Well, this is kind of a surprise. Today, Google announced that all of its different stores that offer movies, music, Android apps, and books will be branded under Google Play.
If you're thinking that you've heard of a unified store much like this one, it's because you have. Apple's iTunes does all of this already, and it's a winning formula. Personally, I'm glad that Google has decided to group everything under one store. Things did get quite confusing with the web- and device-based stores on your desktop and smartphones and tablets.
In fact, the fact that Google's stores were confusing is the main reason that the company decided to do this. A post on Google's official blog states:
Entertainment is supposed to be fun. But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires. Today we’re eliminating all that hassle with Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet. Google Play is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available to you, and you never have to worry about losing them or moving them again.
Google says that the Android Market app will become the Google Play Store app over the next few days. But the web-based version is already up, and I encourage you to check it out; it's a great step forward for Android.[Official Google Blog | Google Play]