Google has started to roll out device-compatibility checks in the Android Market app store.
When you visit an app's page in the Android Market, you'll soon see a compatibility chart on the left-hand side. The chart tells you which Android devices registered to your Google account are compatible with the app.
Although the Android Market has always displayed compatibility information, it has previously been difficult to know for certain whether an app you're contemplating downloading will work flawlessly on your device.
If the new feature works well, it'll be very useful. Users currently only havefor a refund. Unless the app simply refuses to run, that's nowhere near enough time to ensure it works correctly. Not all apps are eligible for refunds either.
It's going to be interesting to see how Google rolls this feature out given the huge number of Android apps and handsets available. Each app already shows which phone functions and Android features it harnesses, so it may be that Google will do a certain amount of educated guesswork. With in the Android Market, Google's not going to check each one individually.