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August 11, 2013

Google Play Store and Apps in General

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Android phones have their own “store” to download both free and paid applications. Unlike the iPhone, that’s not the only place to grab apps from, and the Google’s Play Store is a good bit more free and open, and a very good place to start. The latest update to the Play Store has users that like it and dislike it. Personally I’m in the Like it camp.
As Developers, (those who make/build the apps) and users have discovered, there was a drawback that apps can sneak right by the average user, annoying and unworthy apps can clutter up search results, and the average user can feel like they’ve been dropped into the year 2113 where everything is unfamiliar. However with the latest update you can now see the
But let’s not dwell we just want to browse the let’s jump in and PLAY!

Browsing Google Play Store

As of an early 2011 update, there are now two ways for most Android users to go about finding and installing apps: through the Play Store on their phone, or, in a far more convenient and accessible way, through the Web based app on your PC here.

First up, the most convenient method.

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The Web-Based Market Home Page

First things first: head to Google Play Store in a desktop or laptop browser. In the upper-right corner of the Google Play Store home page, click the RED “Sign in” link, and do so with the same Google username and password you set up on your phone. If all goes well, Google will know which Android devices you’ve already set up, and you’ll just have to verify that it’s your own phone your holding. If not then click on the Gear icon on the top right of screen, if you don’t see your phone there, don’t worry, you will need to download your first app through your phone, for it to show up on and web-based app.

On the home screen you will see something similar to the one above.Although this is not the full screen.

On the far left you will see the tab menu:

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Here we will download the Beginnerstech app which keeps you upto date with all the latest articles we write. Click on the green Install button and very quickly on your phone, you will see a down-arrow  which means the app is downloading, this will change to a Store icon which means you have successfully downloaded our app at the top left side of your Notification bar. You may see which means there was an error downloading the app. This one normally happens when you are updating an app. Then you have to go to the Play Store and download it manually.

Second up, Download Apps through your Phone

Very similar to the Web-Based method but instead of going through your PC you are downloading directly to your phone from Google Play Store

First things first: we need to fire-up the  Google Play Store app which, if not on your screen will be in the Apps Drawer. Slightly difference in layout to the PC and,  certain options are hidden.

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Looking at Google Play Store home page, click the three button link, at the top right, tap Accounts>>either a “SIGN-IN WITH UI pops up if you have more than one account just tap the one you want to use, or just tap your account showing  and tap OK. If this is the first time using Play Store you will not have any apps to show in the My apps section.

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Here we will download the Beginnerstech app which keeps you upto date with all the latest articles we write. Tap the spyglass and type in Beginners Tech (two words), then tap the spyglass on the keyboard  and you will see either this:

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Click on the green Install button and very quickly on your phone, you will see a down-arrow  which means the app is downloading, this will change to a Store icon which means you have successfully downloaded our app at the top left side of your Notification bar. You may see which means there was an error downloading the app. This one normally happens when you are updating an app. Then you have to go to the Play Store and download it manually.

Until you become accustomed to downloading apps it’s a good idea to stick with Play Store. There are other sites where you can download apps but not all are safe and some have apps that have viruses attached. We will look at viruses and Security which will be included in our next Tutorial.

Have fun

There are plenty of guides to come, we will be, like Browsing the Internet, and Security and that’s precisely what we’re covering next.Checkout the Guides in the Beginners Section.

 

 

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini