Google announced moments ago on the Android Developers Blog that it has begun rolling out an updated version of the Android Market application. The new Android Market features a completely new and better-looking interface as well as several new features that make much easier for developers to distribute their applications.
Some of the new changes include a new carousel on the home and category screens featuring promoted application. Individuals can easily tap the application of their choice to go directly to the description page. Google is also introducing two new categories to house widgets and live wallpapers. The two categories are properly named “Widgets” and “Live Wallpapers.” Existing applications that include widgets and live wallpapers will be automatically added to those two new categories respectively.
Google also plans to introduce new categories in the future. The company is also announcing today the new “Similar” or “Related” tab, which was made available last week.
End-users will now be able to see every bit of information — including content ratings — about a certain application on a single page. No more need to navigate through different tabs. Google is also introducing support for device targeting based on screen sizes and densities. The maximum size for .apk files has been increased to 50MB in order to provide better support for richer games. Last but not least, the refund window has been reduced to just 15 minutes.
Version 2.2.6 of the Android Market will be rolling out gradually to devices running Android 1.6 [Donut] or higher over the next two weeks. Google plans to introduce new features, capabilities, and enhancements to the Android Market that will benefit both developers and end-users in the coming weeks and months.
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