Google Officially Announces New Version of Market for Phones, Rolling Out in the Coming Weeks for Froyo and Higher


Remember a while back when we got our first glance at an updated, prettier and seemingly more useful Android market application? There were rumors that it’d be coming shortly after its leak, but those beliefs have since waned. Fortunately, it was definitely real and it’s finally here. This version of the Android market introduces channels for books and movie rentals alongside the apps and games we were already able to access from our phones.

They’ve also added more “top” charts as well as the editors’ picks section. Needless to say, we’re anxiously awaiting its arrival. Google says it’ll be available for all Froyo and higher devices and that the rollout should be live for US users “in the coming weeks”. No need to “update” anything as this will happen automatically, just as the last one did. Users in other regions can expect the update sometime after the US gets it. Grab a look at the new market in the video above. PS: No, you’re not the only one who thinks this app looks like it belongs on Windows Phone 7. [Google]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. PS: No, you’re not the only one who thinks this app belongs on Windows Phone 7.

    Well fine, just beat me to it before I can even say anything though.

    I don’t see what was wrong with the last update, though, I think it looks pretty decent in it’s current incarnation. All Android green and stuff.

    1. Looks don’t equal usability and that’s the main problem I have with the current app market-it’s almost impossible to find anything.

      1. Fair enough. I’m almost always at a computer when I want to install an app and I always default to just using the web marketplace, so about all I look at the current one for is updates.

        1. Agreed, I use the web marketplace about 90% of the time. The times I use the phone marketplace I know specifically which app to look for. And while I’m not overly crazy about the new design, it looks a lot better than what we have now.

          1. Yup, same for me. Unless I know exactly what I’m looking for, I don’t feel like fighting with it. The web market has totally spoiled me. Hell, if I have my tablet with me I’ll go to the web market on it and install apps to my phone from there.

            I think my biggest complaint about this new market is… grey? Why? You picked the most boring color possible. I guess it kinda matches with the GB keyboard though, or… something.

          2. I could be totally offbase here, but grey is kind of a neutral color and something that those who are color blind tend to not have a problem with.

  2. looks like the web version of the market, it addresses one of the big problems of google books, namely finding books using their mobile website

  3. Microsoft should sue the shit out of Google, even if this copycat of Microsoft’s Metro UI is hideous by comparison.

  4. Yes, a bit metroish, but is a very nice update, can’t wait for it to hit my phone

  5. I hope they spent as much time making it reliable as they have dorking around with the UI. Basic Wishlist Item #1: when I uncheck the auto-update box, it should stop auto-updating. #2: Don’t try to download every single frigging app all at the same time. Seriously, has anybody at Google actually tried to USE the Market app?

  6. You took all the fun out of complaining that it looks like WP7… well it does and I think it’s lame. So there :)

  7. Sigh. US Only.

    When will the publishing world dinosaurs realise they’re just leaving money on the table by geofencing content?

  8. Way too WP7ish. Please try again Google. Ugh.

  9. So if I’m on Cyanogenmod, do I have to wait for them to bake this into a ROM to get it or is there some way to download an .apk or something?

    1. Probably going to have to flash the new GoogleApps

      1. Actually the Market updates itself OTA without need for carrier intervention or even caring what ROM you’re on. Preventing it from updating is the hard part!

      2. Just download the new APK and install it. Works like a charm on my old Nexus One. Will update Sensation in a while….

      3. Oh that’s right! Cyanogenmod doesn’t have Gapps in it. It’s a separate zip file. Didn’t even think about that. Thanks.

  10. This is sad and good at the same time…

    Windows phone 7 is the best OS(to me) but it lacks video chat
    so i am hanging with my Xperia Play an Droid Charge
    till they get video chat so it is a bit sad to see a big company
    like google Blatantly copy Microsoft

    that said, at least i get a WP7 experience with Android now ;)

    1. Get out of here! WP7 sucks D. Android ftw

  11. You guys will complain about anything wont you? I think it looks pretty good. A lot better then the current one.

  12. We all like to have something nice and pretty to “oooh” and “ahhh” at, but who REALLY cares what I looks like? All I care about is improved functionality and ease of use!

    I prefer functionality over design.

  13. Metro UI with a Googly twist. :)

  14. Why do people think that hiding menus/options off screen is GOOD UI design? I don’t want to scroll across to see what kind of stuff they are hiding off screen.

    I have a big dislike for this new UI design (and I hate WP7 because of their love of hiding stuff off screen as well).

  15. Jesus. You’d think Google would do some video editing before they released this vid. The Android Market is so sluggish and lagging compared to iOS and WP7. BRING ON HARDWARE ACCELERATION GOOGLE!!!! Wtf are you waiting for?

  16. THIS IS WHERE TIERED DATA PLANS WILL RAPE YOU, if you don’t have an unlimited plan.

  17. For those of you who can’t wait click on the link from your android phone and install the new Marketplace. I heard about this for the podcast All About Android episode 17.

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