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2011-02-02 13h36_57

Oh yes, those juicy rumors about an online version of the Market were true - the "Android Market Web Store," as Google is calling it, is accessible now via market.android.com.

2011-02-02 13h36_57 2011-02-02 13h39_03 2011-02-02 13h41_29

As you can see, a list of featured/best selling games populates the front page, along with a list of categories, a "Sign in" button (which, at the time of this writing, leads to an 'invalid request error'), and a "Search" function. Once you click on one of the apps, you are taken to a page somewhat like the one in the second screenshot, with a description, links to "Overview," "User Reviews," "What's New," and "Permissions" on top, as well as a list of related apps on the left side and a QR code and a "Tweet" button on the right side. Searching for an app brings you to a page similar to the one in the third screenie - nothing too amazing, but functional and easy to navigate nonetheless.

Update: See that "Install" button in the second screenshot? Well, thanks to its magic, you'll be able push your favorite app from your computer's web browser directly to your Android phone/tablet, just as we saw at Google I/O 2010. Unfortunately, we can't try this out for ourselves yet, since that nasty "Sign in" bug is still there.

Update 2: The "Sign in" bug is no more, and we will be posting our hands-on impressions of the Web Market shortly.

We'll keep you updated as we get more on the Android Market Web Store - in the meantime, enjoy youtube.com/android - I hear something exciting is going down there.

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Hy

    I can't believe this day has finally arrived. Still can't sign in but looks like everyone is having the same problem. OTA installs is what gets me excited the most.

  • Jason Hanford-Smith

    OTA installs... Appbrain Fast Web Installer anyone?

    A bit cheeky that Google would mod Froyo to kill Appbrain's OTA install and then introduce it themselves

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

      Well, Google closed a security hole that Appbrain was [ab]using and did it securely via the new Web Market. Quite expected, to be honest. They should offer a mechanism to do the same for 3rd party sites though.

  • Malcolmest

    I just got the sign in error but when I went back to the page I was signed in. I then successfully installed Pandora OTA. Within 30 seconds my phone started the download!

  • Kyle

    I'm trying to install Gun Bros. from the website, but when I select my device it is grayed out and has a message "Your devices content rating filter is incompatible with this item". I don't ever remember setting a content filter. Any ideas how to remove this?

    • Jason Hanford-Smith

      Downloaded no problem for me.

      I also didn't set up any rating filter.

      --DroidX

  • Scooter

    I tried to push an app from the website about an hour ago, and I'm still not getting it on my phone. Anyone have time-ranges of how long it takes? Do you have to have the market app actually open to get the push?

  • Jason Hanford-Smith

    When testing Gun Bros (see above), it started downloading almost immediately (5 seconds max)

    • Scooter

      Was your phone just on, or were you in the market app?

      • Jason Hanford-Smith

        Phone was just on when the install worked.

        New test I just performed:
        - Turn off phone
        - Go to market web site and install "GPS Test"
        - It says "OK"
        - Start phone. Nothing happens
        - Start market on phone
        - Go to My apps, GPS Test is NOT there
        - Close out of Market app (back, back)
        - On web site, GPS Test shows as Installed :)
        - Click on Install again
        - GPS Test downloads and installs

        Seems a little flakey... will just reboot again and see what happens when I install after the phone settles down WITHOUT loading Market app

    • Scooter

      I've tried two different GPS apps and Gun Bros (which at least Jason has had work), and I'm getting nothing on my Evo. I've tried with the market app open, closed, phone on & in standby... guess it'll take a day or few to get the bugs worked out.

      • Jason Hanford-Smith

        OK, restarted phone... let it get to idle.

        Checked running applications (Settings/Applications/Manage Applications/Running tab) and Market is already in there. I have not started it manually.

        This is as expected.

        Anyway, I then proceeded to install via the web site the "GPS OnOff" widget.

        Clicking the Install button forced the phone to immediately download the widget.

        It seems you do NOT have to have Market UI loaded in order for installs to work, although, based on my earlier findings, you may need the phone on.

        Sorry I can't help further as it seems to work for me.

        • Scooter

          Thanks for your help, but I'm still getting nothing. Oh well. In due time, I suppose.

        • Coldman

          I got the same thing for 2 apps I tried installing. They downloaded instantly but didn't install. It took about an hour for them to actually install, with me running around the phone and entering the Market in and out. Weird stuff.

  • http://mrmaza.my Azam

    not available in Malaysia, even the free apps... sigh, what is the purpose Google open their office here btw...

  • James

    When I click "install" it says "There are no Android devices associated with this account" which is nonsense as Chrome to Phone push works perfectly.

  • http://www.glowingpixel.com/ Michael Jordan

    Doesn't seem to allow sign-in from Google Apps accounts, which is the account with which I set up my phone. Even though I purchase apps with a separate "linked" Gmail account (Google Apps accounts can't purchase Market apps either, oy), my device is not listed when logging in with those credentials. Any word on this?

  • Ron H in Schenectady

    Strange, but I have a Tab and a Droid Pro. It installs immediately on the Tab but never installs on the Droid Pro. :-(

  • http://vritesh.com ritesh

    thanks for the good article , i realy love to read it , thanks