Google has announced that it will be rolling out a major update for the Android Market in the next couple of weeks to devices running Android 1.6 (Donut) or over.
Eric Chu of the Android Developer Ecosystem posted on the official Android blog to notify Fandroids of the imminent market revamp.
He said: “The Android Market engineering team has been hard at work on improving the Android Market experience for users and developers.
“This new Market client introduces important features that improve merchandising of applications, streamline the browse-to-purchase experience, and make it easier for developers to distribute their applications.”
Notable improvements brought by the update include two new categories for widgets and Live wallpapers, which will be automatically populated based on applications that have them.
The app details page has been streamlined and shows all the information on the same page now instead of multiple tabs. It also includes a ‘Related’ section, which displays content similar to what the user is already looking at.
Google has also introduced a new ‘mature’ rating system that classifies downloadable content based on their suitability to certain age groups.
The overall design of the Market has also been given a fresh coat of paint with a greater splash of green and cleaner look all-round.
Newer categories and capabilities will continue to be introduced over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, the search giant has reduced the refund period for premium content from 24 hours to just 15 minutes, presumably to reduce piracy and abuse. However, we're not sure if the move will go down so well with Fandroids who are already frustrated by paid apps not working on their devices due to the ever-present curse of fragmentation.
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