August 21, 2014

Even T-Mobile Thinks the Android Market Needs Better Filters

magnifying_glassCole Brodman, T-Mobile’s CTO, thinks the Android Market could use a little help on the filter and search side of things.

Pointing to YouTube as an example of how things could (and should) be done, he stated, “Users have a hard time searching through that long tail.” Brodman also suggests tools that can automatically present users with applications that match their interests.

Cole’s sentiments echo a growing trend among G1 owners.  With over 2,300 apps available in the Android Market, it is getting harder to stay on top of the quality titles.  You’d think that a company like Google wouldn’t have this issue, but unfortunately it does.  The problems will only compound as more apps are introduced.

Brodman was speaking yesterday before Apple unveiled their new iPhone 3.0 information and was asked about future updates to Android.   When prompted about video recording and a soft keyboard (Cupcake), he replied, “They’re working on a number of innovations. Some of the ones you mentioned are certainly some of the ones that are being worked on.

Also interesting in the PCWorld article were a few statistics. Among them:

  • About 1/3 of all apps in the Android Market are paid
  • 80% of G1 users access the web daily
  • The typical G1 owner has downloaded over 40 apps