New Android Market for phones; includes books and movies

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Google has just unveiled a major overhaul to the Android Market for mobile phones running Android 2.2 or higher. The updated market place will allow users to rent thousands of movies and download the latest books right from their mobile device.

The update is expected to roll out over the next few weeks, and you won't need to update your phone, the market place will automatically update on your phone.

To help better match the Android Market website Google launched back in February, the mobile store will come with an easier to navigate store for its ever growing selection. One of the most exciting new features is the movie rental service, with films starting at just $1.99, users can stream their favourite movies directly onto their mobile phones.

The Android Market will also come with some new categories including 'Staff Picks' and 'Editors' Choice'. The new categories will feature all the top applications from Google employees to help share the latest and greatest applications and games from around the world.

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Will the new Market still notify you about updated apps??? That particular setting seems to be missing...

Tiuri said,
Will the new Market still notify you about updated apps??? That particular setting seems to be missing...

yes it notified me immediately after I installed it.

Oh geez. It actually looks a lot like the Microsoft Kin's interface. If you've seen overview videos of the Kin interface, you can see a lot of similarities here. Not that I think the entire interface looked bad; it did kinda stand out and seem unique compared to the other stuff out there.

This new UI doesn't look bad at all. (well except the kind of weak metro ui copy)
Even though it could have been slightly better, this new one is still a lot more appealing than its predecessor which was awful in many ways.

Is Google going to ever connect The Android Market to it's platfrom on the computer. You can't access Android from the Google platform or click on a link that would take you to the market. You have to type in android.com and then click on the Android Market. If this belongs to Google, they should make it part of their platform.

Installed and working awesome on my Desire HD. Love the new market, but wish we could get movies and books up here in Canada.

why can't they have a unified UI that looks nice. I don't hate this new design, i just wish there would be some more uniformity in their UI. it's all over the place

vln004 said,
why can't they have a unified UI that looks nice. I don't hate this new design, i just wish there would be some more uniformity in their UI. it's all over the place

Why? Making everything look the same is boring.

vln004 said,
why can't they have a unified UI that looks nice. I don't hate this new design, i just wish there would be some more uniformity in their UI. it's all over the place

what a communist thing to say.....

Looks good. They need to differentiate the Apps and Games tabs' colors...but other than that I like it. Especially the amount of apps on the screen now; 10 vs. 5.

Personally I don't want books or movies on my phone. I'm quite happy if they just left it at the tablet level.

Sorry non-US residents. You guys always get shafted due to licensing terms and agreements. At least you have piracy. No one can ever take that away from you.

So-Unreal said,
Whats the point if you can not download OVERNIGHT from your phone.... over 3G...?

If you had WiFi, you can pin a movie when you are connected. Only a complete idiot would think to do it on a 3G (I'm not even sure you are allowed to do it while connected on a 3G connection).

While it needed improvments to its interface it hardly needed to take inspiration from WP7...
That is an ugly deisgn, too bad, google has been doing so good lately...

Leonick said,
While it needed improvments to its interface it hardly needed to take inspiration from WP7...
That is an ugly deisgn, too bad, google has been doing so good lately...

You know how "people" say Android has an ugly user interface? Well now that the Android Market took a page from Metro UI, I can't disagree with them on that part.

UndergroundWire said,

You know how "people" say Android has an ugly user interface? Well now that the Android Market took a page from Metro UI, I can't disagree with them on that part.


Well I usually like Metro but this is a bad implementation
Old interface was nice, just not as functional as it could have been.

Leonick said,

Well I usually like Metro but this is a bad implementation
Old interface was nice, just not as functional as it could have been.

Quite frankly, I never liked any of the user interfaces for the Android Market on Phones. Tablets however look much nicer. I guess it's mostly the screen real estate.

OK I was wrong. I love the My Apps section of this one it's nice. Playing around to see what else is new. Metro UI Theme has to go though. But I see why they went this route. See comment below for link to APK.

Pwrmad said,

Typical!


Yeah it's pretty bogus, especially Books. There are tons of online retailers selling ebooks everywhere now, I don't see how there can be restrictions on those.

Lexcyn said,

Yeah it's pretty bogus, especially Books. There are tons of online retailers selling ebooks everywhere now, I don't see how there can be restrictions on those.

Licensing.

Lexcyn said,

Yeah it's pretty bogus, especially Books. There are tons of online retailers selling ebooks everywhere now, I don't see how there can be restrictions on those.

Licensing.