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Android Market gets updated


One of the things that users dislike most about Android is the Android Market. The almost lacking organization, the limited number of countries, from which application can be bought, the numerous applications that no one uses or that are on one and the same framework, just using different theme (for example a puzzle game by one and the same developer, split into tens of application about Disney characters, hot chicks, movie stars and so on) or some test applications, just showing “Hello World” on the screen, that some developers upload. All this lack of moderation or control really pisses off the users, but it seems that the things are changing.

First changes were some weeks ago, when Google has extended the list of countries, from which users can buy and sell their applications. Then the market itself was changed a bit, putting the comments in a separate tab, then adding a “Related” applications tab, together with the ability to automatically update an application when such exists.  But that’s not all. The Market is getting a new update these days with many new features (for some of which the developers were warned some weeks ago).

The changes are as follow:

  • The details page for every app will now utilize and display the app’s “Promotional Graphic” assets at the top.
  • Users will be able to filter applications by content rating – All, Pre-Teen, Teen and Mature
  • Reduce of the purchase refund window to 15 minutes.
  • Increase of the maximum size for .apk files to 50MB, from the current 25MB.
  • Market will support filtering based on screen sizes and densities, as well as on GL texture compression formats. Filtering is based on <compatible-screens> and <uses-gl-texture> elements in an app’s manifest. (this is mostly for the developers)
  • New dynamic categories will be created – wallpapers and widgets and all applications that have a widget will be added to them.

In addition, the user interface of the market is changed as well, adding more curves and stylish transition between promoted apps.

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Winamp for Android is here

There are few people that like the built-in music player of Android OS and many of us are constantly looking for the perfect one. But one has some of the features we have desired, others have some other of the wanted features and the choice is hard. Now the best player for the computers – Winamp has its own beta version for Android, available for free on the Market.

Some of the most interesting features of Winamp for Android are:

  • Lockscreen widgetwhen playing, the player integrates with the lock screen, similar to the built-in media player.
  • Headset button controls – the player can be controlled by the buttons on your headset, showing pretty good behavior. A problem may arise if you receive an incoming call, but let’s not forget it is still a beta.
  • Wi-Fi and USB music sync – installing the latest version of Winamp on your computer will let you synchronize the music between your computer and Android device wirelessly or via a USB connection.
  • WiFi streaming from your Android to your desktop player – it works again with the latest beta version of Winamp for your computer. Pretty cool, going to a party and stream the music directly from your device.
  • Play queue support – this is one of the distinct features of the desktop Winamp. The android version let’s you pick the tracks’ order in which you want your music played and then you can even save it to a separate playlist.

Other features that need mentioning are the widget support, media control buttons on every screen of the application, nice and sleek interface,  ability to set a song as a ringtone via Winamp (just like in the built-in player) and ability to permanently delete a music file from your device. Of course there are some bugs like strange “SD Card error” while scanning the contents of the SD card, or interruption of the playback when a background sound occurs, but Nullsoft will surely fix this issues. And I’m anxious to see what else would surprise us in the next releases – probably a Shoutcast streaming support?

Scan the QR code bellow and test Winamp for Android beta.

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