Hot on the heels of a previous update back in November to 3.3.11, the Android Market is yet again receiving another noticeable one, now rendering the version at 3.4.4. So what’s new? While we’re still exploring all the new features of the update, some quick differences stand out. One such improvement is the overall speed of the application. It’s definitely faster than it was before as well as being smooth and crisp during navigation. Another update includes a setting for the auto-adding of widgets to your home screen. And note “widgets” not “app icons’ which appears to be in place of “auto-add shortcuts”. It’s a tad confusing in my opinion but as always, Google often has a method to the madness. According to a member over at Android Police, there is a point to be made:
As ZZ points out, “I think it’s because in ICS, what used to be known as ‘Shortcuts’ are now simply 1×1 widgets. If you notice ‘old’ shortcuts like Direct dial, etc. now live in the Widget folder. This change is simply for consistency moving forward.”
This explanation makes sense, though Google could have been smarter about the naming convention for devices that don’t yet have Ice Cream Sandwich.
So, for now, enjoy the update as we dig a little deeper to find all of the gems and tidbits Google included. You can download the new version after the break. And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. » Read the rest