Developed by Google, how to use Android Market is the starting point for anyone keen to get their hands on any of the 10,000 or so applications that are available for download. Android is an open source system, which means that anyone with the know-how can develop and then sell their own apps. There is, therefore, a huge range of options that vary wildly in quality and prices go from free to all the way up to £100 (the maximum amount allowed for an app). Applications cover everything from ways to do work while on the train, to games, music and art/creativity.
There are two ways that you can access new apps, using either your handset or a computer. The vast majority of Android handsets will have Market pre-installed, enabling you to use your phone to search for and access apps quickly and easily on the move.
How To Use Android Market
Alternatively, you can go online with a PC to http://market.Android.com and access the options there. The web page has a bigger, brighter interface, provides more information about what each app is able to do, how much space it’ll take up and which operating system it is compatible with. You can even share apps with friends using Twitter and read and post reviews of apps, warning other users of potential problems or dishing out praise wherever it’s due. Best of all, you can choose a new app and send it to your phone without involving any cables or connectors.
How To Use Android Market – Navigating Market
To make finding your way around Market easy, the apps are split into a number of areas; Featured (some of the favourites at that particular time), Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top Old Paid, Trending and Best Selling. Alternatively, if you know the name of the app you want you can put it into the search bar.
The apps themselves are split into 22 categories: (Comics, Communications, Finance, Health & Fitness, Medical, Lifestyle, Media & Video, Media & Audio, Photography, News & Magazines, Weather, Productivity, Business, Books & Reference, Education, Shopping, Social, Sports, Personalisation, Tools, Travel & Local and Libraries & Demo), while games are split into five (Arcade & Action, Brain & Puzzles, Cards & Casino, Casual and Sports). To simplify things, we’ve separated our reviews into five areas: Fun, Create, Connect, Knowledge and Office and we’ve put the sub-category at the top of the page, too.
But that’s enough reading. The best way how to use Android Market is to explore it for yourself, so grab your handset or PC and get browsing. We guarantee that you’ll find it exceedingly difficult to stop once you’ve started.
Market On Your Phone
Obviously, this is the way that Market is intended to be used and it really couldn’t be simpler. The easiest and most common way is to go into the app section of your phone, (you may need to sign into your Google mail account first) scroll down to the Market app and click on it (it’ll take a few seconds to load). This will then take you onto the front page of Market. You can then navigate using the carousel at the top, or the Apps, Games or My Apps sections. You can also set up your phone to keep you informed of any updates to your chosen apps by going into your phone’s menu, selecting its settings and then selecting Notify Me.
Market on your PC
To be able to send apps directly to your phone using your computer you will need to set up a Google account and add your phone to it. Log onto https://market.android.com and find your chosen app and then click on it. Click the Install button and a message should come up confirming that the app is on its way. It should arrive on your phone within a couple of minutes, depending on the size of the app. Clicking on the My Market Account link in the top right-hand corner of the page enables you to see any older apps that you have purchased or downloaded to make managing them easier.