Big Changes To Android Market Coming Soon?

Big Changes To Android Market Coming Soon?

There have been hints for awhile that Google would be making changes to the Android Market. They have made advisory posts on the Android Developer Blog recently, and now they have sent out notifications that the Developer Console will go out of service on November 18th for 6 hours. Now the question is, what will Google change in the Android Market?

Below is part of the statement sent out by the Android Market Team:

We're writing to inform you about a planned service outage impacting Android Market that requires your attention.

We plan to perform maintenance on the Android Market Developer Console on Thursday 18 November 2010 from 10AM to 4PM Pacific Standard Time. During this time, there will be view-only access to the Developer Console at You will be able to view your list of applications and error reports; however, you will not be able to upload new apps or make updates to existing apps. The publish status of your applications and use of the Android Market app on phones should not be impacted.

Thanks, and we appreciate your patience while we work to improve Android Market.

In case you didn't understand, the outage should only affect developers trying to interface with the Android Market Developer Console, and not customers looking to download apps, or other things like that.

Android Central reports that an update was then sent out changing the outage time to "10PM on THURSDAY 18 November and ending by 4AM FRIDAY 19 November 2010, Pacific Standard Time."

Some of the mentioned possibilities for changes coming with the update include PayPal payment, new ranking system, web-based app store, coupon codes, and Google Music.

Phandroid mentions that we may actually see no new additions, and that it may just be maintenance to keep "everything oiled and running smoothly".

Other Sources: AndroidandMe, Android Central, Phandroid

Image from AndroidandMe

Source: AndroidGuys

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  • Thanks for the heads up Jeremiah. I was secretly hoping for more awesome improvements, but having more screenshots for the Market entry is definitely a good idea.

  • Heres the message I got from google, on what changes they made:


    We're writing to inform you about some changes to Android Market that require your attention.

    First, we have added support for a recent changes feature, which allows you to add notes about changes specific to the newest version of your application. You are able to submit these from the Developer Console, similar to descriptions. In the Market app, these notes will appear under the app description as "Recent changes."

    Second, there is now a ‘draft upload’ capability for application updates. This feature enables you to edit your app listing and upload a new version without affecting the version live in Market. Your app listing edits will not change your live listing until you select “Publish.”

    Finally, we are adding support for larger promotional graphics to showcase your application. In addition to the currently required app screenshot, you will be required to upload one “feature” graphic. Supported promotional assets will now include:
    - A “feature” graphic, landscape aspect ratio, 1024 x 500 (required).
    - A high-res icon, 512 x 512 (required).. The Android icon design guidelines located at apply.
    - 2 screen shots, 320w x 480h, 480w x 854h, or 480w x 800h, increasing to 8 screen shots in the future (1 required).
    - A link for a promotional video hosted on YouTube (optional).

    Thanks, and we look forward to continue working with you on Android Market.

    The Android Market Team