Google announces App Store for Android: Android Marketplace

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Android’s Developer Blog has announced the Android Market… Google’s answer to the iTunes App Store. The best news: unlike the App Store, it’s an open content distribution system. A developer on Android need expect no inexplicable refusals to host their product.

Developers will be able to make their content available on an open service hosted by Google that features a feedback and rating system similar to YouTube. We chose the term “market” rather than “store” because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available. Similar to YouTube, content can debut in the marketplace after only three simple steps: register as a merchant, upload and describe your content and publish it. We also intend to provide developers with a useful dashboard and analytics to help drive their business and ultimately improve their offerings…

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.

Interesting, but one wonders if Google is setting themselves up for a logistical nightmare here: if developers can put through malicious code with no fail check, Google might spend more time pulling down apps than it would actually take to approve them individually and put them up.

I really like the screenshots of the interface though, especially the summary of exactly what functions of Android each App accesses.

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3 Responses to Google announces App Store for Android: Android Marketplace

  1. ben says:

    Guessing you forgot to link to original: http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2008/08/android-market-user-driven-content.html.

    Also, I don’t think Google will spend much time taking things down, and instead will rely on community rating/flagging to keep bad apps out of circulation, like YouTube. Then instead of a review process for every app, its a short review for a few apps.

    I love this free market approach Google is taking far more than the Apple socialists. Damn hippies, stay off of my yard…I mean…phone.

  2. dculberson says:

    I like this a lot, but do think it will make savvy people a lot more hesitant to try new applications. (Why be the test subject when you can let other people find out if it’s malicious first?)

  3. jitrobug says:

    It depends on if new applications feel dirty and tainted, like getting shareware for windows, or elegant and organized, like pulling stuff from an ubuntu repository.

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