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  • AppStore a la Google - Android Market is Official


    Remember Android? Google’s messiah OS for mobile phones, the one whom the prophecies foretold? Well, its still around - in fact, the first Android phone is rumored to be hitting the streets via T-Mobile on October 13th.

    In an unsurprising move, Thursday Google announced Android Market, essentially AppStore for Android. According to the Android guys, “...developers can expect the first handsets to be enabled with a beta version of Android Market. Some decisions are still being made, but at a minimum you can expect support for free (unpaid) applications. Soon after launch an update will be provided that supports download of paid content and more features such as versioning, multiple device profile support, analytics, etc.”



    The article doesn’t mention anything about developer’s having to pay to sign up - they reference the YouTube sign-up method, saying you just sign up, upload/describe, and publish. A ratings/feedback system similar to the YouTube style is also in place for Android Market.

    With the rampant success of the AppStore, and the open-source, friend-of-all feel of Android, Android Market was a given. One can assume it will easily integrate with Google Checkout (Google’s PayPal alternative) for purchasing. Google hints they’re working with their partners on the handset release in the same sentence they mention pricing - could Android Market purchases be simply added to your carrier bill as a payment option?

    Android already has hundreds of apps available, thanks to the Android Developer Challenge. I’m sure we can expect these, as well as hundreds/thousands more (can you hear all those AppStore iPhone devs fingers tapping the keyboards as they get those ports ready?) to show up in the Android Market at launch, or very soon after. The AppStore has proven to be such a success that mobile developing has been pushed to new limits. Part of that was the incredible hardware Apple included in the iPhone - but most of those specs (GPS, 3G, BlueTooth, camera, etc) are in any higher end phone these days. Apple’s success with the iPhone is in the beautiful engineering, and now, easy to access software offerings. Android Market combined with some quality hardware will entice many of the iPhone devs to get Android versions going, and Google’s OS vs hardware approach to the mobile market may just open the Android Market to an even broader range than the AppStore hits.

    It will also be interesting to see how they choose to filter the apps - again, since Google is not launching a /device/, but instead an OS, not all phones will have all features. For instance, cab4me, one of the winners of the Google ADC, uses GPS and cell-based location services - but there will probably be apps that support only GPS. If your phone doesn’t have GPS - Android Market will have to filter that app out, or be faced with tons of email support explaining why it won’t work, and customer service time getting those folks refund. No word on a required set of features in an Android phone yet - that may also be a solution, having the handset makers agree to a standard minimum set of features on any Android handset.

    Either way, Android Market could prove to be just as huge a success as the AppStore, especially with the multiple handset approach Google is taking - the Android handset saturation could be much higher with lower priced phones and a less strict carrier set-up (already 7 carriers are signed up on the Open Handset Alliance, including T-Mobile and Sprint in the US). It’s an exciting time for mobile software development, both for developer and end users - we all win.

    Android Developer's Blog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AppStore a la Google - Android Market is Official started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. quahog_convo's Avatar
      quahog_convo -


      That's what the G1 should be looking like, I think.
    1. lokotronbcn's Avatar
      lokotronbcn -
      They release the first beta on 2.5
    1. blueillusion97's Avatar
      blueillusion97 -
      I see alot of people are thinking that GOOGLE will make a phone....but they wount they are releasing OS, not their phone with their OS.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Muggz5 View Post
      Well Im still waiting for an unlock for 3G to make the jump. Ive been reading about this new line of phones for a while. There are some advantages to them (look above a few posts someone listed the features), you will see in the upcoming months but overall I dont think these phones just have the same feel as Apple's and to go backwards to a blackberry (glorified as it is) at this point, would be disappointing. You cant replace the touch screen and maneuverability of apple's line. I like the thought of having a captive carrier tied to a phone (support mainly), so until TMo can somehow get the ability to sell the iphone i guess ill be JB & UL and chasing my tail ( & MMi) for life.

      Here's the HTC Dream . It looks pretty sleek and Im sure the GPS is probably better than apple's but still I have to slide it, and tap number/letter keys. It looks outdated even though its not even mass circulated yet... Da*n these iPhones we're spoiled rotten.
      I don't think that is the dream, the on in the video seems to be the proper one. I really hope it's that one because it looks pretty sleek.
      Samsung i900 is going to kick a$s, I got an iPhone but I'm waiting for the 3rd version of the iPhone, cmon Apple release it with upgraded hardware, over a month is too long in the mobile phone world
    1. ProfessorChaos's Avatar
      ProfessorChaos -
      i want an htc dream

      im sick and tired of the iphones crappy crashing 2.0 OS and no c+p.
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      i hope that the dream kicks ***, next time apple will have to look at build quality rather than quantity and stop trying to be so greedy with profit, actually competing with someone.

      my 3g iphone sucks, and if i could get out of the contract now and wait for the htc dream, i would.

