Android Market to get a facelift

The Android Market is set to receive a fresh lick of paint and a few tweaks under the hood in coming weeks.

Google's Eric Chu said an updated version of the Android Market client would be rolled out to all devices running version 1.6 or higher of Google's mobile OS in the next fortnight.

A refreshed look is at the top of the list of changes, with promoted applications switched to a carousel view reminiscent of Cover Flow. Live Wallpapers and Widgets get their own categories and Mr Chu said additional categories will be added over time.

Application information has been consolidated into a single page, rather than the multi-tab affair present in current versions of the Market client.

In a change Google claimed was based on analytics showing most app refunds occur within minutes of a purchase, the refund window on the Market will be cut from 24 hours to 15 minutes.

''This change will be largely transparent to buyers, but will help developers manage their businesses more effectively,'' Mr Chu said.

Finally, developers will be able to more easily target apps to particular devices and the maximum app size allowed on the Market will be doubled to 50MB.

AppleInsider wasted no time in labelling the updated Market client ''still half baked'' when compared to the App Store. Writer Daniel Eran Dilger pointed out that Android's 50MB limit is still well below the reported 2GB limit on iOS. It is not uncommon for iOS apps to weigh in at well over 100MB - the HD version of id Software's RAGE clocked in at 536MB.

TechCrunch also pointed out that a web version of the Android Market, promised in May, is still absent. The web store would allow users to download apps without their phone handy, and have them sent to their phone over-the-air.

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What, do you still have the very first Android phone ever released, the G1? Otherwise, I don't see how you're running out of space and even still unless you install every other stupid app even the G1 is still a fairly capable device even if it's old. If you're gonna be comparing hardware specs then at least compare to the Nexus One or something similar.

Baked said,
Personally I don't want apps that are hundreds of megs like iOSbloatware.

I know, right? All the Xbox Live WP7 games are usually 20+ MB, and others are 140 MB's, etc. It's rediculous.

andrewbares said,

I know, right? All the Xbox Live WP7 games are usually 20+ MB, and others are 140 MB's, etc. It's rediculous.

Could this be the difference in the platforms at work? xna+directX vs ???+OpenGL
plus custom logic for each OS revision?
who knows, just happy to be a Samsung Focus owner at this point.

Baked said,
Personally I don't want apps that are hundreds of megs like iOSbloatware.

Android is too **** to handle the space anyway. I'm forever fighting for space to be able to install updates despite having apps on my SD. No fighting required on iOS, it just works!

New look, but is there a new payment method since Google Apps users cannot purchase via the Market Place since GA users cannot purchase though Google Checkout?
Google I love your products but you seriously ****ed up when it comes to your Google Apps accounts integration.

SK[ said,]New look, but is there a new payment method since Google Apps users cannot purchase via the Market Place since GA users cannot purchase though Google Checkout?
Google I love your products but you seriously ****ed up when it comes to your Google Apps accounts integration.

Google Apps users can buy things on the market as long as you've transitioned your account over to the new system (in fact most accounts should already be done afaik)

Not seeing this yet on my DX from Verizon. However, the Market needs more than just a face lift and it probably should be more like App Brain with options to filter and sort accordingly.

I really don't like this design. Gingerbread made everything very 'crisp' and clean and it looks like they went the complete opposite direction with this.

I think the Android Market should look more professional. To me the Android Market looks like some kind of unprofessional app platform with lots of stuff that isn't organized well.
The Apple Store and the Microsoft WP7 store look a lot better!

XeonBuilder said,

What a shock. We're still waiting for Froyo what made you think we could get this on time. lol..


i have it here in canada
your carrier is to blame for this

XeonBuilder said,

What a shock. We're still waiting for Froyo what made you think we could get this on time. lol..

Samsung has long since released Android 2.2 for the Galaxy S, blame your carrier not Samsung for failing to release it.

XeonBuilder said,

What a shock. We're still waiting for Froyo what made you think we could get this on time. lol..

I've had my Galaxy S for around 3-4 weeks now and it updated itself automatically to 2.2 (Froyo) the first time I connected it to KIES, have you connected to KIES to check?

FYI I just tried connecting to KIES again and found no updates etc so don't know when/if/how we will get this update.

I've had it for the past 2 days too. Pushed the APK to my Nexus and all is well

Sucks about the 15min rule however, 60mins would be more reasonable. I'm glad there is a 15min rule however instead of NONE!

From one extreme to the other! 24hrs. for a refund was generous but 15 mins. is very stingy. You might download something then get distracted and when you come to try what you bought it doesn't do what you expected but you've exceeded the 15 minute period! 60 minutes would have been fairer and 3 hours I think would have been an excellent compromise.

sgt.banjo said,
From one extreme to the other! 24hrs. for a refund was generous but 15 mins. is very stingy. You might download something then get distracted and when you come to try what you bought it doesn't do what you expected but you've exceeded the 15 minute period! 60 minutes would have been fairer and 3 hours I think would have been an excellent compromise.

Indeed, wtf is 15 mins? a trip to toilet and back

It's enough to realise you hit the wrong button and to have an opportunity to correct the mistake. Sure you could say "you may get distracted and not notice" but that excuse would be a valid argument for having a trial period longer than 24 hours also. sixty mins, three hours, theyre all just arbitrary numbers.

At least it's still better than the competition.

Smigit said,
At least it's still better than the competition.

Having free trials like on WP7 is better in my opinion. Then you don't have to mess with the refund ordeals.

Seems a bit unnecessary but whatever floats the boat I guess. New background/look isn't showing up here on htc desire but the new category etc are.

Digitalx said,
Seems a bit unnecessary but whatever floats the boat I guess. New background/look isn't showing up here on htc desire but the new category etc are.

The new Market is actually a new Market app. You'll have to install the new Market app in order to see it's new look

I've had this since yesterday on my HTC Desire and I'm really loving it. Looks and works a lot better then the previous version imo

Capric0rn said,
I've had this since yesterday on my HTC Desire and I'm really loving it. Looks and works a lot better then the previous version imo

Me too! I wondered why my phone just reset without warning!

jbrooksuk said,

Me too! I wondered why my phone just reset without warning!

It resets without warning for you? I installed the new market on my Desire myself yesterday. Didn't get any resets though

jbrooksuk said,

Me too! I wondered why my phone just reset without warning!

That was something else. Happened to a Desire I know and it doesnt have the Market update.