Honeycomb isn’t the only thing that’s been getting a bit of love and attention in the past few months, you know! Google today announced that the Android Market can now be accessed from the web by visiting market.android.com.
Using the website, Android users can browse the store, search for specific applications, and purchase applications directly from the website so there’s no need to worry about viewing apps on the internet and then having to re-search for them on your mobile device.
The layout of the website is incredibly similar to the existing look of the Android Market on phones. When you visit the website, you will be able to flick through a carousel of all the featured apps that are on the Market. I spent some time browsing the site shortly after the announcement, and unfortunately the carousel doesn’t look that great when switching between applications, giving the user a very static transition between the panes; I’d love to see a smooth gliding transition between the different featured apps so hopefully something like this will be implemented at some point in the near future.
You can easily share the web page of an application by using the Tweet button next to the description, or send the link to a friend via e-mail or any other service you want to use. If you receive a link whilst on your computer, it will automatically direct you to the relevant page in the browser. If you’re using your phone and you receive a link to an app, tapping the link will direct you to the Market app on your phone, no further interaction or directing necessary.
The integration of the internet based Market will no doubt be key in continuing the success of Google’s app strategy; the convenience of buying an app on your computer and having it download to your phone immediately without any physical syncing whatsoever is a great feature to have, and one I look forward to using myself in the future.
Have you got any thoughts on the new internet Market or Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) announcement? Let us know in the comments!