Android Market Web Store – Google's web-based Android Market tool

Finally, Google has announced the arrival of a way to discover and install apps for Android phones directly through the internet. And yes, the Android Market Web Store is a full service that lets users buy and install apps through a desktop computer.

This is a big day for Android.

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The new desktop web purchasing system supports multiple devices, so you’re able to ping your purchased apps to the Android phone or tablet of your choice.

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Apps will download directly to your phone automatically, with a Notification appearing on your phone and the app beginning to download itself. You can browse, sort by popularity, emails links – it’s a proper thing!

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This is the new web-based app description page. The Google man has said this update should roll out TODAY – but it’s not showing at time of writing. Keep refreshing http://www.android.com/market and see when it pops up.

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This is the My Account page, where you can set up devices and change your default settings.

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  1. Rik Hemsley

     /  February 2, 2011

    Good, but it’s typical of Google to fuck it up somewhat. They can’t seem to provide a seamless experience.

    Example: I browsed to http://market.android.com/details?id=apps_topselling_free&start=12&num=12

    Then I clicked the INSTALL link next to Bubble Buster.

    The store tells me I have to sign in to process, then takes me to a familiar looking Google sign in page. I type my password, hit Submit, and am taken to:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=apps_topselling_free&start=12&num=12&rdid=com.skitapps.bubblebuster

    The SSL cert handed out is for *.google.com

    So I now see a warning on a bright red background, reading:

    This is probably not the site that you are looking for!
    You attempted to reach market.android.com, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as *.google.com. This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or by something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and potentially harmful) version of market.android.com. You should not proceed.

    Guess which well known browser I’m using?

    I suppose they did me a favour. I realised I’ll never bother to play the game and installing it will cause messages like ‘I was of space, so I rejected some SMS for you. You’ll never know who sent them or what they were about.’

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    • Gary C

       /  February 2, 2011

      I think it’s all a bit bollocksed at the moment and that’s not representative of the actual user experience.

      I just made it work OK and the app auto-downloaded onto my phone without any issues.

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