The H Open wrote an interesting article on a post from developer Jon Lech Johansen’s blog. Johansen, co-founder and CTO of doubleTwist, had some pretty legitimate complaints about and suggestions for the Android Market. For example:

  • The Android Market is available in 46 countries; developers can only offer paid apps in 13 of those
  • Prices for foreign apps are not displayed in a users local currency – they are displayed in the dev’s currency
  • Developers can’t customize their price by country – they set it in one currency, and it is automatically converted into others at the current exchange rate
  • Foreign apps can’t be paid for with American Express or billed to your phone plan
  • No support for in-app changelogs or payments
  • Google is too hands-off about the market - there are more than a few apps that are blatantly illegal

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All in all, they seem like very reasonable complaints to me, and most seem like they would be (comparatively) easy enough to fix.

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The article goes on to list some other issues dev’s have with the marketplace:

  • The web version of the Android Market shows a fraction of the apps that are available
  • The Android Market’s return policy is too generous
  • Spam comments need to be better controlled and more actively removed

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Again, pretty reasonable if you ask me. I’ve said before that the Marketplace is doing well as a whole, but I’ve also acknowledged that dev’s still prefer the Apple App Store.

[Source: H Open, Nanocr (John Lech Johansen’s Blog)]