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Android Market update rolling out now

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Android Market update rolling out now
We already reported that changes were coming to the Android Market. On Wednesday, some models started receiving the updated online applications store which now includes videos for rental and books for purchase along with the usual number of apps and games for you to download. A colorful new UI helps you navigate the Market and downloads are divided into a number of different categories.

Video rentals include a star-based rating system, a synopsis of the plot, cast and crew, a short video preview, reviews and related titles. Different genres like Drama, Action and Adventure, Comedy, Horror and others are listed. Rentals start at $1.99. Book categories include Fiction, Children's, Horror and more and include a description of the book and a free sample. Pricing varies.

The new UI, which can be confusing at first, allows users to see 12 apps or game titles at one time, which might speed up your "window shopping" in the Android Market. Overseas Android owners, be patient as the updated Android Market is heading your way.

For those whose handset has already been updated with the new Android Market, let us know what you think by typing in your comments in the box below.

source: Phandroid

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posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:13 1

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Is this for honeycomb tablets as well?

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 00:09

10. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


I have downloaded it from my galaxy tab 10.1 and works fine, just a little flashy though, but no big deal ...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:19 2

2. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Looks like windows phone 7 marketplace

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:33 1

3. LuisE24 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


It smells like lawsuit to me.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 00:02 2

7. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Android is most definitely play catch up here, but as usual Android users don't care to acknowledge.

But nice UI anyways.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 06:21 1

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Whatever makes you happy

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:29

21. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Just saying. If Apple was in Android's position here, it would be a whole different story. I'm sure even you can agree to that.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 06:20 1

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


When you mean different position on what aspect you referred to? The fans? The acceptance and popularity?

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 00:03 2

8. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


barely reminiscent of the wp7 marketplace. and thats only in the swiping gestures. and even then its a stretch. the design and graphics dont appear like wp7 at all.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 06:19 1

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Thanks for the comment! Android has that bloc and other lookalike features since 2.1 saw some apps using it before. Google is just showing devs it can be done

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:40 2

4. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Ive already had this for weeks, and I have to say it has grown on me..

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 02:40 1

13. btbotimtim (Posts: 143; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Same here.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:40

5. Thunderbolt (unregistered)


Obviously I have a HTC Thunderbolt and I received the update this morning and I love it!!

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:46

6. rahulsawant (unregistered)


It works on android 2.2 version and above

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 00:08

9. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


finally androids market has cought up to the competition. it looks like its more fun to browse than any other market. i definitely approve of this. apple still has them beat on functionality thanks to backing up apps in itunes and the ability to go in the app store from the iphone and look at your complete purchase history and redownload anything you dont have anymore. but onn the flip side, the single marketplace for apps, movies, and books is something apple should emulate. if only music was inluded in the new android market.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 06:32

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


There are leaks telling there is a music vendor on and probably close to release. And you mean check uninstalled paid apps? They appear At the bottom. But now it finally says not installed

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 00:26

11. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I love this on my Evo, the search is way easier too.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 00:54

12. FrequentFlyher (unregistered)


Just got it on my Inspire its pretty cool..

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 02:58 1

14. TaylorTorri (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


Unexpectedly downloaded on my Nexus S 4G while I was using the Android Market earlier. Makes the UI much nicer abs friendlier. Finally, the Market can compete aesthetically. :)

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 12:52 1

18. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


ive been using it for about 2 or 3 weeks now, the UI is alot better and everthiing is well organized, ive notice that there is a video preview of apps and games that you can veiw before you buy it !.. pretty cool

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 15:59

19. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


ive been using the new market on my rooted cm7 eris for about 2 days, its sexy

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 16:22

20. mfrapp20 (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I just downloaded the latest version of the marketplace off ofwww.4shared.com and its pretty cool. I'd say that it's an improvement over the old ui.

posted on 06 Aug 2011, 16:08

23. Samsung 4 life (unregistered)


Doesn't anyone know if google has any exact pla as to how they are rolling out the market update. It been rolling out for like three weeks now and I still haven't received it yet. Maybe its cause I live in neb. And we get everything late.

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