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Friday, August 29, 2008

Android offers a glimpse of its future Store

Just as you were getting comfortable with the App Store, Google and Android have teamed-up to deliver their own version,  known as Android Market.

The Android phone isn't scheduled to hit store shelves until late 2008, but potential buyers can  get a glimpse of the market's layout and design by visiting the Android Developers blog.

How will it differ from the App Store? Well,for starters, the market allows open content distribution from any developer-yes, that means you. The posting process follows the youtube model: register as a developer, upload your content, describe it...and publish it  without waiting for Google's approval. Another distinguishing feature is a developers dashboard with analytics.e Combined with user feedback, this feature should ease the process of revising and upgrading each app.

From the Android Developer's blog:

The concept is simple: leverage Google's expertise in infrastructure, search and relevance to connect users with content created by developers like you...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.

Apple's method of approval requires a seven-step process, and the content is still subject to Apple's review before it's released. Obviously, if Android's app uploading proccess is as seemless as the developers claim, there seems to be a high risk for viruses, so hopefully sufficient screening measure are already in place.

Android appears to have the right angle, the only question is, how many Ipod users will make the leap, and can Google produce the same pre-release craze that Apple genereated with its past two models.


By Matt O'Hern at 01:05 PM | Comments (0)

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