Co-Written By Sherwinator and Jay Booshay
The Android Market is the major conduit for Android users to download applications for their smartphones and tablets. Every day, users download hundreds of thousands of apps a day. A few months ago, Android altered the user interface of its official market. The Android Market is now reminiscent to the design and layout of Windows Phone 7, in that it implements a “tiles” based system. Users can swipe their screen left, right, up, or down to reach different categories, whether they are top free apps, top paid apps, sports, news, entertainment, or any other genre of application.
Furthermore, this tile based system is now universal across Android OS 2.3 up to 4.0 on both smart phones and tablets. Even the Honeycomb (3.0) version is the same as the phone version, albeit in a slightly different layout, bridging the huge divide between OS 2 and 3 for Android.
The new tile system has been deemed controversial at best by critics. What was intended to be a simpler, yet more elegant user interface, in actuality, could be considered to be convoluted and based on an unnecessarily complicated hierarchal structure. In any event, the search feature still exists, and is probably the easiest method a user can utilize in order to find the app or type of app that they are looking for. The Android Market is by far the largest market for Android applications available, however, as of recent, several new markets are appearing on the internet which offer users unique advantages over the official Google Android Market.
The Amazon Market is the 2nd most frequently used market on Android devices. Offering a very similar total amount of apps and games, most of the apps in the Android Market are also in Amazon. However, Amazon offers a very enticing feature – the “one free app per day” in the market. Sometimes, Amazon offers apps up to $20 for free – a great deal for some of them. The apps are hit or miss each day, but generally, if you check every day, you will find some great deals.
However, I find the Amazon Market less user friendly that the related Android Market. The app pages are more complicated to search through and don’t offer all the info at once, requiring you to navigate to a different page. The Android Market has one page per app with all the pertinent information easily accessible.
Between these 2 markets, you should have no problem finding the apps that you want.
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