Last Updated: May 29th, 2011

Ever since the Android web Market was launched, one of my main gripes with its UI (let's not talk about content discovery here) was screenshot navigation. There were 2 basic problems - you could not click Next or Previous as those buttons did not exist, and the only way to close a screenshot close-up was by finding and clicking a tiny X button.

Most modern "lightbox"-style galleries already solved the aforementioned problems by adding easy navigation buttons and allowing you to click anywhere on the screen to dismiss the close-up. Today, Google quietly did just that, and then some.

Here are the 5 new features I just spotted that weren't there this morning:

  • the Next and Previous buttons finally allow easy navigation
  • clicking on the close-up of a screenshot is equivalent to pressing Next
  • left and right keyboard arrow keys are equivalent to Previous and Next (hooray!)
  • the X button is gone - you can now close any image close-up by clicking anywhere on the screen
  • in-line rotation buttons which let you turn those occasional sideways images the right way

Here, have a look:


Visit your favorite app in the Market and check it out for yourself. Thank you, Google, for fixing my top web Market UI gripe and making my Friday even more enjoyable (after taking me out to lunch at the Googleplex earlier in the day).

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Duncan

    Haha, it looks like they forgot to update an image sprite;) The place where once was the market logo is now displaying arrows and droids

  • Peter

    Sorry but I can't see any of the changes you describe when I visit Android Market. Has the changes only been introduced in America or why do I still have the old pictures with a small X button and no Next and Previous buttons?

    • Duncan

      same here. the scrambled logo is gone by now though...

    • Peter

      Ok I just visited the market again just 5 minutes later and now the changes are there, nice.

  • Pip

    This bugged me silly as well. Glad to see it has been fixed!

  • Mattpyles

    Just press the back button, and you get out of the pictures. I don't know why that was a complaint.

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

      What back button? You realize we're talking about the desktop version of the Market, right? Are you talking bout the browser back button?

      • Chris

        Now it all makes sense. I was confused just as mattpyles was. I too thought you were talking about the market app. Although the back and forward arrows and the exit button would be useless, it'd be nice to have those rotate buttons.