Google Play To Add New Games, Plus Digital Textbook Channel

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In unveiling Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Wednesday, Google also made revelations about the Google Play store and its contents, including new gaming apps and a new channel for buying and selling digital textbooks.

During demos at a press conference in San Francisco, Ellie Powers, Google Play product manager, showed off a section of the Play Store devoted to apps designed specifically for tablets, along with three new game apps in the recently added Google Play Games hub.

All three games support Android 4.3, and all will ship aboard the newly launched Nexus 7 second generation tablet, according to Powers.

Rip Tide GP2 is available on Google Play now, and Prince of Persia 2 will be available tomorrow. Asphalt 8 Airborne — which takes advantantage of the Open GL ES 3.0 graphics in Android 4.3 — is slated to appear on Google Play on August 8.

Google To Add Textbook Channel Before New School Year

Powers also announced that Google will add the new textbook channel — offering titles from five major publishing houses — in August, just before the start of the new school year.

“Instead of a 400-page doorstop, Google Play Books brings you awesome new features like search, bookmarks, highlighting, notes and even night mode, so you won’t wake your roommate,” Powers maintained. “For just the cost of a new Nexus 7, you can buy that and rent all of your textbooks instead.”

After buying or renting a book, users will be able to sync their notes and bookmarks across tablets and smartphones, Powers said.






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