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Google Android Market App Updated on Virgin Mobile Samsung Intercept

Past Saturday night, while playing with my Samsung Intercept Android phone, I found that the Market app has been updated as Google has promised. That surprised me a little bit. I hadn't expected such a wide-spread upgrade as I felt that the Samsung Intercept, althought the flagship Android phone on the Virgin Mobile service, has been neglected with updates.

So I have wondered whether it would ever be upgraded with the newer Market app. And in the back of my mind, I've decided that it will never see an upgrade to Market app.

Until the upgrade, I have been pretty happy with my conclusion that the Market app will never be upgraded on this Samsung Intercept (yes, I am blogging on it). Because along this upgrade, there are a number of drawbacks. For one, the software return policy has changed to 15 minutes from 24 hours. Who would have thought the return period is tied to the Market app? You'd think it is tied to the Google Checkout in the first place.

Another "feature" is that the Market app has shortened the app description to only a few lines. You hace to tap the "More" button to read the full description. I guess Google want you to focus on the screenshots rather than the summary. For me, I have to tap on the button every time, wasting my time.

Another unwanted "feature" is the ability to filter apps based on four categories: Mature, Teen, Preteen, and All. I am not sure how someone would use this feature. I personally set it to "All" so the the Market app would work as before. I am guess it is a feature for people who are sensitive to "Mature" content. And it might be a preventative measure for kids that hasn't figured out the "Settings" menu option yet; anyone change the content filtering from the "Settings" page.

One feature I do like about the new Market app is the ability to see related apps. It is a time saver, because I can quickly find the best app of the bunch. An even better plus is that I can quickly see the apps that are competing with apps I wrote. This desirable feature far out weights the undesirable features for me.

Overall, the new Market app is an eye candy compared to the old app. I am overall pleased that it made its way to the Samsung Intercept on Virgin Mobile. Google also really mean it when they are updating the Market app on all Android 1.6 and newer devices.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 05:40:01 +0000

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