Google Play, which was formerly known as the Android Market, is the official app store for Android smartphones and tablets.
It is basically a digital distribution service that is both operated and developed by Google.
The service allows users to browse and download applications developed with the Android SDK and published through Google.
The app store also serves as a digital media store that offers music, magazines, books, movies and TV programs. It also use to offer Google hardware devices but that ended when the company opened a separate online hardware area, Google Store, in 2015.
How many apps does Google Play feature?
The creation of the Google Play Store came about in 2012 after the company decided to bring together a number of different services under one brand.
The Android Market, Google Music, and the Google eBookstore are all now known under the banner of Google Play.
Google says that its store now features over 2.7 million Android applications and is available in over 145 countries.