By Stephen Schenck | November 1, 2011 7:57 PM
Google’s put together a new version of its Android Market app, one that’s currently being sent out to handsets. The release includes a host of new features, including some that may have been eagerly-awaited by many of you.
Perhaps the most interesting changes deal with how apps are updated. If app updates aren’t a top priority of yours, and you’ve got no problem with putting off updates for a little while, you can specify that they should only ever be downloaded over WiFi connections, helping you keep you bandwidth use down. There’s also a setting to configure all installed apps to automatically update, in case you had been keeping some manual but would like to change them all to auto in one fell swoop.
The user interface has been slightly revised, and now includes a smaller font to give the app a crisper, denser look. You can now see a graph of ratings on app pages, access voice commands from a search, and there’s a new app drawer icon to enjoy. If you like seeing new apps show up on your desktop, you can now set that as the default behavior.
If you’re impatient, and haven’t received notification of an available update for the Market on your phone, the APK has been posted online to side-load. There are supposedly some issues with it running on Honeycomb, but you should be fine putting it on your smartphone.