Hands-on with the new Android Market on a Galaxy Tab

Hands-on with the new Android Market on a Galaxy Tab

Summary: A new version of the Android Market will be launching soon with some layout changes and policy changes. It looks and functions well on the Galaxy Tab.

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We heard about an updated Android Market coming soon, check out Ed's post on the details, and most people will wait for the update to get pushed to their device. I downloaded the update and installed it on my new Samsung Galaxy Tab, with a couple of screenshots included here. The biggest change in the new Android Market isn't necessarily in the look and feel, but in the new policy that only allows refunds within a 15-minute time limit rather than the previous 24 hour window for refunds.

I honestly only used the refund process once in over two years and I have loaded and tried hundreds of apps so I really do not think it is as big of an issue as it might seem to be. You do get 15 minutes to get a full refund, which is more than you get with the Apple App Store (none) and other application stores. I wonder what is driving this change to 15 minutes since it really shouldn't matter to the developer or Google if someone gets a chance to really check out an application in 24 hours. 15 minutes may be enough to tell if you like the layout of an application, but you cannot really test out the battery life impact, stability, or other advanced features.

My buddy Paul O'Brien posted the .apk files so you can download and upgrade the Android Market on your Android 2.1 and earlier or 2.2 device.

As you can see the layout of the tabs for Apps, Games, Carrier label has been changed to a curved layout. There is a new carousel showing off apps in the top that you can scroll through. There are also some changes when you tap on a specific application, including a promotional graphic. You can also now download application packages sized up to 50MB instead of the previous 25MB, which may lead to more advanced games on Android.

Galaxy Tab tips & tricks: Unlike the inability to capture screenshots directly on an Android device (you have to use a USB cable and connection to get them), you may be pleased to learn you can do it directly on the Galaxy Tab devices. To capture a screenshot, simply press and hold the back button and power button at the same time. Screenshots will be captured in a Screenshots folder in your Gallery.

Topics: Tablets, Mobility, Samsung

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  • RE: Hands-on with the new Android Market on a Galaxy Tab

    my kids can beat games in under 24 hours, the return policy maybe due to something similar
    merio74
    • RE: Hands-on with the new Android Market on a Galaxy Tab

      @merio74

      I do think that may be the reason the trial period has been reduced, but 15 minutes isn't long enough. I think the trial period should be 1 hour, that's a much more reasonable limit for both the buyer and the seller.
      Nickkuk
  • RE: Hands-on with the new Android Market on a Galaxy Tab

    You can get screenshots on an Android device with a handy free utility called ShootMe - in the Android Market. You turn it on, pull up the screen you want, and just shake the device. Then download or email it wherever you want it.
    chrisonline
  • RE: Hands-on with the new Android Market on a Galaxy Tab

    You wrongly state "You do get 15 minutes to get a full refund, which is more than you get with the Apple App Store (none) and other application stores."

    You absolutely CAN obtain a refund for an Apple App Store purchase.

    In fact, it's been detailed on this site. Also, you can watch a dead-simple video on the process over at your sister-site CNet.com

    Look at the "how-to" videos section, and at Brian Tong's "The Apple Byte" for education on the matter.
    lelandhendrix@...
  • 15 minutes is ok

    If google will give us ability to filter useless apps- so 15 minutes ought to be enough for anybody! It's better they make a spam filter, to filter those puzzles with naked womens. I've spent 2 weeks to find cute star theme wallpaper- Stars Runner Live Wallpaper- <a href="http://www.appbrain.com/app/stars-runner-live-wp-demo/com.mrd.SRdemo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.appbrain.com/app/stars-runner-live-wp-demo/com.mrd.SRdemo</a> - it's for example, I've seen as many crap as I newer seen before: every puzzle-decal-whatever spam maker brings 100-200 useless apps to market - its very difficult to filter them. There is must be automatic filter to aovid them!!!
    VKay01
  • Just a UI upgrade

    It is sad that Google chose to just upgrade the UI. The new "Live wallpaper" and "Widget" category are nowhere to be found. Spam apps are still everywhere, do a search for "wallpaper" for instance.

    I'm sticking with the AppBrain app and their awesome website appbrain.com which has spam filtering and much more interesting ways to discover apps than the market.
    AndroidFan01