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Google Play is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google. It serves as the official app store for Android. Applications are available on Google Play either free of charge or at a cost. It also serves as a digital media store, offering Google Play Music (a music distribution and podcast service), Google Play Books (an online bookstore), Google Play Movies & TV (a movie and TV show distribution service), and Google Play Games (a social gaming service). It previously included Google Play Newsstand until the revamp of Google News in May 2018.
It was launched on October 22, 2008 as the Android Market and was rebranded as Google Play on March 6, 2012.[Citation needed]
Google Play originated as a combination of three distinct products: Android Market, Google Music, and Google eBookstore. The Android Market was released on August 28, 2008 and made publicly available on October 22. Google eBookstore was launched on December 6, 2010, debuting with three million ebooks. Google Music was announced in November 2011.
In March 2012, the Android Market was rebranded as Google Play.