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Google’s Android Market will undergo some changes in the coming weeks according to Android Group Manager, Eric Chu.

All devices running version 1.6 or higher of Google’s mobile operating system will receive the new version, which is reportedly already going live. Cosmetic updates include a new Cover Flow-style carousel for featured applications, no more tabs on application pages and new categories for Live Wallpapers and Widgets.

Other changes to the marketplace include reducing the refund time available after purchasing an app from the current 24 hours to just 15 minutes. Google claims that the change was based on analytics, and that most refunds occur within the first few minutes of downloading an app.


Eric Chu commented in a blog post: “This change will be largely transparent to buyers, but will help developers manage their businesses more effectively.”

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Google is also doubling the maximum application size of its Market from 25MB to 50MB “to better support richer games”, although this is still a long way off the reported 2GB limit for iOS devices that use Apple’s App Store.

On the Android Developers blog Eric reveals: “With this release, we aimed to deliver features that are most requested by users and developers. However, we’re not done yet.”

Expect plenty more from the Android Market camp in the coming years, as the OS continues to gain popularity.

Have you received the new update yet? What do you think? How about the slashing of the refund window? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Munkypint
    December 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    15 minutes? Thats hardly enough time to see the whole app and make an opinion! Am I the only one to think that? Something like 2 hours would have been more acceptable as I can understand the justification, and 24hrs was a very long time. But 15 minutes is too short IMHO

    • Tim Brookes
      December 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      That's what I thought when I was writing this. The Chrome Web Store has a cooling-off period of 30 minutes - so why is Android Market only 15?

      • Aibek
        December 17, 2010 at 11:05 am

        good point! I also think 15 minutes is way too little.

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