Google has begun pushing out a major update to the Android Market. Unfortunately, the two biggest new features — the ability to rent movies and purchase books — won’t be available outside the US.
That doesn’t make the update a total bust, since it also incorporates speed improvements, additional listings of popular apps, the ability to swipe between listings, and general interface tweaks. It’s annoying not to have the additional media features, but given the complexities of rights issues, we’re not holding our breath for movie rentals or book purchases to appear on Australian devices in a hurry.
The update will be rolled out automatically to Android 2.2 and higher phones over the coming weeks.
A new Android Market for phones, with books and movies [Google Mobile Blog]