The Google Store celebrates its 5 years: what future for the app store? [Exclusive Guide]
Today, the Google Store celebrates its 5 years of existence. But what will the future of the app store? It’s time to take stock of what for managed to accomplish Google with this one, but also the challenges that lie ahead in the future to get to stay in the race. Our report reveals all.
it is natural that our mobile operating systems have changed dramatically over time, and for good reason: the smartphone was created incomplete. These are users who gave him my letters of nobility, creating for developers and designers of the needs to be completed as and when.
Previously, we had the Android Market to be able to find our applications. Then came Google Music, and the eBookstore, before 6 March 2012 to be born the Store that brought together all the content sold by Google under a single banner.
5 years, but he for not aged a bit and continues to evolve year after year. For this anniversary, we invite you to reflect on the future of the market applications, movies, music and games on our favorite platform.
The arrival of the Store marked the age of trust
as we have seen above, one of the major improvements that will be brought the arrival of the Store is the group. Finished applications dedicated to each media, but a global store that could be compared to a Fnac or Amazon Digital (almost).
This change was not trivial, since it allowed the public a clearer reading of the Play offer. Remember that there is no if long ago, many were those refusing to use their credit cards on the net for fear of getting the fly. Such a reading force greater confidence of the user in this service.
Is allowed to understand than the smartphone (and by extension the tablets) were capable of much more, and legally. Arrive on my phone and see a selection of books, series and movies gives necessarily want to take advantage of these features.
But above all, it will be enabled for Google to organize everything around a simple shared account: the Google account, represented by a Gmail address already having gained the confidence of users. Not fear of losing its purchases because no matter the device, everything is linked. The opportunity to create the notion of Android ecosystem, shared between many manufacturers.
Today, the Store is everywhere
this term became all the more important that the Store is now everywhere. By creating its unified store, Google for created one of the few experiences of the Android operating system to operate in the same way between many categories of device.
We were talking of course of smartphones and tablets of various brands in this market, but that’s not all: at the time of the connected objects, you find the Store on your wrist in your Android Wear watch , on your television with the Shield TV and integral builders series Android TV, and even on the portable computers using Chrome OS .
That’s not all: with the integration of Material Design in October 2015 , it also became a symbol of the experience that Google wants to offer the world on mobile. A change will be also at the icon in the applications Play Galaxy change , all now represented by the famous symbol of ‘Play ‘.
But it should be noted first of all, is that he was able to adapt to the demands of my time. By creating the family library , the developer for managed to transpose the concept of sharing and ready, a notion related to goods, at the time of the digital and the service. The change is far from trivial.
Challenge for the Store in the months to come
but the store of applications and content is not without fault. He suffers first the general trend of mobile applications: too many (more than 2.77 million according to AppBrain), they tend to lose the user who simply wants to put quality before quantity.
This will certainly go through a redesign of their ranking system and rating, which for at least the merit of no longer take into account the false opinion . But that’s not all: we should think about a new system to ensure that quality applications do not get lost in the huge daily stream, the store is undergoing.
Another development known and expected this store is none other than the arrival of cloud computing. Google for already shown during its I/O 2016 we will soon have the opportunity to test some games and applications without even installing, thanks to a preview in real time on the net of an application on a remote server.
But this isn’t the final form of the Play Store
this movement could go far, far in the future. The firm Nextbit and my Robin understood one thing: cloud computing might well make our much more powerful smartphones in the near future, allowing us through a powerful internet connection, as the future 5 G , and a monthly subscription access to applications which we dare not dream on smartphones.
Take as an example the case of the french Shadow and my PC cloud. They already have a mobile application allowing you to play anywhere in the latest the most powerful games on your smartphone or tablet.
You can easily imagine Google take this principle and apply it to my Play Store, strong and a very large base of users around the world already trust among users. How many of you are already willing to pay €10 per month to enjoy free access to the latest PC games and consoles on your Android devices? With the democratization of Netflix and others , such a service is now an option for the general public.
But that’s not all. The last revolution of Google is none other than Google Wizard, which uses the principle of Google Now giving it an artificial intelligence able to answer your questions more naturally and follow the conversation.
If the future is in the Cloud and connected objects, then Google Wizard would be able to interact at your place with these devices and applications without requiring you to lift a finger. A sentence just to watch your accounts, make a few transfers, launch a movie and set your alarm clock for tomorrow.
It is an application that would remain at the center of it all: the Store, which would manage the various services that you will use while puncturing, of course, the amount due for access.
5 years ago, Google launched the Store to unify all its stores of applications and content under one banner. And in 5 years, the view of all the lands it occupies today, it could be that the Store is ultimately the only entity with which you interact personally.