Android Market engineers ahve been busy and now they have come out with a vastly improved client for Android devices running on Android 1.6 or higher. The update will reach all eligible devices in the roll out over next two weeks.
So what are these improvements? The changes lies in improving discoverability and merchandising meaning, improvements focus on merchandising of applications, streamline the browse-to-purchase experience, and make it easier for developers to distribute their applications.
There is a new carousal on the Android Market client home and also present is two new categories. Carousal allows users to quickly flip through the applications and purchase and install those applications. The two new categories are Widgets and Live Wallpapers as these have been gaining ground in the market place. From the developers perspective, if they create applications that include Widgets and Wallpapers, they will be automatically added to appropriate newly created categories.
There is also new application content rating providing users with additional information on applications.
The refund window on the Android Market has also been reduced to 15 minutes as most users request refunds within one or two minutes from the purchase of the app or the game.
There are some changes at the market for the developers as well. Now there is support for device targeting based on screen sizes and densities, and on GL texture compression formats. The maximum size for .apk files on Market has been increased to 50MB,allowing development of richer games.
Happy App or game hunting.
via Android Developers Blog