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To celebrate the launch of Google Play (and the death of the Market brand) and thank developers and Android users across the world, Google has launched a brand-new sale promotion for a number of features apps and games called "Play Our Favorites."

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Here's a link (limited to certain countries only, sorry guys). So far, the included apps are:

  • World of Goo
  • Jamie's 20 Minute Meals
  • Shadowgun
  • Osmos HD
  • TuneIn Radio Pro
  • I Just Forgot - Little Critter
  • Sprinkle
  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
  • Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
  • Dead Space
  • Business Calendar
  • SoundHound
  • mSecure - Password Manager
  • NFL Flick Quarterback
  • NOVA 2
  • Quell Reflect
  • Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro
  • Flick Golf Extreme
  • They need To Be Fed
  • Paper Camera
  • ZOOKEEPER DX
  • SwiftKey X
  • Camera ZOOM FX
  • It's Tyrannosaurus Rex!
  • Pocket League Story

Update 3/9/12: A few new games hit the digital clearance rack this morning, including Gameloft's Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation. Go take advantage of this deal before it's gone!

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Head on over to Google Play to pick them up now - I already know how I'm spending at least $5 today. Also, Where's My Water is on sale for half that price (a mere $0.25), so you might want to get on that one, too.

Additionally, Google will be running a "7 Days Of Play" promotion that includes a number of books, music, and movies, with new titles every day (books, music, and movies in the US only), along with a $0.25 app (today's being Where's My Water?). Here's the word from Google's blog:

To celebrate, we’ll be offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app at a special price each day for the next week in our “7 Days to Play” sale. In the U.S., today’s titles include the collection of top 40 hits Now That's What I Call Music 41, the popular game Where's My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture for just 25 cents each. In addition, you'll find great collections of hip-hop, rock and country albums for $3.99 all week, detective novels from $2.99, some of our editorial team's favorite movies from 99 cents, and our favorite apps from 49 cents.

Thanks, Yashob!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    Heh, I was typing up a tweet to you guys when this article popped up.

    Also note that World of Water is only 25 cents, and it looks like they are going to do daily promotions in roughly the same way Amazon does (just still costing a few cents). Obviously the Christmas promotion was popular ;)

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      I don't know it there is a reason, but there's now 28 apps instead of the 25 you've got listed. Add:

      Colosseum
      Sniper Vs Sniper: Online
      Homerun Battle 3D

      • KRS_Won

        Looks like Froad got added also

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          I don't see that in the list. Do you have a link?

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          Ahh, found it when I looked at the store from my tablet. Strangely, it doesn't show up in the promotion page on the web store but it does on a device. Anyway, if somebody wants the link:

          https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yoyogames.droidbughunt

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          Actually, a few other apps have been added over the days including Cut the Rope, Quill (which is 49 cents but it's not in the promo list for some reason), and a couple of others...there's also been one or two that have fallen off the list. Best to just check each day.

  • Hal Motley

    Is the Android Market really dying?

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      No, just a re-branding. Microsoft and Apple do the same thing every 2-5 years on almost every product they have (unless it's too big to re-brand).

  • gogakhan

    $1.96 spent on 4 apps... I am in love with Google Play already. Hope they introduce free/reduced price app of the day.

    I saw somewhere a $0.25 app of the day for Where's my Water!

    Wonders me if they actually put it for 25c because WMWater was the 25 billionth download on Apple's App Store... :S

  • Eric Jones

    It looks like "where's my water?" is on sale too today. It's only $.25.

  • Noodles

    Silly. Advertisers were just beginning to use the "android market" and little bot on tv ads as people began to associate with it

    • Noodles

      The re-branding is silly I mean, not the deals!

      • Luly

        I'm actually glad they FINALLY give the market a name.

        It's not an awesome name but at least more identifiable - much better than the generic "Market" that leaves barely any impression.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      You're right, they were...but it's better to do it now than wait a year or two when it's too late.

      The one thing I really don't like about this is that it will (probably) be super confusing for the completely clueless Android user who's got no idea what happens when their market icon disappears to be replaced by Google Play (or whatever, I haven't seen the new app yet). This strikes me as possibly bad in that respect...otherwise, I am glad they are doing this now and doing it the way they are. Google is effectively declaring war on iTunes.

      • okungnyo

        The "Play Store" app doesn't replace the "Market" at first. When you tap on the "Market" app, it tells you in simple words that "Market" will now be called "Play Store" and shows a screenshot of the new icon. Then the "Market" app gets replaced by the "Play Store" app.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          It depends on your launcher and Android version. On my Gingerbread phone with Sense, the market app completely disappeared and I had to manually add the new icon. On my tablet with CM9's Trebuchet and Apex launchers it appears to have automatically changed as it was supposed to. Nova actually left me with the old Market icon and launched into the new store. Basically I've seen each and every possible outcome ;) Most of my friends have complained that the icon just disappears (all of them are on Gingerbread, most with TouchWiz or MotoBlur).

          My point was less about the precise technical result of how things happen on the launcher and more that people probably aren't going to like a seemingly random change to one of the few apps they feel like they can trust. We know what we're doing and what to look for, but what about the other 90% of users. If I didn't know it was coming, I'd at least be suspicious of a virus. I've had a lot of people thank me for posting a message warning about this on my facebook and google+ feeds.

    • Joshua

      They need to associate Play with Google, not Android. AOSP/Android are jumping points, open source code that your device's code is built on. Google Play, all the apps, books, services, music, movies, etc. are all Google products and are not in the same vein. I think they are trying to emphasize this and maybe at the same time, bring a bit more "Google" to people's minds when they think about the phone in their hands.

