Google Play is the one-stop-shop for apps, games, movies, TV shows, and other digital content on Android. Today, the store is officially 10 years old, and Google is celebrating the occasion with an offer and a new logo.
The Google Play Store launched in March 2012, which means we’re a little past the 10-year mark, but we’ll give Google a pass this time around. Initially, the store was just a visual overhaul of the Android Market (the first app store for Android) and not much more, but it has become more feature-rich over the years. According to Google, 2.5 billion people in more than 190 countries now use the Play Store every day, about seven times the population of the United States.
To celebrate, Google is rolling out a temporary ‘points booster’ for Google Play Points, the store’s rewards system. You must activate the points booster yourself, by going to the “Earn” tab on the Google Play Points homepage. The start date and time varies by country, so you may not see it right away.
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Once you activate the points booster, you’ll earn 10x the points on your purchases, which can then be redeemed for anything normally available through Play Points. These can be in-app rewards for games and apps, standard credits from the Google Play store (which can be used for movies, TV shows, YouTube Premium subscriptions, etc.
The “Bronze” starting tier of Play Points gives you one point for every dollar spent. Once the multiplier is activated, you should get 10 points for every dollar spent. Redeeming a dollar of Play Credit costs 100 points, which means you have to spend 10 dollars to get a free dollar. It’s not a great conversion, but if you had already planned to buy a few paid games for an upcoming trip, you’ll get a little more free money.
Finally, Google presents a new logo for Play. The gradients are gone, as are the recent redesigns of the logos of other Google products, with a similar pattern and slightly changed colors. It looks less like a chip, but it will now be a little harder to identify among the multitude of Google app icons using the same primary colors.