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Google Launches Apps Marketplace

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Google Apps Marketplace Launched

Google Apps users need love too...

So aiming to kick-start development specifically for them (the majority of which tend to be businesses), the search giant has announced Apps Marketplace. This is a site which works similarly to Android Marketplace or the Chrome Extensions site allowing Apps users to browse applications that could prove useful to their company's current Gmail, Calendar, Docs, etc integration. Unlike Android Marketplace, however, applications produced in Apps Marketplace bolt onto Google Apps services so are entirely Cloud-based.

"The Google Apps Marketplace offers products and services designed for Google users, including installable apps that integrate directly with Google Apps," says the site's official blurb. "Installable apps are easy to use because they include single sign-on, Google's universal navigation, and some even include features that integrate with your domain's data."

Currently highlights of the Apps Marketplace include video web conferencing tools, expense reporting applications and secure eSignature services while Google has confirmed over 50 launch partners.

As for the developers themselves, they get a rather good deal since Google charges a $100 sign-up fee, but then takes just a 20 per cent revenue share of sales no-matter how many apps the developer makes or what price they decide to charge. Given that virtually all business related apps carry either an initial or annual fee, this could prove quite lucrative.

So get your best programming head on and perhaps some of Google Apps' high profile customers - which include national newspapers and even governments - could soon be topping up your bank account...

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Google Apps Marketplace

Wedge

March 10, 2010, 12:27 pm

What I'd really like to see is a web based Android Market where I could download the apps I wanted rather than just the ones that Orange say I can have.





I nearly wish I'd bought an iPhone instead.

notbenjamin

March 10, 2010, 3:32 pm

How long til the trustedreviews app store goes live? :)

Brian ONeill

March 10, 2010, 4:41 pm

I think microsoft are missing a trick by not having a marketplace for windows. I know they have this for their own stuff http://www.windowsmarketplace.... but copying the iphone marketplace would make sense. Apps could be checked for viruses, easier install, reviews etc. the current shareware scene is far to fragmented.

rav

March 10, 2010, 6:26 pm

A web interface for Android marketplace would be great. Preferably with a login system which remembers your apps.





@Wegde


What do you mean by what Orange say you can have? The apps you can see in the Android Market should only be limited by your phone spec and/or Android version. E.g. the HTC Tatoo could not run all apps before because of it's low res screen which wasn't supported by all apps. Also a lot of new apps only support Android 1.6 which leaves out a lot of phones on 1.5. Orange don't have any control except maybe blocking certain traffic.

hankb6d

March 10, 2010, 8:38 pm

@brian oneill


Why would MS want to burden themselves with such crap?

Brian ONeill

March 11, 2010, 4:16 pm

@Hank


That 'crap' that has distributed over 1 billion apps, has created a revolutionary new method of software distributed and made a fortune for developers and apple?





Yip MS would be crazy to copy the idea, much better to stick with a 25 year old shareware model that fragments the market into a million tiny pieces.





http://www.apple.com/itunes/bi...

Castalan

March 11, 2010, 9:18 pm

@hank


Just because it's popular and making money doesn't mean it's not crap - if people want to waste their money on download apps for a phone they'll have for 12 months that's their own lookout - i'll be saving my money for beer and loose women thanks

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