September 22, 2014

Is Google's 'Anything Goes' Policy Hurting the Android Market Reputation?

Every handset maker is busy trying to eke out the best possible way to lure users to their own version of the App Store. In a bid to be both developer as well as customer friendly, they are trying to beat down each other in terms of the T&Cs’ laid down.  Some are even prepared to pull their own home grown apps if another developer’s version is found to be more enchanting.

Google’s intentions with its Android Market cannot be questioned, owing to rich customer and developer centric policies. Now  its policy to allow any and every app to be put on the Market… well, that was questioned right from the start.  And its now that the question is even more relevant, thanks to a memory performance app called MemoryUp from eMobiStudio.   By now, most are well acquainted with the havoc it created when G1 users downloaded it from the Market. They suddenly found their mobile handset to be an amnesiac, having forgotten everything from the contacts to their personal data.  Call it a “killer” app.

The Android Market needs better policing in terms of the kind of apps that are uploaded as well as their relative effect on the handsets.  At least a little bit of consideration for the underlying hood before the app receives final approval. Google might fear that this would chase away a few developers from their Market – a logical thought.  On the contrary, there are also developers who would advocate better quality control.  Some form of QA validation means that users need not fear anymore about the authenticity of the app.

With the RIM’s StoreFront slotted to debut this March, the competition for providing their users with the best kind of apps is intensifying and Google would love to make sure they don’t get embarassed by any further mis-apps anymore.   It might well have plans up its sleeve to try and tweak with its litany of policies without affecting the developers’ sentiment.

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