Tag "android market"
In case you missed it, last week there was a rather big stink in the Android Market where a handful of application were found to be malicious. Google swept into
In quite a scary incident for Android users, an individual unpacked 21 apps from the Android Market, added root exploits, and republished them as new apps. Over the course of
Late last week, news broke that PhoneFusion’s Visual Voicemail app had been pulled from the Android Market by Google. Speculation has swirled since then about the reason why, but no explanation seemed to quite ring true. The extent of Google’s official statement is that “we remove applications from Android Market that violate our terms of service.”
However, after speaking with people with knowledge of the matter, we can rule a couple of speculative explanations out and take a stab at what’s likely the case. We’ll also see how Google could have avoided a lot of distress and bad press by handling the situation differently.
For a brief period of time tonight, a tablet-optimized version of the Android Market was among Google-published apps listed in the web version of the Android Market. Though the detail
We’re not sure how long these domains have been around but we are watching them now. How soon until we see books, music, and movies integrated into the Android Market?
Whispers of the Android Market allowing purchases within applications have been circulating for quite some time, even in official circles. Giving developers a way to further make money off of
We all know the Android Market’s bad rap: developers make money on paid apps. Rovio said so. Larva Labs said so. Even Google said so recently, saying that the number of paid app purchases are not increasing as they should with the increases in use of Android in general. So it must be true, right? Developers trying to make a buck on Android should just monetize with ads?
Well, maybe not. Certainly, it’s worth pointing out that there are counter-examples to the conventional wisdom, examples of developers whose paid apps have generated a decent chunk of revenue. This series of posts will look at a few examples, including one developer who brought in more than $150,000 in revenue in less than a month from a single app.
AndroidZOOM has put together an interesting pdf, which is chockfull of 2010 Android Market statistics and challenges for 2011. The report showcases the vast growth that the Market has seen over the past year including number of apps, submitted, ratio of paid and free apps, and most downloaded apps.
We know you’ve seen the new Android Market. What we don’t know is what you think of it. That’s why we created a poll!
At the Inside Social Apps conference this week, Eric Chu, Android Platform Manager, said that the number of paid app purchases are not increasing as they should with the increases in use of Android in general, and that’s something Google wants to fix for developers. Improvements planned for this year include:
AAA releases their renowned “Roadside Assistance” app for Android, making it easier than ever to use your AAA membership without ever having to make a phone call.
Android developers logging into the market publishing console will find another new option waiting for them. It appears Google has started adjusting the back-end in preparation for releasing the Android Market onto Google TV. A new filter was recently spied, giving devs the ability to target (or not) devices with a touch screen.
We’ve known for some time that Google doesn’t hesitate to remove apps from the Market that violate the distribution terms that developers agree to. Tonight, we’ve learned of another instance: the developer of EliteBomb and EliteBomb Plus, who openly describes the app as “the first SMS spammer to offer the ability to send unlimited text messages,” reports that Google has removed his apps from the Market and suspended his developer account.
The Android Market continues to swell at an enormous rate, adding new apps and games faster than most expected. Officially, Google puts the number of available titles at 100,000 but we know it’s higher. How high exactly? Androlib.com has pegged the figure at 200,000 apps.
AT&T becomes the 2nd carrier to offer Android Market Carrier Billing for paid apps. AT&T Android users should be getting an update soon that includes this feature, as well as the new Android Market.