One of Android Market's biggest shortcomings compared to the iOS App Store is that paid apps are available in only a handful of countries compared to this much more impressive list of countries iOS supports.
Google needs to change this situation, and if they want to make Android just as appealing to developers as iOS is, they need to do it now. The more markets with paid apps supported, the more potential customers, the more appeal. Read More
The news of the Android Market reaching the milestone of 100,000 apps may have been great news for Android – but perhaps it came a bit too soon.
Those numbers come from AndroLib, but Google has announced the official numbers, with the Android Market having just over 70,000 apps. So, why the big difference in numbers? Google’s numbers come only from the official Android Market, the one pre-loaded on just about every Android phone, and the one you are probably most familiar with. Read More
TechCrunch published an interesting article yesterday on AndroiLib. The most interesting fact in the article is that AndroidLib estimates that the Market has passed 1 billion app downloads (the live ticker is now at 1.061 billion, as shown in the image below). It’s pretty impressive, and it’s somewhat surprising that we haven’t heard word of this from Google (then again, they don’t usually formally announce this stuff – most of the statistics we have on Android come either from public events or analysts). Read More
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
All in all, they seem like very reasonable complaints to me, and most seem like they would be (comparatively) easy enough to fix. Read More
Today is Day Two of the Google I/O 2010 conference, and the Android universe is celebrating and rioting in the streets (in a good way - like Mardi Gras). In addition to speed (2x-5x faster than Eclair), support for Flash Player 10.1 Public Beta/AIR Developer Pre-Release, and native tethering/ hotspot support, there are a number of changes that will make your Android life easier.
Update by Artem Russakovskii:
You guys are all correct - there should be no gingerbread icon here unless Google actually confirms that this is what is indeed happening.