Android Market Opens To Developers, But Many Games, Apps Fall Short


The Android Market opened up to more developers this week and the applications and games are starting to flood in — but so far at least, they’re of limited appeal. At last count, there are 124 applications and 28 games available in the mobile storefront. Google (NSDQ: GOOG) requires developers to register and pay a one-time application fee of $25. (The number of applications is nothing compared to the App Store


Benjamin Wesson

Although some of the initial offerings for the G1 look questionable, it’s great that Google has managed to get people talking about applications in this way. With only free applications available at present, it’s perhaps understandable that a lot of these aren’t going to set the world alight.

However, things should hopefully get more interesting in January, when Google releases all of the G1’s paid-for applications. Google has been making all of the right noises about the G1 as a serious business device, and so one would assume that there’s a host of really innovative corporate applications ready to be unveiled. There’s a massive potential market there for Google to exploit, so let’s hope it manages to do so.

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