Eric Chu

Android Market receives major overhaul

December 10, 2010: 11:23 PM ET

New features include a new carousel interface, better organization with single page view and better categorization.

Eric Chu, Google's Mobile Platform Program Manager, posted some screenshots and a description of the upcoming changes to the Android Market on the Google Developer blog this evening.  Android Market is the Google(GOOG) equivalent to Apple's (AAPL) App Store.

With a focus on improving discoverability and merchandising, we've introduced a new carousel on the home and category screens. Users can quickly flip through the carousel to view promoted applications and immediately go to the download page for the application they want. Developers have been very active in creating great Widgets and Live Wallpapers. To make it easier for users to find their favorites, we're introducing two new categories for Widgets and Live Wallpapers. Applications that include Widgets and Wallpapers will be automatically added to those new categories. We'll also be adding more categories for popular applications and games in the weeks ahead. In addition, the app details page now includes Related content, which makes it easier for users to quickly find apps of similar interest.

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