Enterprise Mobility: Android Market Webstore Delivers Apps Via Google Cloud
One of the glaring sore spots for Google's Android Market is its accessibility. Users have to get their Android applications from the Android Market client preinstalled on every Android device and tablet. Going forward, consumers will have another option. Taking a page out of Apple's successful iTunes market, Google Feb. 2 opened its new Android Market Webstore, a Website dedicated to letting consumers purchase applications for their Android smartphones and tablets from a Web browser. Once users select an application they want, it will automatically be downloaded to their Android gadget over the air. Applications that users purchase are linked with a Google Account rather than a device, so they can be automatically pushed to any Android devices registered to that account. In other words, this is an app store based on Google's massive cloud computing infrastructure. Not even Apple can attest to such flexibility. At a Googleplex event Feb. 2, Chris Yerga, an engineering director for cloud services for Google's Android group, showed how easy and speedy purchasing and downloading an application can be through the Webstore. eWEEK runs through the Android Market Store features in this slide show.