It seems while no one was looking the Android Market has been stripped of non-compliant Apps and pared down from 50-plus Apps to only 13. The Android Market is similar to the iPhone Apps store and at one time told developers that they would not require any “official” approval process to list their Applications.
Well, that’s gone – and while in theory I approveÂ ofÂ application approval processes in general – it’s not a good thing for Google toÂ go back on their word without some kind of compensation to these developers who worked hard on these Apps to get them ready for the G1’s launch.
As I look again the Android Market is back up to 20 Apps and seems destined for a full recovery. Rumor is it had something to do with each Application needing some sort of security feature before it can be re-listed on the Android Market store.
This news, in light of the competition from the Handango announcement of an Android App Store who, as of this writing has Zero (0) Apps for sale.
What’s your opinion? Is Google ‘getting it together’, or was this a gaff – a screwy mess on their part? Talk back to me in the comments section!