Android Market on the Web: Access the Market from Your Desktop
Article by George Norman
On 04 Feb 2011
If you don’t have an Android-powered device, then the Android Market is somewhat of a mystery to you. You may have heard about it, you may have read about it, but you couldn’t have accessed it since you don’t have an Android-powered device.

If until now you could only access the Android Market if you had and Android-powered device, like a Samsung Galaxy S or a Google Nexus S, things have changed as of this month, the month of February 2011. Mountain View-based search engine giant Google announced that computer users can access the Android Market online from their desktop.

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That’s great news for the users who did not have the chance to access the Android Market before. Here comes the great new for users who accessed it before, users who already have an Android-powered device – you can select an app on Android Market on the web and it will be downloaded to your mobile device.

“We have extended Android Market client from mobile devices to every desktop. Anyone can now easily find and share applications from their favorite browser. Once users select an application they want, it will automatically be downloaded to their Android-powered devices over-the-air,” explained Eric Chu, Group Manager for Android Platform.

So whether you’re a fan on Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Opera’s Opera, or Google’s own Chrome browser, you can easily access the Android Market from your desktop and even download apps to your Android powered-device. All you have to do is access Android Market on the web by going to market.android.com.

For now Android market on the web is available in just one language – English, of course. Erich Chu explained that support for other languages will be added “in the weeks ahead.”

“Android Market on the Web dramatically expands the discoverability of applications through a rich browsing experience, suggestion-guided searching, deep linking, social sharing, and other merchandising features,” added Chu.



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