Android Market web portal now open for business

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It’s been a far too long in the making, but there is now finally an official web destination that you can grab Android apps from. The Android Market (https://market.android.com) connects to your Google account and gives you the ability to selcet and purchase apps from the web and have them pushed as an over-the-air download to your handset.

Until now, all Android app purchases had to be bought from within the handsets own Android Market App, or sideloaded onto the phone’s memory from unofficial sources.

A tweet function lets you send out recommendations to your pals, links to which will open up a browser window from a PC or the Android Market app directly from an Android handset. The new portal alos brings with it the news that developers will be able to set specific prices for each region, rather than the often-fluctuating US dollar conversions currently live.

As for looks, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from an app store these days, a clean, app-icon filled interface that resembles Nokia’s Ovi Store as much as it does iTunes. We’ve had a few issues with certain apps not being sent straight to our handsets however, so there still seems to be some issues Google need to iron out.

Gerald Lynch

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