Sunday, August 21, 2011
Google Android Market Updated
1. New Appearance
Taking on more of a windows mobile look, boxes are in. A simple black background with everything divided nicely in it's own cube gives the market a neat and organized look.
This is by far my favorite improvement. The market has always been slow, I found I could actually open a browser on my phone and find an app on google.com faster than I could on the market. So why did the market that ultimately resembled a web browser take ten times longer to load? we may never know, fortunately the changes that have been made have improved the loading speed dramatically.
Previously available only via the browser, they are now integrated seamlessly into the market place. You will need to download the Google Books App to view any of the books or free samples.
Item pages now include videos for app demonstration, as well as additional apps by that developer.
Starting at $1.99 they can be viewed via streaming, or downloaded for later viewing. Sadly this is somewhat dependent on your phone, as my Samsung Intercept does not have this option.
Overall a great change for the Android Market. The improved layout and speed is sure to boost sales and customer satisfaction.