One of the biggest nuggets unveiled at the Google press conference today is that the Android Marketplace is finally available via a standard web browser, making Android apps more accessible. Hooray!
Previously, Android users had access to apps only via the pre-installed Android Marketplace app on their handsets. Now, the ability to browse and install apps from a computer makes for a much more flexible and enjoyable user experience.
To access the new Android Marketplace:
- Launch your computer browser and visit: https://market.android.com
- Login via your gmail account.
- Browse the store — the UI is brilliantly simple:
- Apps are displayed by the standard sections: Featured, Top Paid and Top Free.
- You can also browse apps by category.
- Apps that are already installed on your phone are labeled as “Installed.”
- Download an app by clicking “Install.” Within minutes, the app magically syncs to your phone. No cords required.
- Tweet a comment with a link to the app by clicking on the “Tweet” icon on each app’s dedicated page.
This new development finally puts the Android Marketplace user experience on par with that of Apple’s. Do you agree?
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