Google has announced via their Android Developers blog that a new version of the Android Market will soon begin rolling out to Android devices that are running OS version 2.2 (Froyo) and higher. The new Market sports an entirely different look that many will notice as looking slightly similar to the “Metro” UI of Windows Phone 7. And along with the new look it bring Google Books and Google Movies into the mix.
You can now rent movies directly to your phone, tablet or web via your Google account for $1.99. You can start watching your rented movie instantly or you can choose to “pin” it (download it) to watch it later without an internet connection.
Android Market Google Books, like videos and apps, allows you to buy books via your Google account and read them on any device. One cool feature with Books is that if you switch between multiple Android devices it keeps your place, so when switching between your phone and tablet you can continue reading right where you left off.
In addition to the new download options and new look, the new Android Market adds some extra discovery enhancements. New charts and collections of apps, like Editor’s Choice and Staff Picks, are now present to help you make your decision on what to download. Check out the video preview that highlights the new features below:
If you’re still running the older version of the Market, keep an eye out for the update – it should be hitting your device shortly. Oh, and if you don’t want to wait you can just grab it and download it HERE!
So what are your thoughts? Like the new design? Look to similar to the WP7 UI for you? Let us know!
Source: Android Developer blog
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