Google is introducing a new design for the smartphone version of the Android Market. The new interface looks a bit more like what we’ve come to expect from Google’s app store on the web and on Android tablets. It also brings features that had been tablet-only up until now, including support for purchasing eBooks and renting movies to stream or download to your device.

There’s a new home screen layout with featured content. Users can now view app lists as well, which means you can see the top free, top  paid, or top grossing apps or games.

App detail pages have also been redesigned so that screenshots now show up above the description. Developers that have added promotional videos will also see thumbnail icons for the videos on the description page.

Google is rolling out the new Market gradually to all devices running Android 2.2 and up. My Nexus One is still showing the old version, but you can check out the new Android Marke tin the demo video after the break.

The books and movies features are US-only for now.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...