The Android Market, now known as the Play Store, launched on this day in 2008. Here are a few things you might not know about it.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Android Market, Google’s Original App Store
Google Play Store has been around for over a decade, but it wasn’t always called the Play Store. It was originally launched on that day in 2008 as the Android Market, roughly at the same time as the TMobile G1 Android phone.
This original App Store started in a completely different state than the current Play Store. Here are some things you might not know about the anniversary of the Android Market launch.
1. In the beginning there were only free apps
One of the most remarkable things about the Android Market was that it originally only came out with free apps. The showcase started in October 2008. However, developers still had to pay a one-time registration fee of $ 25 to publish their apps in the store.
Paid apps would eventually land on the Android Market in the first quarter of 2009, a few months after the store went live. App purchases continued through early 2011.
2. announced that Android Market would have over 50 apps available at launch, which is nowhere near a high number this statement.
According to PC World, only 13 applications were available for download at the start due to an “unsuitable software change”. Of course, there are a lot more apps on the Google Store these days that run into the millions. But in 2008, Google said it was deliberately avoiding the word “store”.
“We chose the term ‘marketplace’ instead of ‘store’ because we believe that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment for their content to be available,” the company said in August 2008.
What Says that about the decision? To choose the name of the Play Store several years later? Who knows. However, it’s also worth noting that a few years later Apple went to court against Amazon over its AppStore trademark.
5. The Store Originally Had No Screenshots
Today’s Play Store has a variety of screenshots and videos to help you decide which items to download. This seems like a no-brainer, as text alone isn’t enough to tell if a game or app is worth buying.
Well, Android Market really didn’t have support for screenshots in-app lists when it was first released.