Browse and Search Apps in Android Market from Your PC

As the popularity of Android OS increases, Google renovated the Android Market into a completely new site. The new web based Android Market is browsable and searchable from your PC. It was previously restrained only to android users on their android phone. Millions of Android smartphone owners can now browse and shop online for apps.

The Android Market website was officially unveiled on February 2nd, during an event at Google headquarters where we showcased Honeycomb (Android 3.0).

The new Android Market allows you to browse, share, and download apps directly to your Android phone or tablet without having to snake a cord from your PC to your phone.

The store functions similarly to Apple iTunes, but there’s a big difference: the Android Market is cloud-based so you can buy or download apps via your Web browser. Next, Google sends a message to your device of choice and bingo! – The app is installed. Apple, on the other hand, requires you to download the iTunes software to your PC.

The website makes it easy to discover great new apps with a bigger, brighter interface. You can also send apps directly to your Android device with just a few clicks—no wires needed.

Search and Navigation

[advt]Unlike the mobile version of the Android Market, the browser store lets you refine your search options to show apps based on price, device compatibility, and popularity, helping you better find an app instead of digging through piles of irrelevant ones. When you find an app you want to download, you are taken to a page giving you more information about that particular app. Here you’ll find user reviews, screenshots, and even videos related to the app.

You need to sign in to the browser store with the same account you use on your phone as your Android device is tied to your Google account. There is no need to enter your phone model or number as Google already has that information. Once you sign in, just hit the big “Install” button of the app you wish to download. If you have never bought an app off of the Android Market place before, you will be asked to provide a valid credit card and billing information before downloading.

Once you have that information down, you will be shown a screen asking you which device you would like to install the app on as well as the app permissions. After selecting your device and looking over the permissions, hitting “Install” one more time will send the app to your device.

The website also allows you to look through past purchases and re-download them (in case you change phones).

Sharing Apps

If you want to share an app with your friends, you can tweet a link via a small Twitter button on the right side of every app page. Those on mobile devices can click on the link and it will directly open up to the app page in the Market. Those on PCs will be taken to the app’s page on the browser-based Market.

You currently cannot buy apps for friends like you can in iTunes, but you can buy an app once and install it on another device by going through your purchase history and re-downloading the app.

And you can read and post app reviews directly to Android Market from the web or from your device.

Android Event 02-02-2011

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