Remember the Android Market? Once a daily part of our lives for many smartphone users, it’s now just a distant memory, following the Google Play rebranding. In fact, Google Play first debuted one year ago tomorrow, and as it gets ready to celebrate its birthday, news of some big sales is arriving.

It’s already Wednesday morning in Australia, and users there have revealed that Google Play is offering some serious discounts on apps, movies, and books in honor of one year with its new name. While the same offers haven’t gone live worldwide just yet, you can bet that we’ll see these deals in other markets as we move into tomorrow.

A number of apps are being sold for 50% off, and while the list in Australia is quite short, there’s a chance that Google might add to it over the next few days. Selected books are going for $5 or less, and Google Play is selling a whole bunch of movies for either $5 to own, or rentals for about $1. Those are all Australian dollars, but the exchange rate being as close to 1:1 as it is, and we’d expect to see the same sort of deals in the US.

Source: Android Police, Google (link going live March 6)

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