video calling). The Google Play store had over 82 billion app downloads in 2016 and has reached over 2.7 million apps published in 2017.

Why It's Rotten

  1. No quality control whatsoever. Literally anything that has pornographic or Nazi-related content can be published on here.
    • However, some games like Postal were rejected due to "gratuitous violence", despite games like Carmageddon, several Grand Theft Auto games/clones, and various zombie games like Dead Trigger being allowed on the store with similarly violent content. As a result, the only way to legitimately obtain the Android port of Postal is through Amazon's app store.
  2. Since quality control doesn't exist, there's more than 1,000,000+ shovelware games, poor rip-offs of other games, useless "game instruction" apps, and even viruses disguised as games on the Google Play Store.
    • Even recent research proves that the most malware and unwanted apps comes from Google Play!
  3. There are some apps that can break your phone even if your device isn't rooted, due to the lack of quality control.
  4. The ratings system is very easy to exploit. Many developers used bots to write positive reviews about the game without any negative repercussions whatsoever. Usually you can notice this if there's a huge discretion in the ratings system (the highest being 5* and the second highest being 1*). Sometimes, the 5* reviews are simply copypastas with very poor grammar.
  5. Horrible customer service, most developers only have a bot which gives you the support e-mail address when you're having a complaint which isn't about how it works (say, too much ads).
  6. Sometimes, if you have to update an app, the Play Store will force you to remove a considerable amount of data to free up space, even is the update file in question is not big enough to completely fill the available storage space, usually 500 MB or more. This makes that big games like Hearthstone required more free space than usual when the downloaded data couldn't be transferred to a microSD/miniSD card.
  7. Tons of games (especially Japanese games like Granblue Fantasy and SINoALICE) are region locked and are only accessible out-of-region through external services like Qooapp.
  8. It also came with Google Play Games, a service that had features to share your achievements and your game stats with others. However, instead of sharing your in-game stats with the rest of the world, it only shared for your friends in Google+ (which has since shut down for non G Suite accounts as of April 2019), making it pretty much pointless since nobody used that. The level system also doesn't give you any rewards, making it as pointless as the share function.
  9. Also, Google Play Games is required to be installed in order to play certain games, even if you're playing offline games. It also takes 100MB+ of your phone space, even though it barely does anything.
  10. These reasons are, unsurprisingly enough, why some people stay away from Android in general or lie about using Android unironically. However, despite this, that doesn't mean Android is a bad platform, especially since phones running Android continue to outsell iPhones.
  11. A controversy started in the wake of Fortnite's Android release where people made fake versions of the app that don't do anything at best or potentially damage your device at worst. Those events stopped when the Fortnite Beta for Android went live, but a new scam started in the wake of the Legendary Galaxy skin that is only obtainable for Galaxy Note 9 users. This shows that Android devices are more vulnerable than iOS devices (mainly due to the fact that iOS devices are less popular and slightly less-prone to malware because of general interest).
  12. The refund service is very horrible, because of that the refunds you send don't work, even worse, trying to reason your refund still doesn't work and it says "Hi, We received your refund request of {spent money} for {in-game resources}, {transaction ID}, but we can't provide a refund for this purchase because it doesn't meet with our policy" as an excuse of trying to refund.
  13. Newer Android versions (usually Versions 8 - 11) auto install some games, you probably didn't want to install. They are still installed, even if the phone was turned off.
  14. The music store shut down on October 12, 2020, though users could still transfer their libraries to YouTube Music.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It still has some good games and apps if you look hard enough through all the garbage.
  2. Unlike Apple, Google has allowed emulators to thrive on the Google Play Store, which when combined with third-party controllers makes it worthwhile.
  3. Some games and apps are cheaper than their Apple App Store versions (sometimes even free).
  4. The only good feature that Google Play Games offered was cloud saves, allowing players to transfer their progress to other devices.
  5. It allows developers to put their games on sale, so if you find a game that is free for a limited time, it can be the best time to download it.
  6. Unlike iOS, Android allows users to install alternative app stores like Aptoide and F-Droid without root access.

Comments


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Rupp

2 months ago
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Good article.
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JAndTheBigTV

one month ago
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I never really liked or cared about Google Play anyway. But Stadia looks WAY worse.
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KalloFox34

one month ago
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Still not as bad as the crApple store.
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Master Chief

7 days ago
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Agreed.

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