Google has announced that the Android Marketplace is getting a refresh, but it’s not all about looks. This time they’re focusing on how easy it is to find applications and games within the marketplace app. As Android grows they must find new ways to make sure relevant content rises to the top. Especially since they’re also pushing movie rentals that start at $1.99 for U.S. customers.
Basically, the marketplace is your go to spot for any content you’d like to buy/rent for your Android device. This includes books, movies, and of course, apps. Books and movies are purchased through the marketplace, but are actually consumed through their respective apps.
A definite plus is that Google created a Videos app, so you can download movies for offline playback, and not just when you’re connected.
On Google’s blog they say that you can consume books, or movie rentals from the web, phone, or tablet devices, and with no wires. However, I’m not sure how you would playback movie rentals over the web at this time. If your Android device has video out you’ll be fine, but playing over the web is something I can’t confirm.
From The Google Mobile Blog:
Like movie rentals, books are linked to your Google account, so they’re instantly available across all of your devices – computer, phone, or tablet – without the need for wires or downloads.
Android users that are running 2.2+ will be upgraded to the new marketplace automatically. For those impatient few that can’t wait — head over here to get the marketplace upgrade before it rolls out.