Android Market Client update released: Hands on video and download link

Google has just announced and released an update Android Market client which features a revamped user interface and several other changes :

To streamline the browse-to-purchase experience, users can now access all the information about an application on a single page without the need to navigate across different tabs. We’re also introducing application content rating to provide users with more information about applications they are interested in. Since most users who request a refund do so within minutes of purchase, we will reduce the refund window on Market to 15 minutes. This change will be largely transparent to buyers, but will help developers manage their businesses more effectively.

To make it easier for developers to distribute and manage their products, we will introduce support for device targeting based on screen sizes and densities, as well as on GL texture compression formats. We are also increasing the maximum size for .apk files on Market to 50MB, to better support richer games.

I’ve just shot a short video ofthe new client in action on the Samsung Galaxy S and compare it to the old one on an HTC Desire HD:

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HTC Desire HD vs Samsung Galaxy S vs Samsung Omnia 7 camera comparison

Time for another camera comparison! This time I’m comparing the video capture quality of the HTC Desire HD versus the Galaxy S and Omnia 7. So how does it look like? Well just take a look at the video embedded after the break. The Desire HD image quality is really muddy and has that trademarked HTC purple tint to it. Framerate is consistent in board daylight (30fps in this video, but it can go as low as 5fps indoors!). HTC just can’t seem to get cameras right. My guess is that they are using relatively low end sensors because there’s no reason why the MSM8255 can’t capture great quality videos and it has been shown that with the WP7 devices that with the same chipset (the QSD8250) in all handsets only HTC couldn’t sustain consistent framerates when encoding videos (compared to Samsung and LG who have it locked at 24fps). The only save grace here is that auto-focus which works without much problem: you can focus anywhere you want while shooting a video just by taping on the screen (similar to when you shoot pictures). Anyway, the best one out of the three here is, in my opinion, the Galaxy S (even though its auto-focus is super slow and sometimes doesn’t trigger at all..) followed by the Omnia 7 which still suffers from abnormally high shutter speeds in outdoors situations (this is why the video looks choppy even though the frame rate is locked at 24fps!).

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Get a perfect reading of your Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus battery life

I was playing around with the Samsung Omnia 7 (and Focus) Diagnosis mode this morning to find out some more information about the hardware but apparently missed something really interesting which was pointed out to me a few hours ago (thanks @anaadoul). You can actually get a perfect reading of your device’s battery life by entering the Battery Status sub-menu (*#2*#) and going to the second page (hit the arrow on the top right) and you should have a table full of info (pictured above). So what does all that mean? Well, turns out that everything is explain in the Windows CE 6.0 documentation available here. This can also be taken as a confirmation that Windows Phone 7 is CE 6 based I guess…

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