Major Android Market update starts going out to phones

Google's major content and feature update for its Android Market app has apparently started to be made available for people who own Android-based smartphone and devices. Engadget is reporting that it has received word from many Android smartphone users that the new Market app is now online. That also seems to be the case among many Android users who have taken to Twitter to announce they have received the new version of the app. The Android Market update was announced by Google earlier this month. The update may take a number of days to finally move to all Android based phones.

As we have previously reported the biggest new additions to the Android Market in this update is the ability to directly download movies and ebooks. In terms of the movie store, the Android Market will work much in the same way as Apple's iTunes with movies from the major Hollywood studios available for rental for as low as $1.99. You can choose to stream the movie via your wireless connection or you can download the film directly to your phone's storage device if you want to watch the movie without the need for a wireless connection. The movie update is for North America only but other countries will apparently get a movie store in the coming months.

The new Android Market also allows for the direct download and purchase of ebooks without the need to go to a third party application such as Amazon.com' Kindle. The interface of the Android Market itself has also gotten a major makeover. The user interface is now easier to read and there are also a number of other changes and improvements.

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T-Mobile G2 GB (2.3.3) update started rolling out today. Although I haven't received the OTA yet, it runs really nice Wonder if the Market update is in it??

Still old android market here. Do custom ROMs have an effect on whether you receive the new market or not? Especially ones that have google apps baked in and not kept separate (like CM7)

I found this little gem the first time I went to update my apps after flashing Cyanogen 7. Awesome and long-overdue update.

I found this to be a pretty nice upgrade from the previous version of the market. Installing/upgrading apps seems easier and the new sections for What's new, videos, pics etc are a definite improvement.

Just checked in the UK and its not available for my Galaxy S yet, Fingers crossed I've been hoping for an update since the last one

big issue, at least for me. When I update apps, it still says there are updates available...even though they've been updated by market already. if i click the app, it just says open.

I do not like the windows mobile tiles look either.

SirEvan said,
big issue, at least for me. When I update apps, it still says there are updates available...even though they've been updated by market already. if i click the app, it just says open.

I do not like the windows mobile tiles look either.

I had that issue with Angry Birds and Super Manager. I ended up going to the web-based market and having those two apps sent to my device again. Problem solved.

Hurricane Andrew said,

I had that issue with Angry Birds and Super Manager. I ended up going to the web-based market and having those two apps sent to my device again. Problem solved.

Thanks, I'll have to try that. It's annoying because i get the "updates available" notification in my notification bar too. I had uninstalled and tried reinstalling but I'll try doing it from the web based site.

TDQuiksilver said,
People are still clinging onto the idea that it's a copy of Metro? Get over it. It's a welcome change to the Android Market.

Yeah why? Maybe because it looks like the homescreen or many apps on WP7?
Now yes, the android market did need an update like the double rows of apps, and it's main screen could be more usefull. I'd still say the old design was a lot better though.

What I wonder the most is why they didn't follow the unified look it seems they've been going for with Honeycomb apps and the website updates lately...

thenonhacker said,

OR: I like that they used the obvious Windows 7 Metro UI look and pivoting sideways!

It's not metro. Their website version of the market has looked this way forever.

Lexcyn said,

It's not metro. Their website version of the market has looked this way forever.


Go take another look at the two, it's quite different from the website (unless there is a mobile that looks like this), very much like Metro though.

Lexcyn said,
Already got this from the APK floating around

+1

Certainly seems a bit snappier than the previous version too. The old version was a bit laggy on my Captivate, but this one seems very smooth so far.

Lexcyn said,
Already got this from the APK floating around

And the APK was received because it was already going out back then

release just ramped up to include a lot of new mobiles i guess.