Archive for: market

Get The Revamped Android Market Now!

  • July 12, 2011 9:51 pm


Taking a liking to the new Android Market Google unveiled earlier tonight? You’re not alone. It finally looks the part of modern app store. The only problems we see are the 2.2+ requirement and several week rollout phase. But when there’s a will there’s a way (and a way there is).

Simply point your browser right over here (Mediafire) and get the latest Google has to offer. And yes, even going the manual route you’ll still need Android 2.2. If you don’t meet that requirement it’s either time to root or upgrade. *Don’t forget to enable the sideloading of apps!

Let us know how the new Android Market treats you. Download a bood. Watch a movie. Soak it all in.

Google Updates Android Market With Revamped UI, New Movie And Book Downloads!

  • July 12, 2011 7:24 pm


Android 2.2+ users will be seeing some fresh paint roll out to their phones over the next several weeks. Besides a much cleaner, modern look, the revamped Android Market now features movie and book downloads too!

Movie downloads in particular will work across devices (desktop and mobile). All that’s needed is a google account to log into. Likewise, books are able to be shared amongst devices as they’re tied to your Google account and not a specific piece of hardware.

While Android users might not like to hear it (and it’s already been said quite a bit online), Google’s new Android Market revamp looks like it borrowed a few design cues from frenemies up north *cough* WP7 *cough*. Hey, you don’t hear us complaining…

The new Android Market will be rolling out over the next several weeks via automatic update to supported phones (Android 2.2+).

Android Market Stats: 1 Billion Apps Downloaded In Past 60 Days. 4.5 Billion To date.

  • June 29, 2011 11:11 am


According to Google’s mobile advertising sales director, Europe Ian Carrington, the Android Market has doled up 1 billion app downloads in the last 60 days. For comparison’s sake, hitting the initial 1 billion mark took a full two years. Currently the total number of Android Market app downloads totals over 4.5 billion.

You can also add the claim by Android chief Andy Rubin that Android sees 500,000 new activations per day as further evidence to Android’s unstoppable growth.

With all that said, you can use the facts listed above in your next argument with people who think Android is slowing down — in any form.

Google Blocking Rooted Devices From Android Market Movie Rentals

  • May 21, 2011 8:19 pm

As Android 3.x rolls out to more devices, users are going to have some pretty hard choices to make. A new change in the Android Market help document spells bad news for rooted users. As it stands now, owners of rooted devices cannot access the new movie rentals section of the Android Market. It’s blocked.

While we can understand (just barely we might add) the piracy side of things that all of the added features a rooted device offers, it’s a cop out at best. In reality, however, it’s unfortunate. Two of the biggest reasons people root their “open” devices is to remove the various pieces of carrier and manufacturer bloatware as well as install the latest version of Android.

The ignorance and incompetence of major movie studios never cease to amaze us here at GS. Their influence and reach touches vast areas of the global economy to sickening levels. Hopefully Google wises up to the fact that grouping Android enthusiasts and movie pirates into the same group is a terrible business model.

With all that said, will blocked movie rentals via the Android Market keep you from rooting your Android device?

Android Market Reaches 150,000 Apps And Counting.

  • February 16, 2011 6:48 am

9 months ago, the Android market contained less than 50,000 apps. Fast forward to the present and that number has risen, dramatically. The latest word from Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, puts the current number at just over 150,000 — a 3x in crease! No, it’s still a far cry from Apple’s 300,000+, but we’ll take it nonetheless.

While Apple hit 150,000 apps back in February of 2010, iOS and the App Store has (1) been around longer and (2) featured a web store (iTunes) that users can browse through the vast library of apps with. Up until just a few weeks ago, Android didn’t have the latter meaning sifting through each and every app had to be done on your phone. Now that the tables are more level, we expect to see Android’s popularity and app count increase accordingly.

Android Market Web Store Now Live!

  • February 3, 2011 7:11 am


Browsing the full 200,000+ suite of Android apps via your phone isn’t the easiest or most intuitive thing in the world. The biggest obstacle is the small size of the screen. But small screens are a problem no more. The Android Market Web Store is now live. Simply point your desktop or laptop browser to market.android.com and enjoy a much larger, quicker Android Market experience. What do you think so far?

Swype Reopens Android Beta With Latest Update. #swype

  • December 20, 2010 6:17 pm


Today, popular Android keyboard, Swype, was once again updated with performance improvements and bug fixes aplomb. And with the update comes a fresh wave of open betas available to end users. All you have to do is point your browser over to http://beta.swype.com/ and download the appropriate files. One important note for users with Swype pre-installed from your carrier — DO NOT install the beta. It won’t work and your phone may or may not continue working afterwards.

With the particulars out of the way, we’d highly suggest that if it’s a Swype beta you seek, that point your browser to the link above before things get closed downagain. Let us know how it goes for you!

New Android Marketplace Leaked. Available to All! #android

  • December 11, 2010 2:09 pm


Fancy the new Android Marketplace that was revealed last night but don’t want to wait the “few weeks” that was quoted? Thankfully we have communities of people like XDA to help us. The new Android Marketplace has been ripped from a test ROM and made available in .apk form.

Besides the new look and slick new carousel animations, the .apk size limit has been raised up to 50MB. What that means is developers now have more room to stretch their legs. The end result: better, more rich games.

However, it’s not all roses. One feature that you will want to consider before installing is that the refund limit has been cut down quite a bit. From here on out, users will have 15 minutes to decided if they really want to keep that paid app or not. According to the official Android team, the shorter time limit has been imposed to help developers better manage their products and services. While understandable, from a consumer standpoint it’s a little disheartening that one of Android’s staple features is now less useful. I know there has been a few times where I’ve taken a few hours to fully test an app. Sometimes by choice, other times because life got in the way. Nonetheless, severely reducing the trial period of apps is a blow to one of Android’s core strengths.

The new Android Marketplace can be found over at MegaUpload, and requires a device running Android 2.2 or higher. Though at the time of writing, Cyanogen 6.1 ROM users are reporting some bugs. More information can be found at XDA Forums. The official rollout is due to begin soon, with all Android 1.6 devices getting the Android Market update before Christmas.

Google Releases Official Google Reader Android App. #android

  • December 1, 2010 4:09 pm

Android users who live and die by the RSS Feed unhappy and frustrated that they can’t find “the perfect” feed reader app now have another option. Today, Google released their *Official* Google Reader app for Android smartphones. On the surface, users will notice that it looks a lot like the Google Reader mobile web page, save for a slightly different header area. Feature-wise, sharing and saving articles for later operates in the same exact way, as do all of the other desktop functions G-Reader users have come to know and love.

Whether you’re a hardcore blogger or casual web browser, the new Google Reader app for Android is a no brainer. A couple screenshots lie in wait after the jump…