Google pulls the plug on Android Market… for Android 2.1

Have an old smartphone running Android 2.1 or earlier? First of all, wow. Second of all, you’re about to lose access to the Android Market (which is the precursor to the Google Play Store). Google has announced it’s ending support for the Android Market on devices running Android 2.1 Eclair or older, effective June 30th. […]

Google Play is what you get when you cross the Android Market with Google Music

Google is rebranding all of its digital media services as Google Play. No longer are the Android Market, Google Music, and Google Books separate sites. Instead, there’s a one-stop-shop for buying digital goods from Google or streaming content over the internet: Google Play. You can still upload as many as 20,000 songs to Google Music… I […]

Now you can browse the Android Market on an Amazon Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire ships with the Amazon Appstore for Android applications rather than the official Google Android Market. And up until recently you couldn’t even visit market.android.com in the Kindle web browser (or a third party web browser). Amazon would automatically redirect links to its own app store. On the one hand, if you […]

Now you can install the Android Market on a (rooted) BlackBerry PlayBook

Now that the BlackBerry PlayBook has been rooted, developers are figuring out neat things you can do with root access. One of the first is to install the Android Market to make downloading and installing Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook easier. The PlayBook runs software based on QNX and can run native apps as […]

Android Market website now recognizes HP TouchPad, NOOK Tablet, Kindle Fire

Google has rolled out a minor update to the Android Market website so that it now recognizes devices that didn’t originally ship with the Android Market. In other words, if you install the Android Market on an officially unsupported device such as the HP TouchPad, Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, or Amazon Kindle Fire, you […]