Google has begun rolling out their latest update, the new Android Market for Android devices. The user-interface has been completely overhauled in an effort to enhance app discovery. In alignment with what’s been done so far with the Android Market Online, the market now lets you browse new content lists like editor’s choice and top grossing.
Additionally, a few new features have been added including the ability to instantly rent movies and buy books straight to your Android device. As of this initial release date, these two features are only available to U.S. users (but of course we hope it expands to all international users as soon as possible).
Note: the new Android Market update is rolling out only to Android devices running Android 2.2+ and should reach all users worldwide in the coming weeks.
Check out the screenshots and video below for more details on what to expect.
During today’s keynote presentation at Google I/O 2011 in San Francisco, Music Beta by Google was officially announced. In its current beta state, the music service is available by invitation only in the U.S. Make sure to request an invite at music.google.com. For our international readers out there, we do hope that the beta quickly breaks through the American borders although no timeline was given. Important to note is the fact that the service is completely free in its beta form but might have a price/monthly fee with its official release.
Benefits of Google Music:
Upload songs, playlists, and ratings/play counts from iTunes or Windows Media Player directly to the cloud
From the cloud, play music on any device, anywhere, anytime
Manage, upload, sync songs without ever using any sort of cable!
“Pin” songs or playlists to the device to enable offline listening
InstantMix creates new playlists based on a single song’s genre, beat, tempo, etc. (described as an “ingenious” feature during the keynote, a nice jab at the iTunes Genius feature)
Even while you’re waiting for your Google Music invitation, download the new and improved Music app from the Android Market. Check out the smooth, beautiful UI and listen to songs you already have on your Android device.
The extremely popular Android game, Angry Birds has an additional version termed Angry Birds Seasons with additional levels released for different holiday seasons (e.g. Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day). Lucky for us, Rovio Mobile has added 18 additional levels for the Easter holiday! Enjoy the chocolate Easter eggs, bunny ears, and more added to the levels.
Today, Google announced the official Android Market Website! The ability to peruse the entire market from your web browser facilitates greater app discovery, especially with the larger, more sophisticated interface.
One of the best reasons to use the new Android Market Website is the ability to send apps directly to your Android phone. Clicking the “Install” button instantly initiates the download/installation of the selected app on your Android device. This of course requires you to sign-in to the Android Market Website with your Google account, the same one that is associated with your Android device.
Additionally, you can write app reviews directly from the website. Hopefully this will increase the number and quality of posted review information. There is also the option to share an app via Twitter, to easily let your friends and followers know what to try out (let us know too what you find @BestAndroidApps).
Overall, this is a great start to the Android Market Website and I’m sure we’re all excited for the additions that are sure to come.
The magazine is 160+ pages full of the content you’ve come to expect from Best Android Apps Review. Many of the over 369 Android app reviews were published directly from our website. Additionally, a large number of rated apps were added by the publishing team themselves and offer some excellent insight.
Our goal for this publication was to extend our reach to a broader audience, so that even more readers and Android users could unleash the power of their Android device. Because as many of you already know, apps are what makes Android so much fun!
The lion’s share of the distribution is in the UK, while a smaller number of copies are being sold in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and other English-speaking EU countries. If you do get a chance to pick up a copy, let us know what you think!