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Google Reveals Android's Very Own App Store

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Google Reveals Android's Very Own App Store

We still have plenty more IFA news to bring you, but this rather interesting story has broken during our time in Germany...

Showing it is taking the battle directly to Apple's iPhone 3G, Google has announced a third party application store called 'Android Market' which will be accessible on all Android handsets.

Just as with the iPhone's App Store users will be able to download and install applications from Android Market directly onto their handset as well as leave feedback and ratings. Developers will also be thrilled to hear Google will be sticking to the principle of its OS by making Market an open service.

Naturally, how such a notion will run in practice if/when apps appear which break laws/copyrights remains to be seen but we can't deny this is an exciting, if anticipated, development. First Android handset(s) - ie the Dream - will ship with a beta version of Android Market such is its newness but then again Google is a company which loves running never ending betas - after all, Google Mail is somehow still in one!

An update to Android Market soon after launch will then follow bringing full support for paid applications so all you impoverished coders out there - if you haven't already - get tapping away.

2009 is shaping up to be one heck of a smartphone rumble...


via Android Developers' Blog

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September 1, 2008, 2:39 pm

The App store was never an original idea by Apple...

There have been hundreds of services (Before the iPhone) that allow you to connect to services on a phone that let you download games, applications and such...

Francesco Mastellone

September 1, 2008, 2:55 pm

Exactly, as it is now I'd say it was more reminescent of a Linux repository. And as long as there are no payments involved, that's what it actually is.


September 1, 2008, 5:10 pm

@Juxtah - it certainly wasn't Apple's original idea, but they certainly popularised it and have pushed it into the mainstream causing other manufacturers to follow. That's a very good thing!


September 1, 2008, 6:48 pm

I'm not an Apple fan, but I was referring to the bit of text under the article title

"Wonder where it got that idea... "

Which makes it look like this App store is some kind of original idea accredited to Apple (although most Apple fans I talk to act like Apple invented absolutely everything to do with computers), which is wrong.


September 1, 2008, 8:55 pm

@Juxtah - fair point, but again there is a difference between someone thinking up the idea originally and a company being influenced to actually do it when it proves popular off the efforts of another.


September 1, 2008, 11:15 pm

@Gordon - I kind of agree, however due to the open nature of Android I don't think they ever had a plan not to include some kind of database of all user created content. As I don't think Android could ever survive without one, and I don't think using a feature that is central to your program should be classed as 'piggybacking' other peoples ideas, especcially when that idea wasn't their original idea in the first place.

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