Getting more from Google Play

Tips and tricks to enjoy all your entertainment on your phone

Get the most out of your books movies mags and games on Google Play

Google Play is your one-stop-shop for all your Android entertainment on the Samsung GALAXY Note II. It includes over 700,000 apps, along with millions of songs, books and movies.

This is Google's entertainment hub, but it's not just about buying entertainment. You can use Google Play to store music you've already bought in the cloud (even if you didn't buy it from Android), letting you access it wherever you are.

Not only that, but Google Play synchronises all your content, be it apps, music, books or film, across all your connected devices. So if you download a song on your Note II, it will also be waiting for you on your laptop at home. Or if happen to be reading a book on your tablet, when you pick up your phone it will be on the same page waiting for you to continue. No cables, no syncing, no storage costs - all using the power of the cloud.

What's more, with Google Play you can often try before you buy, providing you with samples or books and songs or trailers for films.

Tip: You can easily share discovered content on Google Play with your friends on Google+, email or text message in a single click. And you can see what other people recommend on Google+ too.

So let's work our way through the services on offer by Google Play to see how to get the best out of them.

Google Play Apps

With so many apps to choose from, it's well worth having a look around the Apps section of the pre-loaded Google Play app on your Note II. There are loads of free apps, as well as many that offer you great functionality for a fraction of the price it would cost you to buy software on your PC. Not to mention the wide variety of games.

Watch out for special events in the year too – traditional sale days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday will often see Google Play offering up cut-price apps and games, and sometimes even free downloads.

Extra functionality such as a stored history of previously downloaded apps is available by visiting the Google Play website (rather than the app) on your Note II.

From Google Play click on 'My Android apps' on the nav bar and a list of your apps appears letting you install and uninstall apps from your Note II. This is particularly handy if you had a previous Android mobile, as it will also show you the apps you installed on any previous phones and let you immediately install them to your Note II. You can even control what's on your Note II from your PC or tablet using the same method without touching the phone.

Tip: If you trust an app you can use Google Play to allow individual apps to automatically update. You can do this on an app by app basis, meaning you always have the current version on your Note II.

Google Play Music

As mentioned above, Google Music not only lets you buy albums and songs from Google's extensive back catalogue, it also lets you upload all the music you already own on your computer up to its servers – up to 20,000 songs!

This means you can get access to any song you own from your Note II (or PC or tablet) wherever you are, with the added advantage that it is backed up should you lose the original.

Google Play Music

You can play songs from your Google Play music library direct from your Note II using the Google Play Music app.

The app also lets you save your favourite songs direct to your Note II for instant playback, or you can access any other song by streaming it to your phone.