Thursday, July 14, 2011

Android 101.04: The Android Market

You’re thinking, “I know what the Market is. I’m not THAT silly.” I’m glad you know that, but this is about what you can do with the Market. Think about this more of a mildly advanced tip guide. Free apps, Computer Market, the cool little things that take most people a few weeks to figure out you’ll be able to learn in about a minute!

While you should explore the Market for yourself, these are nice little tips that are helpful to know.

The Market on your Computer
Something you should know about is that the Market is available online. Visit and you can browse the Android App Store online (this is my preferred method). This is nice because it’s slightly easier to navigate than the one on your phone. You press install (or buy) on the web page and you can see the app instantly download on your phone. Cool, huh?
Manually Check for Updates
Your phone only checks for updates every now and then. If you think an update is out (or are just OCD about these things) you can check for yourself. Hit menu while on the Market and select “My Apps.” Here you can manually see if your apps want to be updated or not and manage them.
That Scrolling Bar at the Top is Useful
While a lot of those apps are paid to be put up there, Google often puts apps that are also just doing incredibly well. If everyone and their mother has been downloading an app for a few days it will show up there. Just keep an eye for ones that look like they could peek your interest
Get Apps for Free
If you’re one of those people who can’t buy apps (there are reasons, despite what many people will say*), realize that a lot of apps come in pairs with Android. A paid app that has no ads, and a free one that does have ads. If you like things free, download the former and turn off the internet when you play the game. Yes, if you disable your mobile internet while playing angry birds you’ll be able to see everything on the screen.
*realize you should still support developers. You want the Android Market to compete with the iOS App Store in terms of number of apps and quality? Make sure that people who develop apps for the Android ecosystem feel loved. If they do they’ll keep developing and invite their friends. If you spend $100+ on a phone, why should it matter that you spend .99 on an app?

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