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Google Play makes a play for the Apple iCloud crowd


News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday March 06, 2012.

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Google has unveiled Play, a new service that offers many of the cross-device syncing powers that Apple introduced with its own iCloud service. Play lets you buy or consume content on one device, and then pick up where you left off on a completely different device.

Integrating the Android Market, Google Books, Google Music, and Google Movies, Google's new Play service looks to capture all of your computer-related entertainment and then provide it on any device that you pick up. Like iCloud, it has the capability to sync purchased songs, books (including where you left off reading), and apps, and also adds the ability to pick up watching a video on a second device at the place where it was left on the first device

Of course Google has also integrated social sharing into Google Play with the Google+ social network, so you can inform your friends as to what you are currently reading, watching, or listening to. Google will push a software update to the Android Market on Android 2.2 Froyo or higher devices in the next couple of days that will convert it to the new Play branding. In the meantime, check out the series of videos below that explain each function of the Google Play service and head to play.google.com for more.

 
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