Google has just started rolling out a new Android Market app, adding new content that you may consume at your own expense – Movies and Books. Movies can be rented via the Android Market for $1.99, anywhere using your Android phone, the web or Android tablet and can be watched immediately or downloaded to your device for watching later even if your phone is offline. Movie rentals are tied to your Google account. The same thing is true for the Books tab which you can access via the Android Market and will allow you to purchase books and have them downloaded on your devices. The update will be automatically pushed in the coming weeks but has already started for US Android phone users. I was able to install the new Android Market App and although the new Movies and Books Tabs are not yet showing on my phone, I still was able to explore the Market’s new features.
The new Google Android Market app not only brings Movies and Books but also new user interface that will surely impress you. Gone are the text-heavy main screen and in its place are thumbnail images of highlighted apps and games which are placed on a nice layout. Upfront also are some categories including Editor’s Choice, Staff Picks, and Games. On top of the screen are the different options for browsing Android apps by categories, featured, top paid, top picks, top free, top grossing, top new paid, and top new free.Even the individual pages for apps were revamped. Screenshots go on top of the page before the other information related to the apps. And yes, the new Android Market app also loads faster than before. Overall, it’s a pretty good update and Google has succeeded in one-upping the App Store which up to now has not integrated iTunes and the iOS App Store on iDevices. A video demo showing how the new Android Market looks and works is attached below.
Via [Google Mobile Blog]