Android 2.1 Android Market to Match Windows Marketplace Features
With the rumored Android 2.1 update and the features that Google would bring to the platform, it seems that Android Market will be undergoing a few changes and many of those changes will match Microsoft’s own applications store dubbed Windows Marketplace for Mobile for Windows Mobile devices. Android Market will bring with it carrier billing–you can charge your app purchases to your phone bill–and there will also be a desktop client of some kind for users to manage their apps, similar to the Marketplace for Mobile PC browser app management scheme.
Other features that Android 2.1 is rumored to bring may be device specific. There will be over-the-air (OTA) updates for the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris on Verizon Wireless.
The rumored date when all of this is supposed to be happening is December 11.
Another device rumored for the Android 2.1 update is HTC’s Hero, though the fate of carrier devices, like the Sprint Hero, and if and when those devices will receive OS upgrades may be up to the individual carriers.
(via: Android and Me)