Google announced a new and improved Android Market for phones, which will offer more top app lists, books, movies and an improved layout this week. The new Android Market is a noticeable improvement over the old clunky looking marketplace. The new look will start rolling out to phones over the next month, but if you can’t wait we will show you how to get the latest Android Marketplace experience on your phone right now.
The new great news is that you don’t need to be rooted or even on the latest Gingerbread Android OS to get the updated Android Market today. The new market is known as Android Market v 3.0.26.
Here are the directions to install the new Android Market on your phone. You do not need to be rooted to use the new market, and in fact won’t get the full experience if you are rooted.
- Download com.android.vending-1.apk from our mirror [Android Police] (no intermediate pages – direct link here) to your phone. If that doesn’t work for some reason, here’s a second mirror.
- Browse to it in your favorite file manager, such as ASTRO
- Click the file, then select Open App Manager
- Select Update
- You now have new Market v 3.0.26
The new layout is quite smooth and after using the new market app for a day, wouldn’t want to go back to the old version. The addition of app lists should help me find new apps easier based on popularity.
The biggest disappointment is that rooted phones do not have access to movies. Google states that this is due to DRM issues, and it wouldn’t be the first time we have seen root users punished for wanting to use their device how they see fit.
If you don’t want to jump into the new market from a download you can wait for Google to send an update to your phone. This is a minor update, so it should come across pretty fast for most devices.
Google Market Summer 2011 Update Overview Video
Via Android Police