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Last Updated: December 4th, 2010

Update: Looks like it's not We're not sure if it's the Flash update that does it - that was just a coincidence for Brian and utcarbs (update: And Bateluer in the comments). We're also not sure which phones this is affecting... I've tried updating Flash on my EVO, as well as uninstalling and reinstalling, to no avail. --Aaron

Update #2: As I expected, this is definitely not related to Flash. I updated Flash yesterday and didn't get the new tab. Today, I updated some random programs and the tab showed up. I'm pretty sure the Market UI is server-side, so checking the Market app's version does not help (my /system/app/Vending.apk is 1.82). I suspect all it takes for the switch to be flipped is some metadata change somewhere where the Market stores it, triggered by a random app update. --Artem

Update #3: Try this solution to force the new tab to show up.

As you may have noticed in the Gingerbread video found earlier on the Google Hong Kong account, there was a new tab in the Android Marketplace showing similar applications. We presumed it would make an appearance with the release of Gingerbread itself, but an XDA member noticed that they had it on their own Nexus One, running CyanogenMod. The poster, utcarbs, had just updated his Flash Player to the latest version, which seemed to trigger the tab's appearance. Having just done the same process on my own Nexus One, I can confirm this new feature's availability:

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Flash Player was updated only 6 hours ago according to AppBrain, so there will be plenty of Android 2.2 users out there yet to grab the latest version. Go out there and get it guys, and let us know if the Similar tab is appearing for you too.

Source: XDA-Developers

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com alchemist007

    I have a Nexus One with stock ROM and I updated my Flash, but still see only 2 tabs! Any idea why?

    • Brian O’Toole

      What version is your Market?

      • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com alchemist007

        My Version 2.12, is there a later release of Market?

        • Brian O’Toole

          Mine is only 1.82!

  • Grift

    Updating Flash player made no difference here.

  • wirbly

    No dice for me either. N1, stock ROM. I think it may just be a coincidence as I can't see how updating flash would force the market app to update.

  • wwwouter

    Does not appear in Dutch Market!

    HTC Desire 2.2 Original HTC Rom

  • Neil Phillips

    Stock EVO. No additional Tab.

  • Bateluer

    Maybe its a 2.2.1 thing? I see it after updating my Droid 1's Flash, currently have Cyanogenmod 6.1 RC5.

  • Narwhal

    ...

    At least wirbly seems to have a brain.

    You all do understand that the Flash APK even *touching* the Market APK would be an extremely huge vulnerability, right?

    • Brian O’Toole

      Sure. There's a difference between enabling and adding, though. This update may act as a trigger, as weird as it may seem. Three people updating their Flash and subsequently immediately seeing the new tab is odd, no? Open to alternative explanations, though.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        I think what's much more likely is that by opening the Market app to update Flash, they caused the Market to auto-update.

  • rTiGd2

    Perhaps it's a new manifest option? Or even a new option in the developer console?
    I suspect it's a combination of something on the phone, together with something to do with the details of the application itself?

    HTC Desire not rooted (but updated) - No new tab for me after the update here either.

  • thunder2k

    Hi, I can confirm that I get the new similar tab. I have the auto update flag for all my apps, so I can't say if it appeared after updating flash. I'm running CyanogenMod RC1 on Nexus One.
    Bye!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      What's your Market version?

      • thunder2k

        My market version is 1.82

  • Omeed

    I have a Tmobile G2 running stock Froyo with the updated flash, but still only 2 tabs

  • Omeed

    If you have stock rom you won't get it, you can see that everyone that see the tabs are running Cyanogen..

  • http://blog.iangclifton.com Ian G. Clifton

    I didn't have it yesterday, so I tried updating Flash, but that didn't do anything. I updated all my other apps, nothing. I forced closed the Market app and then cleared the cache and reopened it, but nothing changed.

    This morning I wake up and I have a "Related" tab (rather than "Similar"). Market version is 2.1.2, but it didn't change from yesterday to today.

    Nexus One 2.2.1 FRG83D

    • http://androidpolice.com Brian O’Toole

      Ian, can you try issuing a $stat /system/app/Vending.apk for me? My market (1.82) apk hasn't been modified in over a month yet the similar tab still appeared for me after the Flash update.

      • http://blog.iangclifton.com Ian G. Clifton

        Unfortunately, it's not rooted (kept as totally stock testing device), so I get a permission denied error if I try to use stat.

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    Quote from FierceMobileContent: "Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is quietly rolling out a new Android Market ‘Similar' tab designed to recommend applications to consumers based on their browsing and shopping habits. Installed next to the ‘About' and ‘Comments' tabs on each Android Market app page, the ‘Similar' feature lists related applications based on assorted criteria--for example, the Google Goggles app page suggests other Google solutions like Google Translate alongside MoDaCo's G2 Google Goggles Remover and Padge's Beer Goggles, complete with pricing information, user ratings and an "Installed" tag for apps already downloaded to the user's smartphone."

    For me on a stock Nexus 1, the change showed up after a power cycle on the phone. everything else I tried did not work.

  • Jim

    Updating flash doesn't seem to have much to do with it. Like Ian, I'm running a stock N1 (2.2.1 FRG83D), unrooted. Haven't updated flash, and my Market app is v2.1.2.

    As of this morning, I'm seeing the "Related" Tab.

  • dreamdirepriest

    Running Cyanogenmod 6.1 RC2 on N1. Saw the "similar" market tab today. Market version 1.82.

  • Ex

    Go to Manage your applications and get to Market App and then clear data. Re-start the Market, should ask you to accept the terms and new tab should show up. Done on the HTC Evo.

    • limgad

      works on the HTC Desire (on a MIUI ROM)

    • http://www.TheInformNation.com Eric

      This method worked for me.

      HTC Incredible
      CM 6.1 Nightly #164

    • RB

      "Related" tab showed up with this method on my Evo.

    • GSN

      Worked for me too..
      THANKS

  • tke693

    as of ten minutes ago saw the "related" tab in the market stock dinc 2.2

  • HossUK

    Yep worked for me on my nexus one running stock froyo FRG83D here in Malta, where we have no paid apps.

  • mike

    it works.. after clear data. droid2 running fussion

  • Shinsen

    Interesting, I have a "Related" tab rather than a "Similar" tab, though I'm sure they do the same thing. Regional difference, perhaps?

    It's also a bit buggy, had it force-close the market a few times when entering the "Related" section from a notification (download in progress) and then clicking on "Related".

    In-case you're wondering; (UK) HTC Desire, 2.2 stock firmware, Market version 2.12.

  • vernon

    Clear market cache,force close and then restart your device...should see related or similar..can confirm that this works for me...all the way in south Africa.desire on 2.2

    • http://briancrook.ca/android Brian

      Nice tip...worked on my CM6.1-RC1 Nexus and a co-worker's CM6.0 HTC Magic.

  • Will

    I had to do it twice to make it work, but I now have the ' similar' tab!

  • Ian

    I don't update my Flash Player, but I got new tab "Related" instead of "similar".

    HTC desire with stock rom 2.2

  • wicked six

    I've had that tab for 3 days now. Right around when my flash player updated. D1 on UD2.1.0.

  • Scooter

    On my stock rooted Evo, I didn't have to clear data. A simple force stop & restart got my related tab.

  • Chowlala

    Go to Applications > Show Running > Select Market > Clear Data.

    Reopen the Market, and voila. New tab should be there. =)

    Thanks for the update fix, you should confirm the fix.

    (It works. At least for me)

    Rooted Nexus One. CM6.1 RC2.