Watch Out App Store, Android Market is here

August 28th, 2008 at 12:00 am
 


android market

The iPhone is enjoying a nice steady increase and adoption rate. The mobile phone from Apple did revolutionize the mobile platform not only by providing a sexy sleek handset but also by providing users a plethora of options to customize their devices. The Apple App Store is making loads of cash on top of the iPhone sales and this makes the iPhone so popular.

Now, Google as awe all know by now is stepping into the mobile game with their mobile operating system Android. The HTC Dream Phone will be rolling out from T-Mobile later this year and the Android SDK just got a major update. These factors all play against the iPhone. Now the circle is nearly complete.

To do the same thing that Apple did with the iPhone and App Store, Google is opening up the Android Market, their version of an App Store. The Android market will be a repository and distribution channel for applications compatible with the Android OS which Google is planning to integrate with all mobile devices starting with the HTC Dream a.k.a. T-mobile G1.

With the Android SDK, developers are able to create all sorts of applications that they can give away for free or sell.

"Android Market-an open content distribution system that will help end users find, purchase, downloads and install various types of content on their Android-powered devices."

Apple’s App Store is exactly the same thing and if they compared that to their iTunes, Google is comparing their Android market to YouTube.

"Developers will be able to make their content available on an open service hosted by Google that features a feedback and rating system similar to YouTube. We chose the term "market" rather than "store" because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available. Similar to YouTube, content can debut in the marketplace after only three simple steps: register as a merchant, upload and describe your content and publish it."

Moreover, when finalized, The Android Market will also include Google’s favorite analytic tools for developers and merchants to see where their apps are going.