Android Market Gets New Look and New Features!

Android Market Gets New Look and New Features!

I noticed changes to the look & feel of the Android Market over the holiday break when grabbing some apps for my Droid, but just had the chance to search the Android blog and found more details. Here is some info from the blog:

This new Market client introduces important features that improve merchandising of applications, streamline the browse-to-purchase experience, and make it easier for developers to distribute their applications.

With a focus on improving discoverability and merchandising, we’ve introduced a new carousel on the home and category screens. Users can quickly flip through the carousel to view promoted applications and immediately go to the download page for the application they want. Developers have been very active in creating great Widgets and Live Wallpapers. To make it easier for users to find their favorites, we’re introducing two new categories for Widgets and Live Wallpapers. Applications that include Widgets and Wallpapers will be automatically added to those new categories. We’ll also be adding more categories for popular applications and games in the weeks ahead. In addition, the app details page now includes Related content, which makes it easier for users to quickly find apps of similar interest.

This is the same market update that also introduced the wrong-headed 15-minute refund Carly Z wrote about.

So what has happened in the last three weeks? Well, now folks are actually starting to see the market roll-out – it appeared just after Christmas for me on Verizon, and others are just seeing it now. This means that you get a look at the permissions required in a more user-friendly way … and also that you now have less than 15 minutes to download, test, and ask for a refund!

Have you gotten the new market client yet? What do you think?

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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!

1 Comment on "Android Market Gets New Look and New Features!"

  1. Funny – I’m rooted and a week or so ago one of the ROMs I run (a 2.1 ROM) received the market update, but the Froyo ROM that I run most of the time, and for the last week solid, is still at the old market.

    I’m not complaining. One thing I noticed: the new market did not improve search. Search for “adw” (or even “adw launcher”) does not put the actual launcher app first on the list of search results, as you would want or expect, but instead it is a needle in a haystack of useless ADW themes. Honestly, I expect much more from a search company.

    That said, and perhaps because of this, I continue to use appbrain to manage new app installs and search. Its search isn’t perfect, but it does seem better than Google’s market app.

    And, if the Android published total number of apps includes all of those ADW theme “apps” – that’s pretty silly. Perhaps there is an equivalent issue in the iOS app store, but I haven’t seen it quite so bad, and Apple’s search seems completely usable to me.

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