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Last Updated: September 14th, 2012

Update 2: eBay has acknowledged the issue, and given a statement:

By now, you have probably noticed that we experienced an issue with the latest version of our Android app. As a result, we have temporarily replaced the latest version with the previous one. We value our customers and regret any inconvenience. Delivering the very best shopping experiences to our customers is our goal – anywhere, anytime and on any device.

Thank you,

eBay Mobile Team

Update: The app has been rolled back to version 1.8, presumably because of bugs, and in order to implement eBay's new logo.

 

I've been using the official eBay for Android app for some time now, and I have to say, it's never been a pretty thing. And it hasn't always worked too well. But, I never really had any major gripes with it - for such a complex service, the app does do a lot. Today, though, eBay updated its app to version 2.0, bringing along some major visual changes and a few new features.

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The main screen now uses space a little more efficiently (and drops the useless title bar from the old version of the app), and includes a direct link to eBay motors front and center. Browse by categories has been moved to the list of various actions below the three featured buttons. The new Motors interface is undoubtedly the star of the show, though:

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It's asphalt. And it's awful.

The, uh, interesting choice of a textured background doesn't exactly increase readability, but it does let you know this a brand-new section of the app. You can add your vehicle (for part searches), watch videos (yes, eBay motors has videos), and of course browse cars. The item view interface hasn't really changed (you still have to tap two or three times to get anywhere), which is a bit sad. The app itself does seem a bit faster, too. Here are some other noteworthy changes from the changelog:

  • Find cars, trucks, motorcycles as well as compatible parts and accessories with the mobile-optimized eBay Motors experience (US only, more countries coming soon)
  • Improved My eBay list access
  • Simplified navigation throughout the app
  • View bidding history on an item
  • Add up to 12 photos when listing an item with the app
  • Users in Italy and Spain can now list items with the app
  • Payment support for Malaysia and Singapore

Hit up the Play Store to download it now.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Laurence

    Using a tarmac-textured background on a section about cars? What it is this, web design circa 1995?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    It's mostly an improvement and it's nice to eBay trying to stick to Google's official UI design scheme, though the asphalt texture is really visually off-putting and reading the text through it is a little difficult (as mentioned by Laurence).

    And for teh lulz I will mention that the black squiggle that censors out the username is also tacky! :-P

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

    Well, that's dumb. Mine was fine in 2.0, but now that eBay reverted it, it FCes constantly in 1.8. And when I restored to 2.0 via TB, it wouldn't let me run it saying
    there's a new version and quitting.

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