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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...

One Man's Wish List for Android

Google I/O is scheduled for late May, not late December. That being said, it's time for a wish list, of the things I would like to see that will make Android that much more compelling to the public, to developers, and to people like...

Assembling the Android army: focusing the challenge

About one month ago, Dan Morrill wrote about the second Android Developer Challenge (ADC), "The second ADC will definitely not be a clone of the first ADC. We expect to have all this finalized and announce rules within a couple...

Comparing Apples and app stores

Apple's iPhone App Store was first to market and as such, is the standard by which all other smartphone application stores are measured--all six of them (and counting). Gizmodo has a nice rundown of all six, and the upshot? Google's...

Revamped Web Gmail hints at mobile future

Google just revamped the Web browser version of its Gmail for mobile, and while the improvements--especially offline mode--are spiffy, the fact they were made at all leaves some scratching their heads. Why revamp the browser version...

Monetizing 'Droids: the sub way

The Monetizing 'Droids series of posts are ways of thinking about the identifying, pricing, marketing, and selling Android applications, blending what has worked in other areas with the subtle nuances that Android imposes.In a...

Google clarifies stance on paid apps

When the Android Market began offering paid apps last month, developers with the unlocked version of Google's Android phone quickly learned that they couldn't access them. The policy, which threatened to alienate the small developer...

Monetizing 'Droids: staples and the Orion

The Monetizing 'Droids series of posts are ways of thinking about the identifying, pricing, marketing, and selling Android applications, blending what has worked in other areas with the subtle nuances that Android imposes.As...

Assembling the Android army: what we have here...

It seems sad to have to continue this theme another week, but it is certainly the most pressing topic du jour...The ADP1 developer phone lacks the firmware update to allow it to see priced applications in the Android Market. Even...

Google won't trust developers with paid apps

Google has a track record of continually asking for trust. Through its various applications, including Gmail, Docs, StreetView, and especially Latitude, Google readily admits it keeps and uses private user data, but only to "improve...

Assembling the Android army: true blue

Last week, the Android Market opened for priced applications. Immediately thereafter, the problem reports started rolling in to the developer support group:  Nobody quite knew who was supposed to be able to see what in the Market...

Guitar Hero comes to the Android G1

Now that the Android Market is sporting for-pay applications, users of the Android-based G1 can now download a mobile version of Guitar Hero World Tour and rock out via the phone's touchscreen. While Guitar Hero has been available on...

It's official: Android Market offers paid apps

As expected, Google announced that its Android Market, the free-for-all marketplace for all things Android, is now accepting priced applications. And that's good news both for developers, who now have a big incentive to post new...

Android Market goes for-pay this week?

That's the rumor, based on the very last line of a Wall St. Journal article examining Microsoft's mobile strategy. The Android Market has been up and running since the first Google Android-based phone debuted from HTC and T-Mobile,...

Monetizing 'Droids: four flavors of free

The Monetizing 'Droids series of posts are ways of thinking about the identifying, pricing, marketing, and selling Android applications, blending what has worked in other areas with the subtle nuances that Android imposes.Before we...

Waiting for Goodot

One gets the sense that the world's Android application developers are holding their collective breath, waiting for Google to open the Android Market up to non-free applications. Any number of applications in the Market today are...

Android gets Skype, iPhone has to wait

Good news for all those Skype users who got a G1 Android phone over the holidays. Skype just rolled out a beta version of Skype Lite, a free Java-based app available via the Android Market, that brings Skype's free voice-over-IP...

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