Google today announced a huge set of changes to the Android Market site and a new Android Market app all aimed at helping users discover new and better apps.
The changes to the Android Market were announced at Google I/O and focus on raising the discoverability of new apps and apps that might match a users preferences. Most of the changes were launched today on the Android Market site, though the new Android Market app has yet to be released.
From tuning the lists that are there to including new ones, the top app lists are getting an overhaul. New lists will include recent top free and paid apps — newer apps that are selling well, top grossing app lists (taking a cue from Apple on that one), and overall trending apps. The current lists will be tuned to take into account more of what apps people are actually using.
In addition, Google has started an Editor’s Choice list of apps. These are apps chosen by Google as the favorites of employees. Also a distinguished developer tag has been applied to the listings from developers that Google deems the best developers on the market.
Google made the announcement that US downloads have fallen overall to just 50% of total downloads. This underscores the importance of international markets to app developers. In addition, 99 new countries will get access to paid downloads.
App size has been an issue for some developers such as GPS and game developers. But now Google has upped the size limit to a whopping 4GB. That should be enough for just about any GPS app.
(Ed. note: This should be the end of apps on the Market that are just frontends for downloading the necessary game data, like EA’s games and Dungeon Defenders: First Wave)
We should see the new Market app launch soon. We don’t know what exactly will be included or when it will launch, but there’s plenty of room for improvement for the Market site and the app, so any change will be welcome.