News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday July 13, 2011.
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Google has announced a brand new version of its Android Market for smartphones, complete with an entire redesign and support for books and movie downloads.
The new version of the Android Market features a tile-based design that could remind some of the tiles found in Windows Phone 7 from Microsoft. Upon opening the app, users are presented with four categories on the left side for Apps, Games, Books, and Movies. The rest of the screen is filled up with featured content, such as particular apps, books, or movies that Google is highlighting. Google has also added more top charts for app rankings, so you can see what is popular among users. A new Editors' Choice list as well as a Staff Picks list are also available to peruse.
With the new Market update comes support for the Videos app for smartphones. Once downloaded and installed, users will be able to download movies from the Android Market and watch them wherever they are. Rentals start at $1.99, and the movies can be cached to the device's memory so they can be watched later - even when the phone has no internet connection. Rentals are linked to your Google account, so you can watch them on a number of different devices with one payment.
Additionally, you can now purchase Google Books compatible titles directly from the Android Market. Books that are purchased will be downloaded right to the phone, and will be synced back with your Google account, so you can instantly access them on all of your devices.
The new Android Market will be available for phones running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher and is expected to roll out to users over the next few weeks. The Market will automatically update itself, so users do not need to do anything on their end. Take a look at the video below to see more of the new Android Market for smartphones. [via Google]
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