Google Play Store

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Google Play

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The flaming dumpster of the gaming industry.
Developer(s): Google
Initial Release: October 22, 2008
Platform(s): Android
Android TV
Chrome OS
Wear OS
Web Browser
Languages: Depends on device's settings
Website: https://play.google.com/store


Google Play (formerly Android Market before Android 2.3 Gingerbread) is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google. It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google. Google Play also serves as a digital media store, offering music, magazines, books, movies, and television programs. It previously offered Google hardware devices for purchase until the introduction of a separate online hardware retailer, Google Store, on March 11, 2015.

How It Works

Applications are available through Google Play either free of charge or at a cost. They can be downloaded directly on an Android device through the Play Store mobile app or by deploying the application to a device from the Google Play website. Applications exploiting hardware capabilities of a device can be targeted to users of devices with specific hardware components, such as a motion sensor (for motion-dependent games) or a front-facing camera (for online video calling). The Google Play store had over 82 billion app downloads in 2016 and has reached over 2.7 million apps published in 2017.

Bad Qualities

  1. No quality control whatsoever. Literally anything that doesn't have pornographic or Nazi-related content can be published on here.
    • However, some games like Postal were rejected due to "gratuitous violence", despite games like Carmageddon, several Grand Theft Auto games/clones, and various zombie games like Dead Trigger being allowed on the store with similarly violent content. As a result, the only way to legitimately obtain the Android port of Postal is through Amazon's app store.
  2. Since quality control doesn't exist, there's more than 1,000,000+ shovelware games, poor rip-offs of other games, useless "game instruction" apps, free money scam games, and even viruses disguised as games on the Google Play Store.
    • Even recent research proves that the most malware and unwanted apps comes from Google Play![1]
  3. There are some apps that can break your phone even if your device isn't rooted, due to the lack of quality control.
  4. The ratings system is very easy to exploit. Many developers used bots to write positive reviews about the game without any negative repercussions whatsoever. Usually you can notice this if there's a huge discretion in the ratings system (the highest being 5* and the second highest being 1*). Sometimes, the 5* reviews are simply copypastas with very poor grammar. This is why EA's Dungeon Keeper, a "free" game that forces you to pay to progress has a consistent 4 star rating.
  5. Horrible customer service, most developers only have a bot which gives you the support e-mail address when you're having a complaint which isn't about how it works (say, too much ads).
  6. Sometimes, if you have to update an app, the Play Store will force you to remove a considerable amount of data to free up space, even is the update file in question is not big enough to completely fill the available storage space, usually 500 MB or more. This makes that big games like Hearthstone required more free space than usual when the downloaded data couldn't be transferred to a microSD/miniSD card.
  7. Tons of games (especially Japanese games like Granblue Fantasy and SINoALICE) are region locked and are only accessible out-of-region through external services like Qooapp. You can switch regions, but you can only do this once a year and any Play money you have won't be currency converted and it'll be lost forever.
  8. It also came with Google Play Games, a service that had features to share your achievements and your game stats with others. However, instead of sharing your in-game stats with the rest of the world, it only shared for your friends in Google+ (which has since shut down for non G Suite accounts as of April 2019), making it pretty much pointless since nobody used that. The level system also doesn't give you any rewards, making it as pointless as the share function.
  9. Also, Google Play Games is required to be installed in order to play games, even if you're playing offline games. It also takes 100MB+ of your phone space, even though it barely does anything.
    • At least you can interact with Google Play Games in some way (more on RQ #4), while Google Services is another app required to even use Play Store and taking up as much as Google Play Games, yet you can't even interact with it. To make matters worse, you can't even delete it.
  10. These reasons are, unsurprisingly enough, why some people stay away from Android in general or lie about using Android unironically. However, despite this, that doesn't mean Android is a bad platform.
  11. A controversy started in the wake of Fortnite's Android release where people made fake versions of the app that don't do anything at best or potentially damage your device at worst. Those events stopped when the Fortnite Beta for Android went live, but a new scam started in the wake of the Legendary Galaxy skin that is only obtainable for users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This shows that Android devices are more vulnerable than iOS devices (mainly due to the fact that iOS devices are less popular, more expensive, and less-prone to malware because of general interest).
  12. The refund service is very horrible, because of that the refunds you send don't work, even worse, trying to reason your refund still doesn't work and it says "Hi, We recieved your refund request of {spent money} for {in-game resources}, {transaction ID}, but we can't provide a refund for this purchase because it doesn't meet with our policy" as an excuse of trying to refund.
  13. Newer Android versions (usually Versions 8 - 11) auto install some games you probably didn't want to install. It is installed, even if the phone was turned off.
  14. If you try Instant Games through Google Play Games, it takes all of the data from the game and downloads it in the background. This can clog up your storage without you knowing it, and it can be confusing trying to delete all of the data.

