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September 25, 2008


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Yes Scott, In fact I was being 'kind' about the carriers.

I have some ideas on the Google App Market, there may be a "third way" to deal with it.

Stay tuned.

Scott Miller

Thanks for the article. I have had my share of trying to deal with the carriers with MojoBaby. I can say with absolute certainty that the carriers are not as bad as you may think... They are worse :)

This is exactly why we have held off developing for anything beyond iPhone and Smartphones. I was really excited about developing for Android before I read this :(


Scott Miller
MojoBaby Inc.


Google needs to recognize the value of the Apple App Store and address these concerns. Google does have a billing system in place, Google Checkout, so they could act as a single point of contact for app sales. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Oliver Starr

Well, I guess about now I can start feeling smug and say "I told you so". The fun part is I really did tell people that this was the big question about Android and I can prove it. In an article I penned for the Register Developer several months ago no less: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/09/android_developer_choice/

In that piece I pondered the question of how developers were going to generate revenue when developing for Google and that question, far from being answered appears to be as murky as ever.

What does this mean? It seems to me that it means that the smart money (or the smart developer really) is going to bet on the sure thing which is the Apple App Store. After all, if one guy in his garage can pull in a cool quarter of a million buck in just a couple of months then why risk the time, energy and frustration of being forced to deal with the arbitrary and capricious nature of the carriers, the requirement to port to multiple devices (especially considering that so far only one device is running Android) and the fact that the carrier could change terms for the worse and screw you even more than you're already being screwed at any moment.

While the App Store may be frustrating and have certain limitations that seem unfair, at this point it is certainly a far more known evil than the one that Google's version of "open" seems to be offering.

Oliver Starr

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