The Android Market got a serious update announcement on Day 2 at Google I/O 2011. Google realized how much growth was in the market and it’s future in Android. That is why this one announcement really turned into five. They want to simplify your market experience. To help you get exactly what you visited it for. We will let the pros explain it, getting it straight from the Google’s Blog:
We’ve seen tremendous growth in Android Market lately. With over 200,000 apps supporting over 300 Android devices, we’ve had 4.5 billion applications installed to date. But with so many apps available, how do you find the ones you really want? Whether you’re looking for the most popular apps, hot new apps, or just the very best apps available, we want to help make sure that you find what you’re looking for.
The five great additions include:
- New Top App Charts – I’m happy to see some top Paid and Free break down, something more then just a few thrown up there.
- Editors’ Choice – A great way to find out the best of the best according to the editors. Could be good, could be bad, I think with these it just depends on if your tastes line up with editor’s.
- Top Developers – This I’m really excited to see, I think it’s great to give a spotlight to some of these developers working so hard and doing such a fantastic job bringing us fabulous apps.
- Better Related Apps – This is fabulous, because it seems before it was just a hodge podge of apps suggested. I’m excited to see it broken down to, other apps people viewed with this one, and other apps people like to download to go along with this app. Very nice improvement!
- Trending Apps – Hats off to Twitter for making people think they need to know and want to have whatever is trending. Personally I don’t care for this addition but it’s nice to have the narrowed option I suppose of what’s super hot right now.
Personally, I’m a fan of the Android Market. You should know that from my review of the Amazon App Store last month. This update is a great improvement. I especially love being able to get a quick look at the top developers. Having the ability to look at specific groups of apps is a great addition as well. For those of you looking for the apps everyone is talking about, Trending Apps hits the spot. My concern was how well the Editor’s choice apps will evolve over time. I hope it doesn’t get stuck in a rut of the same types of reviews.
So what do you gals think, do you like the new Android Market features? These new features are available now on http://market.android.com, and will be coming soon to Android Market on phones and tablets.