Good Qualities

  1. Despite the lack of quality control, it still has some good games and apps if you look hard enough through all the garbage. It even has ports of some flash games!
  2. Unlike Apple, Google has allowed emulators to thrive on the Google Play Store, which when combined with third-party controllers makes it worthwhile.
  3. Some games and apps are cheaper than their Apple App Store versions (sometimes even free).
  4. The only good feature that Google Play Games offered was cloud saves, allowing players to transfer their progress to other devices.
  5. It allows devs to put their games on sale, so if you find a game that is free for a limited time, it can be the best time to download it.
  6. It has a Play Points feature, where you can get points through purchases to get free things in certain games.
  7. Also unlike Apple App Store, Google does not add DRM into developer's app against their will.
  8. Google Play Pass is a good deal, with quality Android games available for a monthly fee that's cheaper than buying the apps outright.

Comments


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Lunar II

18 months ago
Score 6

Google Play Games is evil? You haven't heard of Google Services, which is an app that weights much yet you can't interact with it. You can at least interact with Google Play Games in some way.

But you know, Google Play Store is a monopoly on Android market.
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OpenRISC

14 months ago
Score 4
I find Google Play Store to be better than the App Store, because you can download cool stuff like emulators. App Store is just boring.
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Master Chief

6 months ago
Score 0
Same! If iPhones and iPads are supposed to be more powerful, why can't we use them for emulation or something neat like that!
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KalloFox34

5 months ago
Score 0

Definitely.

It's yet another reason to get an Android phone instead of an iOS phone.
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Hookuai

14 months ago
Score 3

Can't Google Play Store get unlimited space?

They gave me a crappy excuse
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Swaggy Shooter

13 months ago
Score 0
Basic proof that mobile gaming sucks
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Dude Arnav

12 months ago
Score -3
It forces the user to remove storage space like 500mb (Which is very huge for my device). That's why I don't even update my apps.
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Theworks84

12 months ago
Score 2
I have no console or gaming PC so I'm stuck with mobile which is full of c$^p :(
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GRAND-DUCHY

12 months ago
Score 3
How come emulators are forbidden on the App Store, but rip-offs of games/franchises only playable on emulator (if you want to play on mobile) are fully allowed?
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Chasemc215

10 months ago
Score 2
Why would Postal be rejected by google? sure you kill man innocent people and officers, but you only do that is because you have to go by the plot of the game. This is just sad.
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Sedgwick2K

5 months ago
Score 0
Yet 4 of 6 GTA 3D era games are allowed (3, VC, SA, LCS) on Google Play.
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Freddy83

7 months ago
Score 1
This is the hell where I downloaded a series of Japanese games with the Android mascot on it years ago. Two of them had arm cannons in the icons of those games.
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LuigiMan050-5

5 months ago
Score 1
In a nutshell, it's where you find the most hilarious garbage apps like Super Andrio World.
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Grammar guy

4 months ago
Score 2
Sure, it's bad, but I would way rather have to deal with this store than buy a Crapple phone.
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Th548

3 months ago
Score 0
I don't see what's wrong about this? Because I use it.
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Triggeredrepatillo

2 months ago
Score 1
google totally doesn't know what quality control is
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DarkMatterMan4500

one month ago
Score 0
The scams are triggering though.
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Kgames

2 months ago
Score 1
wdym its bad?
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Black Knight Animation Studios

2 months ago
Score 1
I slightly hate Play Store for it's scams and malware but it's still good
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EdEddandEddyFan

11 days ago
Score 0
Usually I ignore mobile games for emulators.
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Luckygamer77

10 days ago
Score 1
If anyone argues about IOS vs Android, it's basically just Xbox vs PlayStation.
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Asexual King Dice

8 days ago
Score 0
I use Nintendo

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