Google featured during Google I/O conference that the new Android Market will allow users to browse and download apps from the web browser to their Android devices, and after a long wait, the feature is being ‘activated’ last week over the Lunar New Year period!
True to Google’s focus on the web, you need not download any software to use this feature, and sync-ing are done over the air (OTA) without any cables required!
With this new feature, Android users will have another alternate way to ‘waste’ their time to go through the wonderful apps that are available in the Android Market!
How you can browse and download apps from your browser:
Prerequisite : Google Account
As mentioned in a previous article, you need a Google Account before you can start downloading the apps from the Android Market.
Go to the Android Market website (http://market.android.com/) and you will see the screen below.
This is where you can browse and view the various apps available in the Android Market.
Select the apps that you like, and you will be brought to the description page of the app.
The ‘Install’ or ‘Buy’ button will be available if the app had not been downloaded.
If the app had been downloaded before via the specific Google Account, you will be notified that the app is installed
Once you clicked on the ‘Install’ or ‘Buy’ button, you will proceed with a pop up screen where you will select the device that you are planning to download the app to (if you have more than 1 device signed in with the same Google Account).
Review the permission settings of the app and once you are okay with it, click on ‘Continue’.
The apps will be downloaded and you can review the download status on your mobile phone.
That is so simple right? No syncronization, no cables to plug in to, all over the air!