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Google promises big changes to spur Android app sales

To spur Android app purchases and help application developers, Google will introduce a range of new features around its online Android Market, including an in-app payment option and expanded carrier billing.

Google defends Android Market license server, despite reported hack

Android Market license server still a "significant step forward" against software piracy, Google maintains

Android and Apps

The more I use the HTC Incredible, the more I like it. And the thing that really makes the Incredible, er, incredible is its operating system, Android. Android, as I'm sure you must know by now, was developed by Google, and is open...

Android and Apps

Mark Gibbs loves the Android operating system and isn't ashamed to say so.

The Alex: Android meets an e-book reader and more

Mark Gibbs reviews a clever Android-based e-book reader that does a whole lot more.

The Alex: Android meets an e-book reader and more

What would you get if you crossed Google's Android operating system with Wi-Fi, an e-ink display and a touch-sensitive color display? You'd get something called Alex, an e-book reader with an unusual configuration manufactured by...

Apple would rather remove app than leave open-source license

Games, both free and paid, are perennial favorites in mobile app stores. So it was no surprise that GNU Go — the free, GNU-based version of the ancient and popular game of Go — was available as a free download in the Apple iTunes...

Emergency Internet: Smartphone tethering

In this column I recently recounted the problems I had getting DSL installed in my new house. But there was one part of the experience that actually proved instructive. In the period between moving in and getting back online I relied...

Emergency Internet: Smartphone tethering

While Mark Gibbs was without DSL he got online from his PC by tethering it to a Motorola Droid. Way cool.

Android in 2013: Applications

The “Android in 2013” blog post series has looked at Android proper to date: on smartphones, on other devices, and the OS itself. Today, let's prognosticate on what may well happen in the world of Android applications.Trying to...

Flipping Back in Time

As has been covered extensively online, AT&T's edition of the Motorola Backflip has disabled the ability to install third-party applications except via the Android Market. Presumably, the rationale is to make it more difficult to...

Raising a Market

Some people have taken issue with my calls for developers to employ alternative markets in addition to — or possibly instead of — the Android Market. The prevailing sentiment seems to be “too much work, not enough results”. That is a...

Ask Not What Google Can Do For Developers...

Many people have lots of ideas of things that Google should do with Android. These range from code changes to Market changes to license changes to support changes. Heck, I've had and written about a few of them myself.However, by and...

Android Needs Google For Now

Android is a free and open platform. Device manufacturers can take the platform and put it on their own devices. Software developers can write applications for Android without concern about being blocked from publishing as they can...

The Ever-Evolving Android

Android 2.0 is a big win for Android users. Google Maps Navigation, better contact management, more camera features, Exchange integration, and the like are all boons for those owning Android 2.0 devices.  Developers get the long-lost...

The Other Android Market

Marco Arment (of Tumblr and Instapaper fame) wrote a piece for his blog back on October 9th, profiling the two sides to the iPhone App Store. While his analysis was aimed at the iPhone, I believe it holds fairly true for Android as...

Protection, Meet Racket

Right now, it is very straightforward — if you publish on Android Market, your application will be made available for free download outside of the Market. This appears to hold true regardless of whether or not you are using the...

There's Not An App For That. Yet.

Apple's marketing campaign for the iPhone has been brilliant, as is their wont. The aspect of it that I find most compelling, though, is the “there's an app for that” campaign. In one fell swoop, they demonstrate to possible buyers...

Java creator says Google's use of Java is "odd"

Google's implementation of Java for Android is odd, says Java creator James Gosling, and done without ensuring Android implementations are compatible with one another. According to an interview with Gosling published by eWeek...

Android Market: Tear Down This Wall!

Perhaps the weakest link in the Android chain is the Android Market. Frankly, it is uninspiring: limited searching, limited descriptions, limited dialogue between developers and customers, limited customer service to developers from...

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