Ultimate Guide To Google Play (Part 2)

9/11/2012 1:10:35 AM

Refunding an app

Use the first 15 minutes after you pay for an app to decide whether or not you want to keep it. If not, follow this tutorial to get a full refund

1.    Find your apps

Access the Apps section on your Android device. Uses the search functions at the top of the screen to find the app you’re looking to download on your device. Once you’ve found the right app you’re ready to make a decision to purchase it or not.

2.    Buy the app

Click on the Buy option on the application’s homepage and follow the different links. Choose your preferred payment option next. Then, wait for the app to download before using the crucial 15-minute period to decide if you want to keep it or not.

3.    Get a refund

If, for whatever reason, you decide you want to get a refund on the app, go to the My Apps section within the Google Play store, find the app and press the Refund button in the top-right of the user interface. You’ll shortly receive an email to confirm the refund.


It’s hard to imagine a world without apps. They remain crucial to the Google Play store, as we find out

Description:  Apps


Top apps

Scroll along the top bar to look through the various categories. For example, you can search for the Top Paid apps that are currently on the Store.

Magnifying glass

Uses the magnifying glass at the top of the screen to search for a specific app that you’re looking to install on your device.


Some of the more popular apps will be listed on the homepage. By pressing on the tab you can have quick access to them.

App previews

On all app previews you’ll be able to see the cost of the app, the name of the developer, as well as the star rating it has been given based on user reviews.

The main reason most of us venture on to the Google Play store is to invest in some apps, and finding an undiscovered gem is a brilliant feeling.

With the rebranding of the aforementioned Google Play store, users have more choice when it comes to, not just downloading apps, but in the way they can manage and control without having to go through a series of complicated settings menus.

The Apps section of the Google Play store is split in to a variety of categories and sections, all aimed at helping you find an app that tickles your fancy. As you’d expect, every app that’s uploaded on to the Google Play store is put in to one of the previously mentioned categories. Not only is this a great way of keeping similar app types together, it also allows users to search through a certain category of app. Even before you start downloading an app, the Google Play store has a host of options for you to check out and make sure you enhance your shopping experience to new, exciting levels while using the Store.

On each dedicated app page you’ll find a complete overview of the app. Each one has a description of the app, as well as details about how to contact the developer, and also a notification on whether your Android device will be compatible with it.

With the rebranded Play store, paying for apps is a lot simpler than before, and you can switch between and add new payment methods easily. After you’ve finished installing the app, you’ll be directly taken to the My Apps section where you can take a look at its settings, and receive a refund for it if you don't like it within the first 15 minutes of using it.


The Android gaming network is ever growing. So much so, it has its own section on the Play store

Description: Games


Scroll through the top bar on the screen to see some of the game categories that you can search through. There’s everything from RPGs to sports games.


All games that are currently involved in a sale, or are part of a promotion will be listed at the top tab. underneath that you’ll find some of the popular games that have been recently downloaded.


You can also find the most downloaded free and paid for games by scrolling through the bar at the top of the Games screen.

Gaming is fast becoming a big deal on Android devices.

Not only are the quality of devices improving, allowing us to play better quality games, the games themselves are becoming a lot deeper, and generally better than ever. Within the Google Play store, you’ll find a dedicated gaming section, and you may be surprised with how many titles are actually stored away.

The vast selection of titles means you’ll always find something that will be of interest to you. You have the Android classics, such as Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, but you’ll also find some of the modern titles receiving millions of download - the brilliant Zenonia 4 comes to mind here.

Console publishers have also been tinkering with some of their titles to bring them to the small screen. EA Games and Sega are just two examples of companies that have successfully created ports of some of their more popular titles.

The layout to the gaming section is basically an exact replica of the Apps section, albeit with a few very minor differences. There’s a category section which helps split up the games, and within each category is a list of the most downloaded and highly rated titles. Across the homepage of the gaming section you’ll be able to find a variety of tabs that will take you to the top new games (both paid and free) and the highest rated games overall.

Each game has its own dedicated page, and once again you’ll find a similar layout to that of a normal app. Many of the paid games that are available on the Google Play store have a demo version, so check those out before parting with your hard earned cash.


Your Android device has a multitude of use, and don’t forget its library of the latest and greatest eBook releases

Description: Books

Magnifying glass

If you have a vast library of downloaded books, you can use the magnifying glass at the top of the screen to search for a specific one

eReader app

Each book will open up into Google Play's own version of an eReader app. Although it’s rather stripped back, all the necessary features are included

If you’re an avid reader, chances are you will want to get plenty of books stored on your Android device. The rebranded Play Books section of the Google Play store is home to thousands upon thousands of books, all vying for your attention and hoping that you download them. There’s plenty of classic fiction to choose from, and all the well-known authors are accounted for.

On top of that you’ll find some modern works, as well as plenty of autobiographies and non-fiction pieces. If you look around, you’ll even be able to find some free novels, and there’s usually a good deal to be had somewhere on the Play stored?

Prices of books vary, but you’ll generally end up paying a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay if you bought the book from a retailer. The prices are so competitive, that in no time, you’ll have library to get though.

As long as you’re logged in to the same Google account that you originally used to download the book you’ll be able to access it from any other Android device, be it another phone or tablet. Thus, you’re saving the time and effort of having to re-download it again.

Through the Play Books app you can have instant access to your downloaded title, and the built in eBook reader is packed with features. Although it isn’t as savvy as some independent and third-party eReading programs, you’ll easily be able to read your favorite titles.

Some of the feature of the built in program include being able to skip between chapter text and even share your books among your contacts.


Getting your hands on a HD movie is made even easier by the new Movies section of the Play store

Description: Movies


The My Rentals page will show you every movie you currently have on your rental list, as well as access to start streaming them

Personal Videos

Any films you've externally added to your device will appear in the Personal Videos section. This menu will also give you access to start watching them


Throughout the Play Movies app, you’ll be given suggestions of movies that may be of interest to you. This can be turned off within the app’s settings

Thanks to the recently updated Google Play store, the ease of watching movies over different Android devices has been vastly improved, and the renamed Play Movies app has been given a makeover as well to make it as accessible as possible.

Movies are split in to various genres, from which individual movies can be downloaded and searched from. You’ll also find movies recommended to you within each category.

The main principle behind the Play Movies app is the same as it was previously, and as long as your Android devices are all connected to the same Google account, you should have no problem in watching your movies over different devices. If you use the same Google account on your desktop computer, you’ll also have full access to your movies. If you have more than one Google account, you can sync and share your movies between each account, saving you the time and hassle of having to sign in to a new account every time you want to watch a movie on a different device.

The selection of movies has vastly increased over the past year or so, with Google boasting some big blockbusters on its list. Each movie can be rented in a variety of formats, with some offering HD viewing, although they do tend be a little more expensive. The process of renting is easy to complete, and as long as your payment details are in order, you’ll be able to compile a great list of movies. As well as the movies you can rent from the Store, there’s also a dedicated section for Personal Videos that you have on your Android smartphone. They can then be streamed directly through the app.

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