Google Play store redesign for Android phones and tablets running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above rolling out today.
The redesigned Play store version 4.0 is simple, clean and most importantly it helps you find great entertainment, fast. You can now quickly access album, latest bestseller, discover a new game to play, new experience of finding and making your purchase.
Collections are front and center on the homepage, helping users to quickly access and discover great content through recommendations and curated lists.
"Items in collections are now presented as cards, with a larger area for your app's graphics and a larger touch target for users."
The new design also focuses on bigger images that jump off the page. Similarly themed content is grouped together so you can hone in on a magazine to read or an app to try. As you move down the page, new recommendations continue to appear so there is always more to see and explore.
Also, the simplified purchasing lets breeze through checkout and get to enjoying your movie rental or other content. For developers, that sell in-app products, the new UI offers a dramatically simplified, dialog-based purchase flow that lets users buy products without leaving the context of the app.
"Your app remains active and visible behind the purchase dialogs. When the purchase is complete, users return directly to the place they left, without your app having to reconstruct its state. It's especially powerful when combined with In-app Billing v3, providing a faster and more reliable purchase flow," explains Google.
Also, Google in the month of February has removed over 60,000 mobile apps from its Play store. The apps were deleted because of Terms of Service violation, such as those spreading malware, infringing on others' copyrights, or those with graphic, sexual material.
A good number of the deleted apps were those in the MP3/ringtone category.
Google today confirms that its official count is still 700,000.
Google Search app for iOS version 2.5.2 update bring with it some improvements to voice search. According to the official iTunes page, users will have "faster and significantly improved voice recognition with text streamed on the fly."
- "Simply say what you want and get results without typing.
- Faster and significantly improved voice recognition with text streamed on the fly."
Grab the app iTunes App Store.
Update 04/10: Followed by movies and magazines--Australia gets Google Play Music.
"Our free music locker also means that you can add up to 20,000 songs from your existing music collection to Google Play instantly and listen to them from any computer or Android phone or tablet, even when you're offline," Google said.
On Google Play Music, you can find the latest releases from established Australian artists such as Delta Goodrem, Havana Brown and Lisa Mitchell.
In addition, Google is also introducing Google Play artist hub for Australia -- a platform for independent artists to sell their music directly to fans.
In the artist hub, "artists can create a profile, upload their music files, suggest a retail price, and sell their music on Google Play," informs Google.