If you are having trouble finding the DUI Roadblock app that Google (and Apple) are busy defending on Capitol Hill today to Senator Chuck Schumer, then chillax because Google has just updated the Android Marketplace with 5 new ways to discover any one of their 200,000 apps a little easier. After having 4.5 billion apps downloaded, Google will make the next 5 billion easier to find by adding an Editors Choice, Top Developers, New top app charts, better related apps, and trending apps as new ways to sort through the apps to find what you want.
- New top app charts – We’ve revamped our top app charts to be fresher and country-specific, so you get the most current, relevant results. We’ve also added top new free, top new paid, and top grossing lists, all right on the Android Market home page.
- Editors’ Choice – These are some of the very best apps available for Android, as chosen by the Android Market staff. They span everything from games to productivity and beyond.
- Top Developers – We’re also recognizing those developers creating the highest quality, most popular, and most notable apps available on Android Market. They’ll get a special icon on our Android Market website, appearing wherever the developer name is shown, starting today for an initial set of over 150 developers.
- Better related apps – On the left side of an app page, you’ll now see two groups of related apps: apps frequently browsed by people who viewed this app, and apps that people tend to install alongside this app. For example, people who view ScoreMobile, my favorite sports score app, often also view other sports score apps, while those who install ScoreMobile tend to also install apps for specific sports leagues or teams. We’ll also show you related apps once you decide to install an app.
- Trending apps – Finally, we’ve added a new section to the Android Market homepage showing trending apps – those apps that are quickly growing in daily installs. Look here to stay ahead of the curve and find new apps as they get hot.
These new features are available at http://market.android.com only for right now and will be making their way soon to phones and tablets.