An improved Android Market is here

An improved Android Market is here
Google announced that an Android Market update will roll out over the next two weeks (starting today) for all handsets powered by Android 1.6 or above. It is set to bring some goodies like more intuitive app searching and two new categories - Widgets and Live Wallpapers - along with some dev-related perks.
The new UI allows you to see all the relevant information about a certain app in only one screen together with a "related apps" category in its detail page. It also facilitates the process of exploring and downloading "featured apps" thanks to the carousel interface. Along with the arrival of Widgets and Live Wallpapers, more categories - for popular apps and games - are on the horizon too.

We told you about the Android developers fiasco, but in truth this is going to be a dev-friendly update. First of all, the refund period comes down from 24 hours to 15 mins. That's a consequence of the fact that developers often raise objections that people download their games, complete them and then use the refund option. Furthermore, according to the official Android Developers Blog, stats prove that most of the app refundment happen in the first few minutes after the purchase.

Until now, developers were limited to uploading files with a maximum size of 25MB, but that number is now doubled to 50MB. As Gingerbread is more game-oriented, this comes as a good news for both devs and end consumers.

It seems that a few Androiders are already enjoying the new Android Marketplace. If you are very eager to taste it, but haven't received the update yet, you can try to force an update if you go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All > Market > Clear data, which worked for us just fine, although some of our readers reported that it didn't have any effect with them. If this happens to be the case with you too, remember that patience is a virtue and bear in mind that it should come soon. But if you are one of these guys who are already enjoying the new Android Market, tell us with your comments your first impressions.

source: AndroidDevelopersBlog via Android and Me

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20 Comments

20. Master unregistered

worked like a charm. i have made: Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All > Market > Clear data and then started the market

18. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i just got tired of waiting for it to just come up and went to droid-life and got the .apk for all of my family's handsets. i haven't noticed any categorization changes but i like the new landscape layout. ^-^

16. Geezy03

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

not on my hero yet

14. lenox713 unregistered

Looks very nice, but aint no new category for widgets or live wallpapers as it claim to have.

17. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

i think i see something for themes.. or was this there before?

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Download SGS TOOLS and go to UPGRADE STOCK APPS, then choose NEW MARKET APP.

19. Davep129 unregistered

It says I need 2.2 but Samsung hasn't even released Froyo for the Captivate yet...

12. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i followed your instructions and tried to force an update on my Droid 2, my sister's Droid Inc. and my Dad's Droid X after today's update. nothing yet. i'll continue trying a few hours at a time and get back.

11. frankson unregistered

didnt work for me will check on XDA

10. chipkopp

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

I also went to system updates and received the download on my Droid X.

9. VZWbamf

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

Didn't work for me either...

8. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

on samsung fascinate, when i go into the manage apps, i dont see the "all" selection anywhere.

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

saw it in my friends phone looks awesome, ill wait patiently till the moment mine goes like that

6. pedrocruz unregistered

I had downloaded the market from XDA developers site.. and it's great! nice features and it looks way more professional..

4. joshypoo unregistered

I just went to system updates and it popped up, Droid X

3. Tom unregistered

The instructions did nothing for me (HTC Evo, Stock 2.2)

1. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

your instructions to force the update did absolutely nothing....

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

nothing for me also with droid x rooted with z4root

5. Karimeyada unregistered

for me too, nothin on htc desire

15. bayu unregistered

I use HTC wildfire and the market it's update it self... soor for my bad english

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