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Google enhances Android Market discovery

Google has updated the PC browser portal for its Android Market, with new discovery tools to filter and surface apps in the 200,000-strong database of applications.

Google has updated the PC browser portal for its Android Market, introducing a range of new discovery tools to filter and surface apps in the 200,000-strong database of applications.

The new Editor's Choice category lists apps hand-picked by Google staff. (Credit: Screenshot by Joseph Hanlon/CBSi)

Complementing the existing Top Free and Top Paid filters, Android Market now shows Top Grossing apps, Top New Free and Top New Paid. These lists reflect the most downloaded apps in each category, but are also localised so that geographically relevant apps should be highlighted where applicable. Google staff will also contribute their suggestions in a new Editor's Choice category. Perhaps more interesting still is the new Trending Apps category, a frequently updating list of apps that are experiencing a sharp rise in popularity.

Discovery within each app's description page has also been enhanced. Before, this page would link you to other apps by the same developer; now, this page also displays lists of apps that other users have viewed, and a separate apps list that these users have actually installed.

Android users with keen vision will also spot a new blue-coloured icon beside the name of trusted developers. This Top Developer icon signifies a dev team that has contributed great apps in Google's eyes, a plaudit earned by roughly 150 developers so far.

These enhancements are currently live for users accessing the store via market.android.com, though Google is expected to roll out these changes to tablets and phones in the coming months.