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Sneak Peek at the Android Market and Music App

Tech From 10 reports that a test version of Android Market installed on their Galaxy S.

“At the time we had Market 2.3.4 installed — and our first instinct was to try and fix the error so we could download proper apps again. We simply couldn’t — we tried removing Market data, rebooting the phone several times, removing our Google account, uninstalling Market updates but we were always left with this odd test version of the Market.”

Visually the test Market is almost no different to the normal Market, save for the weird preview scroll bar at the top and the complete lack of paid apps or even the paid app section within the Market. Everything behaves exactly as you would expect for the Market.

The carousel of featured apps has been updated slightly, and apps now have a ‘Content rating,’ but that’s it (image after the break). The interesting bit, however, is the inclusion of alpha and beta apps — most notably, there’s a new version of the Music app, which looks like a scaled-down version of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb Music app (see right).



Also available from the test Android Market is ‘Google Gallery 3D New 10.2’, ‘Google – Camera v12’ and ‘Google Desk Clock 10’ — but, curiously, all of the apps refused to launch on Tech From 10’s Galaxy S (Vibrant) smartphone. Are they Honeycomb apps? Or, more likely, are they destined for the next Android smartphone OS, Ice Cream?

This music player feels very similar to the Gallery included from Android 2.1, with pop-ups, dynamic backgrounds and similar animations. It also includes the Google Music cloud service, however when we tapped to select our Google Account, no accounts were displayed so we couldn’t go further than that. However, playback is fine and during the short period of testing we experienced no force closes

If you want to try out the new Honeycombish Music app, Tech From 10 has made the APK available for download. You can also download the three Google apps (Gallery 10.2, Camera 12 and Clock 10).

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