Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

Summary: Google has revamped its Android Market app for smartphones with a brand new look as well as some more products for purchase.

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Google has revamped its Android Market app for smartphones with a brand new look as well as some more products for purchase.

The Android Developers Blog points out that this new interface could work better for both customers and developers. The new UI is intended to be more engaging as it showcases top apps and games while providing a quicker path to purchasing products. For developers, this ideally means that there are more opportunities for apps to get picked up and downloaded.

(Although, doesn't the box-like new design, as seen in the side screenshot, look a tad reminiscent of the home screen on Windows Phone 7? Or is it just me?)

Some of the new features include more lists (i.e. Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, etc.) that are country-specific, and individual app product pages have been rearranged to streamline the buying process.

Aside from the new user interface, Android users might be more interested to learn that they can now purchase books, which will be linked to their Google accounts like on the iriver Story HD, as well as rent movies starting at $1.99.

Otherwise, it's likely to be business as usual. Even as nice as the new design might be, it might be awhile before Google can catch up to the 15 billion downloads record secured by Apple's App Store.

Available for smartphones running at least Android 2.2 (Froyo) and higher, the new version of Android Market will be rolling out worldwide in the coming weeks.

In case you want a closer look at the new version of Android Market without having to reach for your smartphone (or if you don't have an Android phone at all), then check out the following promo video:

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Hardware, Smartphones

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  • RE: Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

    +1 - It's the best I can do till I see a button :)
    davidmilliken
    • RE: Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

      @davidmilliken
      +1
      pinkfloydhighhopes
    • RE: Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

      @davidmilliken
      Give me a -1 button, looks like they copied windows phone 7! seriously Google?? stop copying!
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

        @Hasam1991
        LOL, everyone at this point is copying everyone else:D hence the patent wars/trolls:D
        clikonco
  • Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds malware

    Excuse me, that was a different article.

    :|
    Tim Cook
    • LOL!

      @Mister Spock

      [i]adds malware[/i]

      LOL!
      William Pharaoh
  • RE: Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

    Yes, they copied Windows Phone Pivot control and badly implemented. Ugliest implementation of Pivot Control. Check Google I/O site and you will see the rip off of Metro UI of Windows Phone 7, <a href="http://www.google.com/events/io/2011/sessions.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.google.com/events/io/2011/sessions.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.google.com/events/io/2011/sessions.html</a></a> <br>Google fanbois continuously boast about how good is Google and its talent (What happened to DonnieBoy, he is not seen these days?), but they simply ignore these facts that Google's best invention is their Biggest Copy Machine that copies ideas from iOS and WP7. What happened to the talent that they hire and boast about their hiring practices? Probably Google hires only people who are talented in copying others' stuff. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/grin.gif" alt="grin">
    Ram U
    • Yeah it does look similar to WP7

      @Rama.NET The current design is horrible. But I prefer the Amazon store for Android over Google's marketplace.
      otaddy
      • Remember...

        @otaddy It is Amazon AppStore and Google Market...Not Marketplace, that would be for Windows!!
        Nsaf
  • RE: Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

    yeah, Google can do wa whole lot of CRAP.but until they STOP THE ADS I AM FINSISHED WITHT ANDROID ANVERTISING..Keep it fools !
    bfriskey
  • Ugly hope its an option

    Hopefully its optional as that new panel UI look is horrible. thats the biggest thing i dislike in the WP7 is the panel ui as it makes things take to long. the current market is clean quick and simple no need to mess with the looks just cut the ads and clean up the malkware developers.
    Fletchguy
    • RE: Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

      @Fletchguy <br><br>"WP7 is the panel ui as it makes things take to long"<br><br>I couldn't disagree more. After two years of Android, I went with WP7 because it's SOOOO much faster to get things done. Some people immediately react to the tiles negatively but they are more useful and enjoyable than you think. Mango is going to make them even more so.
      CJArnola
  • RE: Google overhauls Android Market for smartphones, adds bookstore

    mine doesn't look like that, thankfully... I think it looks like crap. (and yes I checked for app updates)
    aiellenon