Aug 23 AT 11:46 AM Edgar Cervantes 25 Comments

Video: Android Market update: +1 apps and stop your kids from purchasing them

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The old Android Market is nice and cozy, but times change and so do Google’s services. While it may have a bit of a learning curve, the new Android Market is much more organized–in regards to books and movies, as well as apps. But is there room for improvement? Always!

Google has just started rolling out an update to the Android Market 3.1.3. Aside from a few slight aesthetic changes, the two main features include the ability to +1 apps and password protect (PIN lock) your Android purchases.

While the +1 feature is exciting, the PIN locking ability is necessary (especially if you let kids use your device). Most of us have thrown some bucks away because someone purchased an app unknowingly (or on purpose). If you have been scared to let your little brothers and sisters borrow your phone, now you can ease your mind.

There you go–a small but very helpful update. If you’d like to see how the new update works, our friend Phil Nickinson from Android Central has made a video demonstration of the Market’s new features. And Android Police has an APK file for those who don’t like to wait. If you’re an impatient one, go ahead and install it yourself.

Has anyone received this update yet? Liking it? Will you be PIN locking your Android Market purchases?

Via: Android Central

Source: Android Police

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  • http://None CaribGrackle

    I really like the design and how they implemented the categories for this one. Sadly, as far as I know, this update will only come to Android 2.2 and up, which sucks, another great feature I can use on my 2.1 Spica (I could use a rom I know, but so far and I’ve tried become slow and FC a lot of stuff). I like it, this and Music Beta are the things I miss more from using 2.2 (and being able to install apps on SDCard).

  • Futureboy

    In the screenshot above, I like the option of toggling notifications for updates on or off, but what I’d love to see is that option on a per-app basis (like the auto update). Instead of the “all or nothing” approach, we’d be able to monitor those apps that we’re interested in receiving updates for (bug fixes, new features). The others we could update at our leisure.

  • Josue

    Don’t have it on my photon yet!

    • khenie

      you can go to and install the update urself!! thats what i did and so far so good!!


    I love the pin requirement to purchase apps !!! awesome! TY Google !

    • Luis

      No the market your talking about is slow I like the old 1

  • Interpol91

    Awesome! I’m heading on over to XDA to see if I can find some themed versions of this market. Come on transparent market!!

  • uknowme

    The pin option is nice. I really don’t have a use for it. Nobody else uses my phone.

    • BiGMERF

      I applied the pin to my daughters phone :)

      • BiGMERF

        What did my daughter just come on the site and give me a -1? LMAO

        • OskarMULA

          Lol! Imagine!

  • Marin

    I haven’t even received an update to the old one, I’m still on the old version, and I mean OLD.

  • Tran Lang

    Wow! Wow! This is a great news for me. I can pin lock apps purchases from Market now. My daughter has already placed a few orders for her apps when she played with my phone. It’s not really that big money but the pin lock absolutely makes me rest assured. Cool.

  • Fone_Fanatic

    They need to update the market on honeycomb where I desperately need the pin feature on that. More people pick up and use my tablet then my phone.

  • Gavin

    Nexus one Android 2.3.4 here and I am still waiting for the update to the old market.

  • sylar

    Finally! I was hoping that they would implement this fairly soon.

  • Dre

    Love the new market, miss the “just in” section of the categories. Was a constant feed on what was new and shiny in the market

  • Kevin

    This is brilliant, i can’t wait to +1 every aspect of life :p

  • Dylan Andersen

    There’s also a new Market “shopping bag” icon usually displayed in the top left. It’s sort of white and green – kind of cool.

  • keridel

    is it just me or is the tablet market missing out on all these updates? we still cant make comments and there is certainly no +1 button or pin entry.

    does anyone else have it?

  • codesplice

    I don’t know for sure if it’s related to this latest Market update, but something that I for sure haven’t noticed on the previous Market releases… On the My Apps page, apps that need to be manually updated (due to changing permissions) are placed under a separate header from the other Updates. Pretty nice, so I can hit the “Update bajillion” button and know that all the apps that can automatically update will – and also know exactly which apps I will have to manually install.

    The PIN feature is also pretty nice, as are a couple of the other tweaks. I also love the +1 implementation; being able to +1 apps that I love and have them appear on my G+ profile is groovy.

  • issac4760

    I’m the impatient lol….will get the update, and just by reading, the +1 seems like a good idea by google. also, I can’t believe they didn’t think of the pin idea sooner…(here you go nephew NOW you can use my phone.)

  • Richard

    Thanks so much for the link to the .APK file. My toddler some how purchased an E-Book for $10.00 and it was past the refund time limit.

  • Racoonman

    I need some help guys. I updated the market on my nexus s 4g Weeks now I Don’t get all the results I usually would say 116 results when I search ATARI, but I only get about 30.

  • http://Note Uncemister

    Apples app store is full of fake 5 star ratings made from fake accounts to make a paid 1 star app seems better than it is…