Android is growing up. The platform that began its life as something built for the anti-iPhone crowd is quickly evolving into something built for everybody. Today, Google has overhauled Android’s website to match.
For as long as I can recall, Android.com has been, for lack of a better word, dry. Primarily built as a landing pad for press, partners, and developers, it didn’t really do much of anything to sell Android. Even the one generic “Learn More!” link lead to a page full of totally not-consumer-friendly terms and phrases like “Adding SDK Components” and “API Difference Reports”. It also didn’t help that the old layout looked like something left lingering from the late 90′s.
While it still has a link or two for the stray developer, the new Android.com distills the experience down to what matters: Android. Want an overview of whats new in Android 4.0? Bam! It’s front and center. Want a deeper look into some of Android’s finer features? It’s one click away.
Google has also built a “Get Apps” page, which highlights a handful of applications in a series of themed “bundles”, from “Getting Started With Tablet” to “Calling All Gamers”. Google can’t say Android has the most apps, so they’ve got this page pitching their market’s diversity.
Overall, it’s a huge step up.
Google provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world’s information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of online tools and platforms including: Gmail, Maps, YouTube, and Google+, the company’s extension into the social space. Most of its Web-based products are free, funded by Google’s highly integrated online advertising platforms AdWords and AdSense. Google promotes the idea that advertising should be highly targeted and relevant to users thus providing...