Books and Moivies come to Market

Google's Android mobile operating system may have overtaken Apple's iOS in terms of market share for smartphones, but there are many areas where it lags behind in terms of ease of use. And one of the worst has traditionally been one of the most important - the Android app store, known as Market.

Unlike Apple's App Store, which is sleek and fun to use, Google's has traditionally been a bit of a mess, with (ironically coming from Google) poor search functions and not enough information on the apps. Well, Google have just released an update to the Android Market which tidies things up quite a bit. As they explain in a blog post:

'You’ll be delighted to find we’ve overhauled Android Market to make it faster, easier, and more fun to discover great apps, movies, and books. We’ve created more space to feature some of the most interesting content of the week on the home page. We’ve added more top charts, with newer, more relevant items, and we’ve made it easy to swipe through these charts as you browse the store. We’ve also introduced new collections of great content, like staff picks and Editors’ Choice apps.'

What was that about movies and books? Well, yes, this isn't just a refurbishment. Google have brought their new movie rentals service, launched in the Spring on Android tablets, to phones, along with their e-books service. You can now rent a film or buy something to read right from the Market and start reading or watching right away. And you can download films to watch offline even when you've got no mobile connection.

Except, you can't. Because the new book and movie features are US-only for now. Boo! Oh well, all good things come to Europe... eventually...

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