Google just took the wraps off a new version of the Market app, and all we can say is: “Wow.” This new version of the Market is, without question, one of Google’s most beautiful and easy to use Android applications. The Mountain View company has completely overhauled the way the Market works, looks and performs on Android.
Google explains how this new version of the Market will benefit both users and developers alike. With a completely new way for people to look and browse for apps, it’ll now be easier than ever for users to find high-quality apps and for developers to get paid. This is what Paul Montoy-Wilson, member the Android team, said about the new version of the Market:
You’ll be delighted to find we’ve overhauled Android Market to make it faster, easier and more fun to discover great apps, movies and books. We’ve created more space to feature some of the most interesting content of the week on the home page. We’ve added more top charts, with newer, more relevant items, and we’ve made it easy to swipe through these charts as you browse the store. We’ve also introduced new collections of great content, like staff picks and Editors’ Choice apps.Paul Montoy-WilsonGoogle
As you might notice immediately, this new version of the Market screams Honeycomb UI. We can’t get enough of it. You’ll also be able to switch between tabs by swiping left and right on the screen. I’ve been seeing this manner of tab-switching on many Google apps lately, and I won’t be surprised if it becomes one of the main UI elements on Ice Cream Sandwich.
The app details page also got a brand new interface. App screenshots are now featured at the top, followed by the description the reviews. I was never a big fan of the current app details page UI, but now I can’t wait to get rid of the it. Overall, the new version looks much cleaner and organized than the previous one.
But aesthetics changes are not the only thing new about the Market app. This update also lets you rent movies starting at $1.99 and buy books. We’ve been able to do this from the Market website for a while now, but now you’ll be able to do it from the Market app on your phone. The experience is pretty similar to buying an Android app. In other words, you’ll be able to rent and watch your favorite movies in about 5 seconds. You’ll also be able to “pin” those movies you wish to watch while offline. Just like you can do with songs when using the Music app.
In conclusion, I think I speak for most Android fans when I say, “Finally, Google. Finally”. We’ve been waiting for a good-looking, intuitive and full-featured version of the Market app forever. And at last, the company has delivered. The number of issues with the Android platform just shrank by one.