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Google Announces Android Market

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Aug 28, 2008, 1:25 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today Google announced the Android Market, which will be an open content distribution system where users can find, purchase, download and install content on their Android-powered phones. Google will host the service and allow developers to use it to get their applications into the hands of end users. It will have a rating and feedback system similar to YouTube. Google says the process for getting content into the Android Market has only three steps: register as a merchant, upload and describe the app/service and publish it. The Android Market will be a beta feature on the first wave of Android handsets. Google says decisions about how it will function are still being made, so it is not yet a final product. Google expects the market to offer free and paid content. Google will finalize the market after Android officially launches, and provide a software update to the first wave of phones.

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Aug 28, 2008, 8:24 PM


glad they announced a market for a phone that hasn't come out yet.

congratulations. bring out the phone!
Actually, it makes a lot of sense to make this announcement now. The market needs to be up and ready to go when the phone comes out.

However, we are not waiting for "the phone" because Android is not a phone - it is an operating system that will b...

Aug 28, 2008, 2:49 PM


Google is saying one thing with this "android market", they are coming after apple and they are coming out swinging! Nice to see a company with the money, marketing sense and creativeness of Google go after apple.
Both Apple & Google are known for keeping tabs on all of their customers but which one will sell you out for profit first?

google tracks every search you have and wants to sell the location to websites...

and well apple knows everything you've e...
is Google's market will probably work better and have better apps when they launch their beta market then apples store.

Aug 28, 2008, 8:03 PM

Good for Google!

The great thing about Android is that, although Google is starting its own market, Google isn't insisting on being the only market for Android apps. Others (like us, www.getjar.com, if I can humbly mention it), who are already in the apps download space, will help them and all of the Android developers to maximize distribution of Android apps across many more channels. So, we all owe Google a big pat on the back for knocking one more hole in the walled garden. 😎
Grrr.... you were just about to be my hero for the day, but your site offers no software specific to my phone model (8330 Curve). You have the 8300, 8310, and 8320, no 8330.
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