Google’s Market for Android apps has the distinct advantage of being more open than Apple’s App Store. But more users and developers are noticing the drawbacks. We’re wondering where you’d like to see Google use a stronger hand in the Market.
Jon Lech Johansen, developer of the original DVD decryption hack and now the doubleTwist media management software, could accurately be called an Android supporter. DoubleTwist is commonly called “iTunes for Android”, and the app’s development is focused on Android in a big way, even adding its own Market search recently. But looking around the market, Johansen finds it hard to find high-quality apps, easy to find terrible apps, rampant copyright violation, and not enough incentive for developers to try and make money in the Market.
Johansen’s post is well worth the short read, even if the screenshots may make Android fans a little sad. But let’s put that frustration to good use, and dream up ways in which Google could fix up the Market. What do you want to see when you log into the Market, either from your phone or through a much-improved web interface? Would you abolish the star-rating system entirely, or modify the ratings? Should Google be able to offer personalised app recommendations based on your download history?
Put on your thinking caps (and your grumbling … jeans) and tell us where Google’s gone wrong in the Market, and what could fix it, in the comments.
Google’s mismanagement of the Android Market [Jon Lech Johansen’s blog]