Google held a press event this week to launch the web-based Android Market and demonstrate the new features of the upcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb release. Below is the summary of the announcements:
- Android Market web site is now live at market.android.com. This is a welcome (and long-awaited) improvement of the Android Market which allows searching Android apps in your favorite web browser. Once you login to your Market account, apps can be instantaneously installed over-the-air to your Android devices with a single click. Account information also shows a history of purchased and installed apps.
- API for in-app billing was announced. Once officially launched by the end of the quater, it will allow billing transactions to occur from within Android apps and be tracked in the Android Market account.
- 10.1″ Motorola Xoom tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb was demonstrated. Some of the new features included: redesigned UI with new notification system, Youtube video wall, gtalk with video chat, new Google Books app, and new music player, gmail and camera apps redesigned for the the tablet screen resolution. Few of the Honeycomb screenshots:
Video of this event is available on youtube: