Android Market

  • What’s Next For Google Play? Audiobooks And Magazines

    What’s Next For Google Play? Audiobooks And Magazines

    Yesterday, Google announced the launch of Google Play, a rebranded Android Market which consolidates all of Google’s media offerings, including apps, music, movies and e-books, into one portal. But it appears that Google’s ambitions to create its own iTunes-like experience won’t stop there. In the Help Center for the new Google Play, empty pages titled “Audio… Read More

  • Google Play? What The Hell Was Wrong With Android Market?

    Google Play? What The Hell Was Wrong With Android Market?

    Google often confuses me. The company, with its thousands of genius employees, often makes the most brain-dead decisions. Just earlier today Google rolled out their latest twist on the Android Market — but it’s not called Android Market anymore. Instead of simply redesigning the e-store, Google also re-branded the whole thing to Google Play. The reasoning is sound: the company… Read More

  • Goodbye Android Market, Hello Google Play

    Goodbye Android Market, Hello Google Play

    Google’s Android Market has undergone some tremendous changes over the last year or so. What started as just a standalone app store has quickly grown to encompass e-books, music, videos, and now Google feels like the “Android Market” moniker is getting to be too restrictive, too constraining for what they’re really trying to deliver to their users. That’s why… Read More

  • Clik: Google’s Broken App Search Means We’re Invisible On Android

    Clik: Google’s Broken App Search Means We’re Invisible On Android

    A little more than a week ago, the Clik smartphone app launched, resulting plenty of press coverage and more than 100,000 downloads on iOS (at least according to Clik). But there was one area where the launch fizzled — in the Android Market, where the Clik app is apparently invisible to searches. “Over the weekend, as we get all this hype, nobody could find our app,” says CEO… Read More

  • Google Adds A New Security Layer To The Android Market… A “Bouncer,” If You Will

    Google Adds A New Security Layer To The Android Market… A “Bouncer,” If You Will

    Android malware has been an issue over the past year. Granted, most of the numbers we see out of security software companies are inflated — including malicious apps from third-party sources and ignoring small download figures — but that’s not to say that we can just brush that dirt off our shoulders. Google knows this, and has for a while. Despite the fact that downloads… Read More

  • Android Market’s “Featured Apps” Seeing Explosive Download Numbers

    Android Market’s “Featured Apps” Seeing Explosive Download Numbers

    Getting featured in the Android Market is starting to have a meaningful impact for mobile app developers. According to the recent news from fitness app maker RunKeeper, the company saw a 637% increase in downloads since November after just a few days of being a featured app in the Android Market “Health & Fitness” section. But is RunKeeper seeing the boost because of the… Read More

  • Infographic: Google Goes Wild With Android Market Stats

    Infographic: Google Goes Wild With Android Market Stats

    Google’s been celebrating their recent Android Market milestone with a string of discounted (and awesome) apps, but really — what’s a celebration without an infographic? Thankfully, Google has come through on that front with a slew of stats about the Android Market and the people who use it. Read More

  • 37% Of Published Android Apps Were Later Removed, Compared To 24% Of iOS Apps

    37% Of Published Android Apps Were Later Removed, Compared To 24% Of iOS Apps

    Research firm research2guidance this morning published a (free) report, offering key findings from an analysis of mobile applications store Android Market. According to the firm, the number of active mobile apps in Android Market stood at 319,161 at the end of last month, compared to 459,589 apps that are available in Apple’s App store (the company claims there are 500,000 apps, actually). Read More

  • Android To Surpass Apple's App Store In Size By August 2011: Report (Exclusive)

    Android To Surpass Apple's App Store In Size By August 2011: Report (Exclusive)

    There’s no doubt Android Market will at some point offer more applications for download and/or purchase than Apple’s App Store, as the latter’s growth has been slowing down of late, while the Android application store’s growth rate has been accelerating. In a recent report, app store analytics company Distimo forecasted that Android would surpass the App Store in… Read More

  • Google's New In-App Payments Product Set For Launch In May 2011

    Google's New In-App Payments Product Set For Launch In May 2011

    Google was originally set to debut in-app payments support for Android in the fourth quarter of 2010, and recently said that the launch would be delayed until the end of this quarter. Be that as it may, the company is set to launch another much-anticipated (at least by many app developers or publishers) Web-based in-app transactions product in May 2011. (see updates below) Jambool, the… Read More

  • Google Unveils Android Market Webstore. It's Already Live!

    Google Unveils Android Market Webstore. It's Already Live!

    Today at their Mountain View headquarters, Google held an event to show off Honeycomb, the latest version of the Android operating system. After some demos of the OS itself, Android engineering director Chris Yerga took the stage to show off a big new feature: the Android Market Webstore. Yep, the Market just hit the web. Finally. And it’s already live. Find it here. Yerga notes that… Read More

  • AT&T Carrier billing now supported on the Android Market

    While T-mobile have supported carrier billing on the Android Market since those far-off days of ’09, they have — up until this point — been the only US carrier to do so. BUT NO LONGER! As announced on the Android Developer’s Blog today, Google have been busy rolling out the feature (alongside that recent Market update) to a number of AT&T customers over the last… Read More

  • Google to add content ratings to Android Market

    If you’ve been holding off downloading Hot Buns for Beginners* from the Android Market, for fear that it may not be about baking, then Google have some great news for you: the Android Market will soon include a content rating system. In an email sent out to developers today, Google outlined the new policy (you can find it here), which involves a self-rating system where the developer… Read More

  • Android Market To Show Content Ratings. Devs: Get Them In Or Be Labeled "Mature"

    As Apple CEO Steve Jobs like to point out, the Android Market is great for users who want to find porn. While that may not be exactly true, other Android-based stores are trying to make it true. And perhaps perception was getting too close to reality, as today, Google has announced that in the next few weeks, they’ll be showing content ratings for all apps listed in the Market. While… Read More

  • Android Market update brings with it videos, more screenshots, "recent changes" section

    Android are updating their Market this Friday, and have scheduled a 6-hour outage for developers (not consumers, though). Questions have been raised on what the update will bring (especially with Gingerbread looming around the corner), but today, Android have sent out an email to all registered developers outlining some of the new features/requirements for app listings in the Market. Follow… Read More

  • PayPal Announces Android Market Payment Support, Quickly Pulls It

    Well, well, well. An eagle-eyed reader tells us PayPal posted a short announcement yesterday on its corporate blog, only to pull it mere seconds later. As you can tell from the URL, PayPal was poised to announce support for “all three major mobile platforms” (also see retweets of the blog post). That is: support for Apple’s App Store, Blackberry App World … and… Read More

  • Big News: Google Starts Rolling Out Paid Android Apps Support In More Countries

    Just before the weekend, Google dropped word to developers that paid Android apps support was on its way to more countries than the 14 currently supported. In the email, the company did not specify a timeframe other than “over the next few weeks” and stopped short of saying which markets would be gaining support for paid apps. Now app store analytics company Distimo tells us… Read More

  • 60% Of Apps In Android Market Are Free (Vs. 30% Or Less In Other App Stores)

    App store analytics provider Distimo yesterday published its latest report, once again zooming in on the pricing of mobile applications across a variety of platforms. Consistent with its previous findings, Google’s Android Market has by far the largest share of free applications available compared to other mobile app store, but the gap is also widening. In July 2010, 60% of all… Read More

  • Online Gaming Company Miniclip (Finally) Realizes Potential Of Mobile Games

    You might say the company’s just a tad late to the party, but Miniclip has finally seen the light and is expanding its casual gaming empire by entering the world of mobile games. With a self-declared user base of more than 57 million casual gamers worldwide and a library of more than 600 online games, it’s a wonder really that the London-based company hasn’t made the move… Read More

  • 100,000 Android applications submitted to date, AndroLib claims

    Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Android Market watcher AndroLib says there aren’t 100,000 applications available in the store – yet. There have, however, 100,000 apps been submitted to Android Market since its public debut, the site wagered this morning, up from approximately 5,000 in June 2009. The Androlib directory covers multiple markets, including international ones… Read More

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