Google launches Android Market on the web

Darren Allan

Google has taken the wraps off a new site which puts the Android Market on the web.

Now instead of having to browse the market chock full of apps and games on your handset, you can do so on your desktop computer.

The web-based market features a slick looking iTunes-style interface, and a search function to help you locate the apps you want with a minimum of fuss. The search gives you a number of options, allowing to sort by relevance or popularity, and whether the app is free or paid-for.

The top apps in all categories are highlighted, whether free or paid, and Google has “featured” apps on display on the front page too.

The really handy bit about the new Android Market page is that unlike iTunes, no software installation is necessary. The marketplace is entirely cloud based, so you can make your purchases online and they’re sent straight to your mobile.

The Android Market reportedly boasts around 200,000 apps, a number which seriously shot up in the last quarter of 2010. The figure was just 100,000 at the end of October.

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