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Today Google launched their re-branded Android Market place to Google play.  This is interesting for me as I have an android phone and had wondered what this new play malarky was all about.  According to the register this new store puts applications 4th on the list, below music, books and movies.

Back when I did the oggcamp content packaging presentation I tried to highlight the advantages that packaging your content would provide to both consumers and producers, and it looks like Google have started to embrace it.  What is equally interesting is the dropping of android from the store name.  Could we see a generic Google store selling content soon? After all applications are only java applications, and it doesn’t seem beyond the realms of possibility that the virtual machine could be made to work on Linux…

Given Ubuntu on android, Ubuntu TV, I think we seriously need to look again at packaging content in addition to applications if Ubuntu wants to compete with Google here.