Android App Market?
Google started on development of Android three years ago, when the growing popularity of smartphones on the market were foreseen by analysts in the company. At the beginning most observers thought this OS will remain exotic and rare until it dies off, like some earlier mobile phone operation systems. These were full with good ideas, but not supported by big enough number of manufacturers the vanished (do you remember about PalmOS for example). These observers were proven wrong by the careful approach of Google. They attracted some major mobile devices manufacturers, done some good deals, opened Android applications market – Android Marketplace, and with the time the result became pretty good. In fact Android phones can in very near future reach the popularity of the iPhone brand, which will be major success for Google, and the mobile phone developers’ alliance around it.
A Major Problem holding Android back?
Though ideas behind Android Marketplace are very good, there are some major problems with it. When it was created its main idea was to rival Apple app store, and it did. People from selected countries started rapid development, and soon thousands of apps were posted there. People began to understand Android will be good, and soon many decided to replace their iPhones with better (well, in some areas at least) Android fuelled one.
But with the time it became obvious that the harsh approval process done by Apple to allow apps on their app store is not such a bad thing. Apps on the Marketplace looked unpolished, done fast and not very well checked for quality by their own authors.
Well it seems there is a reason for that. Google checkout service, used by the Marketplace for paying the authors doesn’t support the whole world. As a matter of fact it only supports (for selling Android apps) Austria, France, Germany,Netherlands, Spain, the U.S. or the U.K. Yes. Eight countries worldwide. You live in Australia? Well, you can develop and post application on Android Marketplace, but cannot receive money for it. Strange? Yes, as most developers around the world must in fact post their work as freeware. This leads only to one thing – apps are posted, they work pretty well, but quality control is missing, as no one will try and check his newly developed app for mistakes for free. After all, most of these people have families to feed.
That way, people that are well trained and write great apps, over time decide to learn more about Apple iPhone SDK, and begin writing for the archrival. There, although the process of checking and refusing apps is always more luck than something else, at least they get paid for their hard work.