Big things happening for AppBrain today -- they've just released v5 of their Android app for users to download. The release, while improved, does have a few caveats with it though as noted on the AppBrain blog:

We're sorry to report that Google has disabled the Fast Web Installer functionality in the latest update of the Android Market. Google is pushing out this update to all devices now, so we don't know how long the fast web installer will still be relevant. (You can uninstall updates of the market to make fast web installer work again, but it seems the update keeps reinstalling automatically).

The Fast Web Installer is still available, in fact it's actually part of the AppBrain install now but given that Google broke it AppBrain has also included a Fast Sync Widget that will allow syncing from your desktop.

Despite that little bump in the road AppBrain has managed to make the app faster when loading, include a new layout which, allows for easier sharing and exploration of apps that may interest you or your friends. We're still playing around with the update but overall, looking good! Link after the break. [AppBrain Blog]

 
There are 13 comments

icebike says:

Sorry, just not seeing any new layout in this version unless you are talking about the widget. Looks the same as last weeks version.

Bla1ze says:

It's minor tweaks to the tabs showing related apps, so that you can view apps that are along the same lines of what you are looking for. It's not a TOTAL new layout, rather just small additions that most folks might not even fully notice. Depends on how you use AppBrain I suppose, you'll either notice it right away or not at all.

uansari1 says:

The Sync widget doesn't do anything similar to the Fastweb Installer though, right? Wonder why Google saw fit to disable that functionality... it was awesome.

I think Google does it because the new Market App will have it?

mritter88 says:

That is also what I was thinking. The new version of the Android Market, with the APIs to push downloads to your phone along with a web-based version of the App Store will probably make AppBrain all but useless.

Wicket says:

I don't think it will be completely useless, it still has some features the market doesn't have, like the social networking tie-ins (if you're into that). and just like all these other markets (Best Buy, Amazon and V-Cast) it will just be another way of finding apps.

Wicket says:

Probably because the same type thing will be a feature about to come out say when Gingerbread is announced. We at least know it's a feature Google is going to have and the fact that they are changing it only means it's just around the corner. I'm sure AppBrain will be able to use the new method as soon as the SDK is released for Gingerbread.

briankurtz79 says:

I hope they will. While it will be cool to do ota dl's from the market, app brain has a much better filter system.

Bujin#IM says:

Maybe I'm weird, but I prefer to just use the Market, and go to AppBrain via my browser if I want to use features such as "hot apps".

I have a thing about having multiple programs with duplicate functions.

shoman24v says:

Fresno whoop whoop.

mkarstad says:

Can someone please tell me a location where I can get this program from that is NOT from the Market? I want to get AppBrain on my Android but each time the links route me to the Market. I have a phone from the Middle East and the Market Place is not loaded on the phone because of Google agreements in the region. I want the application!!!!!!! I want SOMETHING!!!!! Here I thought that AppBrain was the answer and I am still sent in circles... round and round and back to the Market again. 8-/ Where can I source it from, even if I get an old version I would then be able to upgrade it.
Thanks for ANY help.
MK

hana.checa10 says:

Hi, I'm new to Android and I'm having hard time figuring out how to install the AppBrain in my Joypad Tablet because I can't seem to successfully download any apps on my tab. Please please please help..

hana.checa10 says:

Hi, I'm new to Android and I'm having hard time figuring out how to install the AppBrain in my Joypad Tablet because I can't seem to successfully download any apps on my tab. Please please please help..