Android Market getting new app discovery tools and a visual overhaulAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
A lot of focus at Google I/O today has been put on Chrome, Chrome OS, and Chromebooks, but Google's given a bit of attention to Android as well in the form of some big changes being made to the Market. First up, Google announced that it's taking steps to make it easier for Android users to discover new apps that they may not have found otherwise. Beginning today, the web version of the Android Market will feature revamped top app charts which will be country-specific, an Editors' Choice badge for apps that the Market staff will select, a Top Developers list, a section for trending apps, and "Users also viewed" and "Users also installed" sections for each app on the Market. The phone and tablet versions of the Market will be getting most of these changes "soon," which could be accompanied by a visual overhaul, at least for phones, which you can see below.
There's also some exciting news on the developer side of things, as devs can now choose to block certain devices from downloading their apps and, beginning in June, the app size limit will be bumped up to 4GB.
The introduction of the web version of the Android Market, as well as the revision of the phone version late last year, did a lot to make it easier for users to discover quality apps, but there are still some who feel that navigating the Market and finding good software can be a bit of a chore sometimes. All of the changes announced today should make the process of hunting for a new app even better, though. And I don't know about you, but I'm really liking the new look of the phone version of the Market that's pictured below. So, everyone, after navigating to the web version of the Android Market and checking things out, what do you all think of the new discovery tools?