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Changes coming to Android Market

Tim Bray, who we all know and love from the Android Developers Blog, made a couple interesting announcements this week about the Android Market.  He wanted to remind developers about the Market features enacted this past June that help determine what devices their applications will be available for, as it seems that preparation for some new market features requires all legacy applications to get rescanned and checked against the new methods.

Of course, the words "new market features" caught our attention.  We can't help but think back to I/O 2010, when we saw some great new Market features like Music streaming, that Google said would come soon, likely with Gingerbread.  Is it soon yet? [Android Developers Blog]

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

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  • Any market update is good
  • Could also be talking about the ability to use paypal to pay for apps.
  • +1 for Paypal
  • I'm confused... What changes are coming?
  • hmmm ... interesting
  • Could be paypal, but I imagine that's a change on the back end, like carrier billing was for T-Mo customers. These changes sound like they are something on the servers that actually "serve" the market to clients.
  • One thing that the Palm market got right that Android hasn't and iOS doesn't do as well is sharing apps. I love that I used to be able to text or email my brothers links directly from the market application to apps in the market. If this is somehow available currently would someone care to enlighten me as to where it is, for I have looked.
  • built into Sense phones, and many apps available on the Market do this. ShareMyApps looks to be a good one, even has QR code support
  • Is that why downloads stopped working?
  • Could be changes to allow devices that are not phones easy access to the Market.
  • I wish Google would just buy out AppBrain already and integrate it's search features into the market.