27
Sep
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Hot on the heels of plans for Verizon to create their own market for Android, Amazon.com has decided that they will now create their own app market. Developers reportedly started receiving emails about a business opportunity from Amazon on September 25th. At that time, there were very few details aside from the fact that it was happening. Now, there is a bit more clarity from our friends at TechCrunch:

Okay, some details:

    • For each sale of an App, we will pay you a royalty equal to the greater of 70% of the purchase price or 20% of the List Price as of the purchase date (70/30 is standard, this 20/80 split is somewhat odd and confusing)
    • The List Price is apparently in place so that you can’t sell your app cheaper on other “similar services” — meaning other app stores, presumably
    • The “similar services” should also include the forthcoming Chrome Web Store, if I’m reading this correctly
    • There is a $99 fee to be a developer in this program (the same as Apple’s iOS developer program)
    • It seems like if your app is available on other platforms, you have to make sure to update it at the same time on Amazon’s store that you do in any other store (this will piss off a lot of developers)
    • Apps will have to be laced with Amazon DRM — meaning they will only work on devices they approve (obviously)
    • Amazon has the right to pull any app for any reason (obviously)
    • Apps can also be shown on amazon.com (this is up to Amazon)
    • You can offer free apps
    • The app store is U.S.-only (at least for now)
    • This part is interesting too: “We have sole discretion to determine all features and operations of this program and to set the retail price and other terms on which we sell Apps.”

    As of right now, that's all we know.

    06
    Jul
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    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.

    24
    Jun
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    A recent survey of over 2,700 mobile developers revealed that devs universally prefer developing for iOS (formerly iPhone OS – renamed iOS recently, as it is now used on the iPad). Apple ranks #1 in mobile phone market share, and there are more than a few stories of small-time devs creating apps for the iPhone that took off overnight, so it really isn’t all that surprising that Apple was a dev favorite.

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