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Friday, February 4, 2011

Google adds ability to search and download Android apps from the Desktop

Google announced today the general availability of the Android market for the Web. This means for the first time Android users are not restricted to searching the market from their device. Users are now able to search from an Web enabled machine capable of running a browser and gives the user the ability to tag the application for download to their Android powered device over the air. Note however this does not mean you can use the Android Web market to download Android apps to your desktop nor can they be used on your desktop.

This is a great step forward in market penetration from Google's perspective. Apple have run a similar site that links directly to iTunes for further details. Google's offering on the other hand provides details directly in the browser without the need for extra software.

Android Market on the Web

Starting today, 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.
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.
We are releasing the initial version of Android Market on the Web in English and will be extending it to other languages in the weeks ahead.
If you have applications published on Android Market, we encourage you to visit the site and review how they are presented. If you need additional information about what assets you should provide, please visit Android Market Help Center.
You can access Android Market on the Web at:
http://market.android.com/

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