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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Google Android Market gets overhauled

Google has commenced rolling out an updated version of Android Market app store for Android 2.2 Froyo or higher update running handsets.

Google has integrated two of its new offerings - Books and Movie rentals, in the new Android Market update. However, Google Books are Movie rentals are currently offered in the USA and some other select regions only. Neither of the two categories would be available in India with the update.

The new Market promises better navigation and user experience. It would have an overhauled interface with different categories for the applications, which will carry some new categories like Staff Picks and Editor's Choices. Also, the "Top" lists have been further bifurcated to Top New Paid and Top New Free along with the Top Grossing and Trending lists. These individual categories consist of relevant Apps listed together as a collection.

The individual app description has been spruced up through screenshots right on the top followed by its rating and then the description. The new Android Market provides a faster way to the users to browse through the different lists and jumping between categories.

Visually, the new Android Market is much appealing and has side-swiping interface. All the applications are presented in Grid style view along with its rating and status — free and paid.

At the moment, the new Android Market update is available in the USA region only. Rest of the world will have to wait couple of weeks when the updates will start showing automatically.

It is quite likely that the new Android Market interface would be available for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablets.

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