Mar 08 AT 10:00 AM Anthony Domanico 25 Comments

Google Play to add audiobooks, magazines, and newspapers to better compete with iTunes

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Google is slowly but surely trying to build up a full content ecosystem to compete with the likes of Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s store. The search giant has added books, movies, and music to its content repertoire, and according to a rumor posted on the unofficial Google news site Google Operating System, Google may soon add audiobooks, magazines, and newspapers to the mix. TechCrunch adds that Google might add TV shows to its video service, citing Google’s recent snatching up of domains related to Google Play, which included GooglePlayTV.com

These features are already available on both iTunes and Amazon, and adding this content to the Google Play store will help Google better compete in the content world. With approximately 50% of smartphone users owning devices that run Google’s Android operating system, there is certainly a wealth of potential customers to draw from. Since these individuals are already tied into Google’s ecosystem, Google has a strong advantage in wooing customers into its service.

Expanding the ecosystem makes a lot of sense for Google, as the company is rumored to be working on a Google Play tablet made by ASUS. Google hopes to build on the successes enjoyed by the Kindle Fire tablet, which in just three months became the best selling Android tablet out there. The Google Play tablet will bring all of Google’s Play services into one media-consumption device, and could be Android’s best bet to steal customers away from the iPad.

I’m excited for more content to come to Google Play, and already read a ton of magazines on my Transformer Prime via the Kindle Store. What else do you guys want to see in Google Play? Sound off in the comments.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Google Operating System

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