Sorry to say this but Google either needs to patrol the waters more often or close up the system specs for hardware. This app works on this phone but not on this phone and only partially works on this phone... There are some great free android apps and some good fee apps but this example is why apple wins in this department (and to an extent Microsoft), you must be able to provide all features of a platform, or at least make a distinction of which phone can run which features (tables only confuse this matter more).
Exactly the reason why I stopped developing my app on the Android, but still continue to develop it on the iPhone. Even though I prefer the Android, 93% of my profit came from the iTunes App Store, while only 7% came from the Android store. Just didn't become worth it to continue developing for the Android.
... Tuesday i had a aPad to repair... it waz android based... so it waz my first encounter with android based device to repair... so... i waz disappointed too... android helped to spawn many good devices... but... it also spawned a $#it load of cr@ppy devices, like aPad... so... it seems, that the android based installbase is big... but most of iz on cr@ppy devices...
[citation][nom]DjEaZy[/nom]... Tuesday i had a aPad to repair... it waz android based... so it waz my first encounter with android based device to repair... so... i waz disappointed too... android helped to spawn many good devices... but... it also spawned a $#it load of cr@ppy devices, like aPad... so... it seems, that the android based installbase is big... but most of iz on cr@ppy devices...[/citation]
I personally think the market place works well enough. However, Google are being retarded by thinking they can earn money like Crapple with it, simply because of the already mentioned "open-source" thing...They just looked at apple and were like "ZOMG, look how much money they are making off their zombie followers!!!! We need to do that too!" ...problem is...Android has intelligent users, proven by the fact that their is almost always an alternative free/ad-based app around, which is then preferred to the paid one.
I'm spoiled by the amount of excellent free software on the PC. Sure it's worth paying for Photoshop, MS Office, 3ds max and the like that but for simpler stuff there is excellent free software everywhere. The thing with phones is every app is simple stuff and enthusiasm of developers who give away their work for free is enough for most people to not be interested in apps they have to pay for.
id love the OVI store on Nokia to haw clear markers cuss some apps or programs dont work for each individual phones and most dont ewer clear out whot phone works for whot app. you simply has to be in luck some poor dude before you with the same phone tryed it out and read his comment.
Until now Google has done everything they could to favour ads/free apps. Afterall thats their business. Their undoing may be that developers wont stay with them unless its worthwhile. For most it has not been worthwhile.
If you want me to program nice apps, on a limited resource environment, I'm using C derived programming languages. Otherwise i'm severly limited by poor java like memory managment and fragmentation becomes an issue i cannot scale with. So no, Bad Google, Bad.