Another one of Google’s I/O announcements, Google Play for Education is a new initiative that aims to make it easier for schools to implement mobile learning in classrooms. Google Play for Education is a customized, curated version of the Play Store designed for K-12 needs. Announcing the launch at the I/O event (Google’s annual developer conference), Google said the education-centric Play Store will launch this fall.
Did you know that Android allows the installation of app stores other than the Play Store? You might already use apps from the Amazon Appstore and GetJar—but you probably never heard that a completely free, and open source, library of apps exists: F-Droid. Standing out in striking comparison, it emphasizes security, transparency and open source products—an outstanding departure from the competitors.
Google is making some big changes to Google Play on Android, which you can expect to see in the upcoming days. The new Google Play should make it easier for users to find music, books, apps, and other content, which will, naturally, benefits both users and Google itself, as you cannot purchase things you cannot find. Functionality aside, the update includes a significant visual overhaul, which should also improve the overall browsing experience.
Android comes with Google Play, but that isn’t the only app store you can use on Android. Android allows users to use third-party app stores, and Amazon has stepped up with a competitor of its own — the Amazon Appstore for Android. Once US-only, the Amazon Appstore is now available in nearly 200 countries around the world and is a true, global competitor to Google Play. So how does it stack up against Google Play? Are you missing out by not using Amazon Appstore for most of your app purchases?