The banner may have been a mistake, but it confirms the previous rumours about upcoming launch of audiobooks in the Play Store. The teardown also reveals that Google will bring several new features and it will help users to distinguish between audiobooks and ebooks.
"Tonight a banner has appeared on Google Play for most users which simply states that audiobooks are now available on Google Play". According to reports, Google Play Store will have a dedicated section for Audiobooks. Now, it looks as though Google will begin selling audiobooks trough its Google Play store.
The link to it now does not work, though that could change very soon.
When a tech blog spotted a banner ad for audiobooks directly through Google's online store, Google Play, everyone jumped on their seemingly imminent arrival.
As per the findings, the codes basically pointed to audiobooks in the Play Store and to Google Cast functionality.
Then again, things will get a bit more cluttered with the addition of an audiobooks section. However, the section is not live yet and there is no specific mention of when the content will be available for purchase for the masses.
In addition, it appears that the roll-out of the Google audiobooks is not global as the banner is only visible to Android users in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia, according to AndroidHeadlines.
If it happens, Google's move into the audiobook market could be significant, because it would challenge Amazon's domination of the market.
Separately, a report from Android Police claims that the Google Play Books app would also be updated to include audiobooks. Most of the new e-readers are now come with audiobooks support and for that reason, the giant has chose to offer a separate audiobooks section on the Play Store.