By Stephen Schenck | December 2, 2010 8:17 PM
Remember the mysterious “third tab” in the Android Market app as seen in the Gingerbread video from earlier today? Turns out it’s a new recommended-app feature that is rolling out right now, in advance of Gingerbread.
Users of various Android 2.2 devices have been reporting that the Android Market app has automatically updated itself on their phones to include the new tab. Exactly what it’s labeled varies from device to device; sometimes it’s “Similar”, sometimes “Related”. The new tab apparently offers suggestions of other apps you may be interested in, based on how they relate to the one you’re currently viewing.
Right now the update is a bit spotty, affecting some phones but not others. The Nexus One, Evo 4G, and Droid X are all confirmed as getting the new tab, but others with the same handsets haven’t received it yet. There’s no word from Google on what’s going on, but it may be waiting to speak until the update is pushed out to more phones.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve gotten the updated Android Market app, and what you think of its suggestions.