  • Sam

    Does this mean the promotion is going to run for a week?

  • Chris

    =[ still cant purchase apps that i got free on amazon's store. Wish they fixed it. there are like 3 apps i want to purchase.

    • Sam

      You can.

      Uninstall those apps. / Clean data from TBu.

      Downgrade market to 2.x.x

      Install app.

      I did this for couple of apps.

      • chris

        by clear data, do you mean to the market?

        • Sam

          Clear data of those apps.

          You don't have to clear data of market are you are downgrading to older market. It will get automatically cleared.

        • Sam

          Damn wish I could edit...

          *You don't have to clear data of market. You are downgrading to older market. So It will get automatically cleared.*

        • chris

          thanks sam, ill try that!

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          The Manage Apps screen, go in and use the 'Clear Data' button. Then uninstall/downgrade (don't worry, the original 2.x version will replace it).

          If possible, use something like Titanium Backup to 'Freeze' the app, it will prevent the market from auto-updating itself. If the market starts to auto-update, you will need to be super fast at buying the app, otherwise the market restarts in the middle of the purchase/navigation and you'll have to try again.

        • chris

          thanks guys, worked!!! kinda a hastle, but worked.

        • Sam

          Cool... enjoy :D

          Google needs to fix that issue though.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

          If I have understood the issue correctly, Amazon is actually at fault for exploiting a bug (I admit, i haven't read about it in a while).

          No matter the situation, I want to see the bug fixed badly. I've only ever installed like 6 apps from Amazon and I've already re-bought about 4 of 'em, so I rarely run into it, but it's so much of a hassle each time. Google needs to at least include a feature on the web interface (if not the Android app too) to manually override the issue.

      • Sinistar

        OK I got this to work (via the comments posted here) with some apps but I cannot get it to work with Soundhound Infinity.. Any ideas? Market just shows "Install" then it says it declined it because I haven't purchased it.

  • Luly

    SWEEEET!

    Love the new brand and design btw.

  • heavyD

    movie, music, books are us only :(((

  • Mike Ciampaglione

    They also have the $.25 play of the day in music. Now that's what I call Music 41 for .25. I only like 1 song but a quarter for the whole album is great.

  • Sam

    Rock albums are on sale too for $4 each. Damn Google sales are like Steam sales ;)

    R*** teh wallet.

  • sriracha

    dropped another $2.50 into the Android economy. i'm a sucker for a sale.

  • Sam

    How is msecure password manager?

    Any reviews? Do you trust it?

    • sriracha

      i bought it. i read the Marke..Play reviews and most of them sounded logical and reasonable. mSecure has iOS apps and PC side software, many claim it's well worth it.

      i'll try it out with a few less than important passwords, numbers, sensitive stuffs, as i read more about the service. figured i'm not out much if i'm wrong.

  • seriosbrad

    I just grabbed like 10 of these. Good deals!

  • Eddy315West

    Nice Heads Up Android Police !

    I Had A Bunch of Those (8) out the 25 that were free versions and just purchased them all !

  • KRS_Won

    dang, I was hoping you would had used
    App Brain.

  • Brandon

    I was charged $0.25 and then another $1.00 for buying ONE APP (which was Where's my Water, which is suppose to be $0.25). Google has charged me $1.25 total. Anyone have same problem!?! Check ur accounts!

    • Steve

      If it's your first purchase and you've just associated your card with the Wallet account, Google will deduct 1$ for verification purposes. They will return this asap. This is a standard practice throughout the credit industry as far as i know. If it's not your first purchase something went wrong, check the id of the transaction and mail Google.

  • Trash man

    Why couldn't they overwrite the Play link on my Market icon? Now I have this dead icon I cant get rid of. Where is the list of my apps with updates. It looks just the same why the change?

  • bobbutt

    skip msecure and use keepass (free)

    • ChumbleSPuzz

      and put your keepass password file in dropbox to sync with your desktop.

  • spydie

    I think "google play" is dumb unassociated name. It sounds like it's all about playing games when it offers so much more, like a "market". I was OK with Android Market, because that's what it is. If you wanted the google name in it, then make it Google Market, but it's really all about android, not google, per-say. "Android Store", "Android Mall", "Android Shopping Mall", all work, but "Android Market" says it all. However, the Android Market icon sucked, it should have a little Android guy for the icon.

    • shaggyskunk

      Ya, I agree..... Google Play sounds juvenile! They could have just renamed it Google Market or Google's Goods or something.

  • Amar

    Go Launcher updated to version 2.82 & on Google Play:
    http://golauncher.goforandroid.com/2012/03/go-launcher-v2-82-beta/

  • GraveUypo

    i'll just stop buying stuff on their regular price. all the more expensive games i bought are here for less than half buck. goddamnit

  • slurms mckenzie

    not compatible with tmo gs2. good thing i got a cracked working version from appplanet. id buy it if they updated it

  • K2theIzzo

    I picked up Need for Speed, Dead Space, Froad and Sprinkle. Love these games!! I hope Google does a different sale every week, especially in the Music section, lords knows it needs the help.

  • Acar B

    UPDATE:

    NOVA 2 is no longer included in Google Play's Play Our Favorites offer.

  • manlisten

    The web store still needs a way to highlight new app releases. Not sure why this has been such an overlooked feature. The sorting/searching options in the market are really abysmal.

  • Law

    Update: Cut the Rope is no longer $0.49

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