The Google Play Store application enables Android users to browse and download applications that were developed using the Android SDK and distributed by Google. It also gives users access to various digital media such as movies, books, magazines, music and television programs.
The Google Play Store is the default app store for Android; it is therefore pre-installed on all supported devices running any version of the Android OS later than Froyo (2.2). Devices with earlier Android versions still use the Android Market app. The Play Store app allows users to browse available applications by Category, Trending, Top New Free, Top New Paid, Top Grossing, Top Free, Top Paid and Features.
The Google play store is the recommended way of downloading and installing new applications on Android devices. However, there are third-party alternatives that can be used. Users who opt to install applications from third parties are required to check the "allow the installation of non-market applications" settings option.
While the Google Play Store application only works on Android devices; content from the Google Play store itself can be viewed across Android devices as well as laptops and computers the moment a user logs into their Google account. This cloud-based capability also allows users to remotely download and install applications.