While everyone is busy talking about the level of penetration that Android devices are making in the smartphone world (not so much in the tablet world, huh?) the 800 lb. gorilla in the room is where Android has fallen way short: the Android Market.
Well, if you are to believe the hype from the Google Mobile blog this will be a welcome change:
The Android Market has been a bit of a joke until now and Android users (like myself) have simply tolerated it. Some (myself included) have turned to the cleaner and supposedly safer Amazon Android AppStore (much to the chagrin of Apple but who cares really).
The blog continues to
hype tell us:
You’ll be delighted to find we’ve overhauled Android Market to make it faster, easier, and more fun to discover great apps, movies, and books. We’ve created more space to feature some of the most interesting content of the week on the home page. We’ve added more top charts, with newer, more relevant items, and we’ve made it easy to swipe through these charts as you browse the store. We’ve also introduced new collections of great content, like staff picks and Editors’ Choice apps.
As with anything else, until you get to see the finished version this is all just nice talk. One thing that Google has going for it, though, is that it is a near impossibility to make the market worse than it is currently. When you’re in the “nowhere to go but up!” mode, your first attempt to get better could make you like a hero.
The update will be for Android users with version 2.2 or higher and should be showing up over the next few weeks.
Let us know if you see it and what you think!