Google has just rolled out some much sought after and welcomed changes to the Android Market. These changes will be appreciated by both the developers and the general Android users.
For the developers, Google has gone ahead and increased the APK size from 50MB to a whopping 4GB! The company also introduced a new APK format Multi APK which allows developers to upload different APKs of the same app, for different Android devices. Also, developers will now host their app on the hosting provided by the Android Market itself!
Another welcome change is the ability to exclude specific Android devices or filter devices by their screen resolution for an App in the Android Market. Developers will now also get monthly statistics of their app like the number of times it has been downloaded, how the competitive apps are doing etc. Developers will also be able to view sales figure of their application, right from January 2010.
For the general Android users, Google has added many new categories to Android Market including Editors’ choice, Top New Paid and Free apps, Top Free, Top Paid, and Top Grossing etc. All these lists will show you apps, depending on the country you access the Android Market from. The Market will also recommend users applications based on their usage pattern.
Android Market users can find the full change-log here.