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Google's Android Market gets new look, movies and books [Video]


Google began rolling out an update to the Android Market on Android phones that gives the app storefront a new look and adds movies and books.

The new user interface should make it easier for users to find relevant content with more lists of available apps, games, movies and books that are country-specific -- such as new releases, top paid, top free, top grossing and other options in sorting what's for sale.

To view different lists, all a user has to do in any section of the Android Market is flick a finger left or right, making navigation easy and fairly intuitive.

Google has also added more information to the detail pages for each app sold, with an app's name and price along the top of a listing; a side-scrolling row of screen shots below that; and an app's description and reviews further below.

The page will also feature a thumbnail to a product video for apps or other content that offer such a preview.

Google began updating the Android Market on phones Tuesday for those running Android 2.2 (also known as Android Froyo) and newer, and "the update should reach all users worldwide in the coming weeks," the company said in a post on the Android Developer's website.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Image: A screen shot of a video from Google showing off the redesigned Android Market. Credit: Google via YouTube

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