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Android dev console changes tip hand for major Market overhaul

November 17, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android OS, Google

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All signs are pointing to a major overhaul of the Android Market coming in the very near future. We first reported to our Twitter followers last week that something big was coming to the market based on teasing comments from Google’s Tim Bray. Then Google sent word to developers that the console would be closed for six hours this Thursday for a planned maintenance, leading some to suspect that’s a precursor to Gingerbread being released. (Google CEO Eric Schmidt said it would arrive in “a few weeks”).

Now it seems even more likely change is coming based on tweaks to the console where developers go to manage their applications. The console now includes options for adding high resolution application icons, a featured graphic, and a promotional video. The web-friendly media and size parameter make it seem incredibly likely that Google will finally unveil the web-based Market that it showed off at Google I/O.

Back in May, Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra gave a short demo of a new Android Market that would be viewable online. The website featured high-quality graphics, the ability to install apps over the air, and was a dramatic improvement over the current Market website. Gundotra said at I/O that this feature would be available by the end of the year, and the deadline for that to be true is fast approaching.

The inclusion of larger graphics and video in the developer console, as well as the recent drum-beating urging developers to update their apps, is a sign that we could finally see that website go live.

Fast forward to the 31:10 mark of this video to see a preview of what this new Market could look like.

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