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Android Market gets new overhaul, borrows from App Store

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Wed May 11, 2011

Android Market getting recommendations, large apps

A Google I/O post-keynote presentation and a post Wednesday revealed that Google is yet again revamping Android Market. The store will now be much more visual and, similar to the iOS Apple Store, have banners and other elements highlighting apps instead of the carousel of today. Users will also get Apple-like app recommendations based on their history as well as similar categories, such as Top Grossing for expensive apps and a Trending area for rapidly rising apps, TechCrunch and others in attendance saw.

Top New Free and Top New Paid categories are also coming, as is an Editor's Choice that will highlight Google's picks independently of what's popular.

The store will also help reduce the amount of fragmentation among devices, the company indirectly acknowledged. Developers will now have the option of multi-bundle apps, where they can create multiple versions to accommodate different screen sizes, controls, and performance but only show one copy. Likewise, the manifest for a given app will now give developers an advance notice of which devices will see an app in case they want to go back and limit features to reach more hardware.

Other touches should bring support for apps up to 4GB, quick access to setting up an AdMob campaign to promote an app, and a history of what apps fellow buyers have downloaded on an app's portal page. The sales record of an app now goes back as far as January 2010.

Many of the non-software changes, such as recommendations and new categories, should be live today. The layout on Android phones themselves doesn't have a definite release schedule, and checks by Electronista still showed the old style as of this writing.

The revamp, which follows a similar change just in the fall, may be a further attempt to gain acceptance among paid app developers that still flock mostly to iOS. In spite of earlier attempts, most Android apps are free and a large number of commercial, top-tier apps still aren't on the platform. Discovery has been an issue, but game developers have often avoided Android because they could only publish a single version and had to shut out large percentages of the community.








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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -13

    "Borrows from App Store"


    "App Store-Like"
    "App Store-Inspired"
    "App Store-Knockoff"

    Yes because we all know that Apple invented online shopping and the Magical UI for such online transactions. Everybody that sells anything online has Apple to iThank.

    Right.





    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. jahbadaboo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    Hit it right on the spot.

    Wrenchy! Your sarcastic comments speaks the truth! Thats exactly what these picture show! It sure looks "App-Store Like" "App Store- Inspired". Good eye lad!

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: May 2011

    -1

    Apple-like

    More like Amazon-like

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Moved Top lists to left side...

    So they basically moved the "Top paid", "Top Free" and "Top Grossing" lists to the left instead of the right, changed the tabs appearances and a few other cosmetic changes and called it a day.

    Google is becoming more and more like MSFT every single day. Now they are even copying Apple in the same way as MSFT.

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