      dam 18 month contract
    1. Macboy67's Avatar
      Macboy67 -
      Its promising got to admit that.
    1. Muggz5's Avatar
      Muggz5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Macboy67 View Post
      Its promising got to admit that.
      Yeah unless its a full touch screen like our "dreamy iphones" it will feel boring. However, the specs that are out there about its capabilities are far greater then the iphone currently. There is some really cool stuff available on it im kind of anxious to try one out on the side. If I like it well enough to keep it, my iphone may turn into a touch, or be sold all together.
    1. bdizzle's Avatar
      bdizzle -
      I'm really hoping Android turns out to be incredible. Competition is desperately needed in this space. The iPhone is great and I love mine, but ever since 2.0 the quality seems to be going to hell. Certain feature should already be in the phone by default, but it's not. 3G from day 1, tethering, MMS, video recorder, voice dial, etc. The last thing I want is for Apple (or any company) to have a monopoly. My only concern is that because Android is so open, a lot of crappy hardware will be used with it, and will end up tainting the brand.
    1. 40_ounce's Avatar
      40_ounce -
      Wow... Thats really nice. You guys should check out the other videos that are in that link on the first page about andriod. Makes me think I should have waited. I like t-mobile its alot better then at&t. I always had great service connection but I wanted a 3g iphone so I went with at&t. But who knows that dream or what ever its called might not be that good. Only time will tell...
    1. j0ntar's Avatar
      j0ntar -
      This will open up the "phone" farther than apple could ever take it with their secretive ways and closed o/s. Linux makes a far better embedded device than BSD, atleast in the respect that its been done more and it is embedded in a hell of alot hardware out there.

      I love my iphone and will prolly keep it for another year or more. The Android code isnt going to be mature enough for atleast another year. This project was pretty rushed as google got criticism from everyone including the app developers for taking to long. All the fanboys here will call it a failure upon launch but come some mature code and some better phones this thing will take off.

      One thing im curious about is if Apple owns some patent on multi-touch (still new to the whole apple phone scene) it could hold things back for future Android models.
    1. Vaddy's Avatar
      Vaddy -
      According to Tmonews, the HTC Dream doesn't have a headphone jack, which is a bummer as that may be a dealbreaker for some people but other than that as a valued T-Mobile customer for five years running, I can't wait to get my hands on the Dream, this is the biggest thing to happen to T-Mobile along with the 3G rollout.
    1. alek's Avatar
      alek -
      um, this whole article is zero to do with the iphone (exept google copying apple) it should be moved to ur guizez "mod my android" site

      Iphone is still the best phone out, realy ive used blackbearys, motos, windows, palm phones with touchscreens and only iphone has one that feels natrual not like it being ported from windows or a razor.
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by alek View Post
      um, this whole article is zero to do with the iphone (exept google copying apple) it should be moved to ur guizez "mod my android" site

      Iphone is still the best phone out, realy ive used blackbearys, motos, windows, palm phones with touchscreens and only iphone has one that feels natrual not like it being ported from windows or a razor.
      sorry to piss on your fire fanboy, but everyone here is obviously a fan of the iphone, just a bit more open minded than you!

      what is more "natrual" (typo by you i think, along with the rest of your post with great grammar), than a completely open share OS.

      the iphone is only as natural as apple want it to be. and anyway, from an iphone fanboy perspective, if android absolutely kicked ***, imagine how good the iphone would be in the space of a month or so. i bet video recording, copy paste, mms etc. would be rolled out straight away.

      the iphone needs android.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I could care less about the phone, but Google's open minded towards the OS and Applications is something I'm keeping my eyes on. Can't wait to see what comes for the Android phones, hopefully loosening the leash on us iPhone users.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      The difference between this and the iphone is that this OS will be out on different models of phones (at least to my understanding). The appeal will be that if you want a touchscreen you (probably) can get it. If you want a Blackberry (or at least something like it) you can get it. Being that Android is an OS and not a phone, I am sure it would be in Google's best interest to allow MANY MANY models of phones to run it.
    1. GNice's Avatar
      GNice -
      I hope this really takes off as I see it only helping iPhone owners in the long run. Competition is good. And as much as I love my iPhone, 2.x has been a rocky road. Though I don't plan to buy a Android phone (at in the near term), I hope to reap the benefits of it coming to market.
    1. msb2008's Avatar
      msb2008 -
      No matter how sleek a headset they develop, it will not be as cool and beautiful as our iphone. honestly apple is the primary pioneer in this field. user will be faced with lots of limitation from the new android and its headsets. Iphone, on the other hand, offers way more freedom of use over any headsets. Yes yes i know there are some lacking features in our iphone but the possibilities are endless. so grab you iphone while you can.
      My dream is iphone and iphone is the dream if you think about it .
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Quote Originally Posted by msb2008 View Post
      No matter how sleek a headset they develop, it will not be as cool and beautiful as our iphone. honestly apple is the primary pioneer in this field. user will be faced with lots of limitation from the new android and its headsets. Iphone, on the other hand, offers way more freedom of use over any headsets. Yes yes i know there are some lacking features in our iphone but the possibilities are endless. so grab you iphone while you can.
      My dream is iphone and iphone is the dream if you think about it .
      i think you are completely wrong. the last thing the iphone offers is freedom. the only way to legitimately get your hands on one is to sign your life away, and even then, you are only supposed to use the device as apple has spoon fed to the consumer, no change of themes, no new sms/email tones, we all know the list goes on. the only reason we can customise and have the freedom of our iphone that we have is thanks to the jailbreak, which, may i add, voids your warranty for a limited time.

      i also think the last thing android will be is limited. it will be like an iphone with cydia, but absolutely no limitations. almost, dare i say it, the perfect mobile device? (given it where with the right hardware)

      just imagine an iphone running android.......
    1. iancdp's Avatar
      iancdp -
      I agree completely. ^^^