Android Market eclipsed the 100,000 app milestone today, according to a tweet from the Android Developer Twitter account. This puts Android Market on a solid pace though still trailing Apple’s App Store by a wide margin.
Users of Google Android phones may soon be able to use PayPal to purchase mobile applications, making it easier to add software to Android handsets. Would such a purchase mechanism be solely limited to Android software or might we see Google start hawking music and books?
Android has become popular with app developers, and with the Android Market now supporting paid apps in a dozen new countries it may become the platform of choice. Previously Google has restricted the countries where apps could be sold and customers were denied them.
Google’s new App Inventor could create a wave of new apps to serve as vehicles for mobile advertisements. But with Android Market already developing a Wal-Mart-like reputation, the do-it-yourself developer kit needs to produce apps people really use — and ones advertisers will really pay for.
It’s time to clean up the Android Market before the poor experience and questionable apps get out of hand. There are already 65,000 apps to be found there, so the time is right for Google to follow these simple steps and neaten the store.
Many laud Google’s Android Market and its loose barriers to application entry, but that doesn’t mean Google should be totally hands off, does it? Some updated applications are disappearing from the Market on certain devices and it’s taking days for Google to even acknowledge the issue.
Google’s Android Market shows a blistering growth rate, with the store about to crest the 50,000 title mark. Before it catches up to Apple’s iTunes App Store however, Google needs to address two key issues with its storefront, in order to help both consumers and developers.
Few developers of location-aware mobile apps are distributing titles across multiple storefronts, but those who are are doing it because they want downloads rather than revenue, according to data out today from Skyhook Wireless.
Android Market has grown its library to 20,000 apps as the competition with Apple’s App Store heats up. But Google must find ways to help users find what they’re looking for in its increasingly crowded storefront.