The Market application that comes pre-installed on the majority of Android mobiles, is allowing users to connect to the Android Market, the online application store, from where to download various applications. When connecting to Android Market, users will have to log in with a Google account and user name. At present, Android Market is counting more than 380.000 available applications, and more than 10 billion downloads.
Google is offering with the last released version 3.3.11 of Android Market, more improved features, as the ability to set all the applications to be updated automatically by default, to update only over Wi-Fi, and to create automatically for the new installed apps shortcuts, that are added to the home screen of the Android device. In addition to the updates features, the last version of Android Market is also allowing to search the market by voice, to update the home screen after apps were downloaded, and to see the app's ratings before proceeding with the download. In the case of the applications that are requesting new permissions, these will still have to be updated manually.
Even if the last updates made to the Android Market are not so revolutionary, this auto update feature was considered a major step ahead in front of Apple's App Store. Previously, Android users have had the possibility to auto-update the apps individually, but this new setting will apply the auto-update to all apps installed on the Android devices. In order to avoid data overage changes, users can also update only over Wi-Fi. Additional changes are including the auto-add options for shortcuts on the home screen, when new apps are installed, a command button by voice added in the search menu, the possibility to view the start rating chart in the information provided for the app, and smaller fonts.
The Android Police has warned Honeycomb users that there are still some auto-update issues with the new Android Market version, so updating the tablets can be made on their own risk.
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