About a year ago, we covered AndroLib, the Android Market-searching website that aided Android users in better finding app reviews, ratings and descriptions. The site just got a major overhaul though, including advanced search capabilities, video reviews and smart recommendations.
AndroLib still isn’t the prettiest site around, but it is still the best resource for searching the Android market, especially if you don’t want to sit there searching on your phone. The video reviews, while not super widespread yet, are super handy for checking out an app in action without downloading it. Even more helpful is the new search engine: Now you can search for apps using ratings, price, category and downloads as filters, which is really nice for narrowing down the fairly large library of apps. It is a bit difficult to find, though, as it isn’t on every page – sometimes you just need to enter a new search term in the top for the advanced search sidebar to show up.
Some of the other features are still a bit lacking, such as the “smart” recommendations. I have yet to find any remotely similar apps within the recommendations, though this may just be because the feature is young. For example, it says that if I like previously mentioned IM client Meebo, that I’ll also like ASTRO file manager, alternative browser Dolphin , Google Translate and Bubble, a level app that uses the accelerometer. Not even close.
Still the upgrade is worth checking out for the advanced search and the video reviews alone, and it’s still a heck of a lot more convenient than searching the Market on your tiny handheld device. Besides, it did just launch, so hopefully with more people taking part in the community, some of the features like recommendations will get a bit more accurate. Hit the link to read the full list of changes, and let us know what you think of the new site in the comments.