In 2013, Google launched a version of the Play Store dedicated for education, Google app store for education, in an attempt to push Android tablets into schools where teachers could purchase educational materials like apps and books, and distribute them to students. Now, Google has came up to announcing shutting down the store. Google tells TechCrunch that in about a month it’ll “no longer sell Google Play for Education licenses,” so schools won’t be able to buy and distribute apps in bulk to their students. Google says it’ll continue to support the tablets already out there using Play for Education apps.
This has been confirmed by CRN and TechCrunch who reports that the program will end on the 14th of March, after which Google will no longer sell Play for Education licenses. Content and access and support will be maintained for the time-being, but only for those who currently hold licenses, but once that’s expired, you can say goodbye to the program for good.