I spotted Google Play on Google’s header menu last week. My first reaction was what the heck is it? I clicked on it and saw a menu for Movies, Music, Books, and Apps. I took a peek at the Movies channel, noticed and liked the clean design, and left.
The design for Google Play is comparatively more gaugy than the bare-bones design of the other items on the header menu, but still simple and elegant.
I initially didn’t think I would need it. I can already watch Netflix movies on my phone with the Netflix app. I can already download books on my Kindle devices. I can already download apps. And I don’t listen to music.
Before I do a write-up on Google Play, I thought I should give it a test drive.
Well, it's actually pretty good if you give it a chance. I started testing out the apps. I have my phone right next to my computer when I'm working. Browsing through apps is a much more pleasant experience on a laptop or desktop computer screen than on a tiny phone screen. It’s nice to be able to browse and then install an app directly on the site and have it install on the phone automatically. Ditto with books and music. Well, I didn’t really get to fully test out music; it requires me to stick in my credit card info even though I was just downloading a free song. I didn’t test out movies because I already have Netflix. I get the idea though. Download it on the site and have it accessible on a browser, phone, or tablet. That it does very well.
Overall, I like Google Play. I didn’t think it was necessary at first, but after I used it, I find it it very convenient. I’m not sure if it’ll get me to buy more stuff, but I’ll be using it.