Android is getting a superstore, and may be getting a peace treaty. On Tuesday, Android Market, Google Music, and the Google eBookstore were combined into a new Google Play superstore. And a new report indicates that Apple may be willing to settle for license fees in its worldwide patent war against Android.
With all its Android-based apps, video, e-books and music now under one virtual roof, Google is also updating the apps to play them. The apps for playing movies, books and music will be upgraded into Google Play apps. Google Music app, for example, will become the Play Music app.
'Seven Days of Play'
For the next week, the company is offering a different album, book, video rental, and Android app at a special price, in a "Seven Days of Play" sale. This week's sales include the e-book version of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the game Where's My Water, the movie Puncture, and the top-40 hit collection Now That's What I Call Music 41, each for 25 cents.
The store will be available through a Google Play app, or through a browser, and the unification of the brand will help position the technology giant in its ongoing battle with the two largest purveyors of digital content, Apple and Amazon.
Only some categories of content will initially be available in Canada, the U.K., Australia, and Japan, but Google has said that its goal is for all content to be available everywhere.
The unification of an outlet for Android content is one of two items being revealed this week that could propel the platform even further than its current success.
The other is a report in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal that Apple may be ready to settle its war with Android. For months, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has been embroiled in a multi-front, worldwide conflict with Samsung and Motorola, among others, as it challenged Android-based tablets, phones, and other devices on grounds of intellectual property right infringements.
Apple's Peace Overtures?
Charges, injunctions, and countersuits have flown back and forth in more than a dozen countries. Some patent litigation observers, such as Florian Mueller of the patent blog Foss Patents, have noted that, if Apple wins such legal battles as the one being waged in Australia, it could threaten the release of any Android-based product in that country.
Now, according to the Journal, Apple is presenting licensing proposals to Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility Holdings. Motorola Mobility is owned by Google. The publication cites "people familiar with the matter."
While the report, if accurate, does not mean that Apple is also ready to settle with other Android manufacturers, it does suggest that the end of the patent war, which has threatened to complicate if not derail Android's future, may be approaching its endgame.
If this direction pans out, it would echo Microsoft's, which has sought and received licensing payments from some Android device makers, including Samsung, HTC and Acer, on the basis of patent rights.
Posted: 2012-03-08 @ 1:00pm PT
Its not Androids fault Apple is a closed market OS. Apple just because your phones cost more,more to insure,smaller screen. Does not mean you need to be a bully. I may or could be wrong, but how in the world has Android taken anything from Apple. I live outside the box Apple where are you?
Don't Be Silly:
Posted: 2012-03-08 @ 4:08am PT
Not really a peace offer. Apple is issuing surrender terms. Apple has always been willing to take money. The issue has been how much can Apple get.
Posted: 2012-03-08 @ 4:01am PT
Courts need to establish that the world has only two legal standards Apple and Linux. When all the competing proprietary standards fall so will prices as Apple is able to achieve true economies of scale. Oh and apple will probably move to China.
Posted: 2012-03-08 @ 2:42am PT
Apple needs to deal with Motorola and Samsung patents that it needs for its products...
Posted: 2012-03-07 @ 1:26pm PT
So far the patent battles have not really effected any Android product manufacturers. All wins by Apple have either been overturned or had simple quick work arounds by the other manufacturers. Not sure anyone would be willing to give up profit to Apple when all the patents they fight with typically are easy to overcome as obvious, prior art, overly general or easy to work around.
Posted: 2012-03-07 @ 1:15pm PT
Apple's licensing offer - FUD?