Thursday Google finally updated the Android Market, and it looks sweet. The change is immediately apparent, splashing Android screens with a wash of greens, new category icons, and cascading titles featuring the week's top apps. Even the "product" pages have been completely overhauled, now sporting the same wash of greens and a cleaner, more organized design. If anything, the new market is a mere taste of what Gingerbread will bring when it finally arrives in the coming weeks.
In addition to the Market update, Cerulean Studios has released the Android version of its popular IM client, Trillian. The client first appeared on the PC way back in 2000, and was the client to have if web surfers wanted to consolidate all their IM accounts into one central client. That has since changed with the release of other multi-account instant messaging clients, and now Trillian faces the same stiff competition on the Android platform, somewhat arriving "late in the game."
But for what it's worth, Trillian is a trusted, tried-and-true multi-chat client that supports AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, MySpace and more. But unlike the desktop client, there's no additional free version to test-drive-- Cerulean is asking $4.99 for its multi-IM client. Although similar clients are on the Market for free, Trillian for Android's biggest selling point is that it will actually synchronize your data with the desktop version.
Finally, Sony has announced that it's launching a PlayStation app for both Android and iOS, and honestly, it looks identical to the PlayStation app icon we've seen displayed on the PlayStation Phone's interface. According to Sony, this app won't allow users to play Sony-sanctioned games but instead will be a PlayStation Network "companion,' allowing users to monitor their trophies, see who's playing online, receive PlayStation news and more.
The PlayStation App is scheduled to launch in early 2011, however it will first arrive in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. Currently the North American release is unknown.