In a stunning turn of events, Google decided to end its Play for Education program. The company will stop distributing licenses of the program from March 14. This has created unusual reactions from all circles. However, Google won’t disappoint existing Play for Education users and shall serve them for a lifetime. Teachers can access the program while searching for content or sending information to students.


How It Happened…

  • In a citation of TechCrunch, one of Google’s spokesperson indicated that Google will no longer distribute Play for Education licenses.
  • The spokesperson further added that Google is committed to serving educational ends of schools through finest in-class tools such as Chromebooks.
  • The vision of Google is to enhance the already growing ecosystem of educational apps and the spokesperson also hinted at Google’s commitment to existing users and serving them support.

Humble Beginnings…

  • The Play for Education was launched in 2013 by Google.
  • This program was aimed at allowing individuals associated with the profession of education in the US to access books and apps at meager prices.
  • These books and apps can be passed on to students on their Android tablets.
  • The program was extended to the high-end Chromebooks in 2014 and garnered admiration from students and teachers alike.
  • Statistically, Google Chromebooks account for more than half of the electronic devices used by students in classrooms.
  • This data has been verified and provided by Futuresource Consulting.
  • Google reveled in this information since in 2012 Chromebooks accounted for less than one percent of education based gadgets used in classrooms.
  • Now in 2015, we can see that around 30000 Chromebooks are purchased every single day.

Reasons and Speculations:

  • Google hasn’t stated any clear intention of stopping the program.
  • The speculated theory behind Google’s decision to shut down the play for education program is the promotion of Chromebooks.
  • The company has already mentioned that existing users can access the service, but there is a mist surrounding the readiness of available content.
  • Teachers are going to face troubles transferring content to students due to the absence of licenses.
  • What this means for the company is not clear. And still we have researches pointing out to the fact that Education is the biggest contributor in Google Play.
  • The recent indulgence of Google in other prominent projects might be considered as the reason behind this decision.

We shouldn’t trouble ourselves with the incidents which led to this point unless we have an existing Play for Education license.