Google making Changes to Android Market


Forbes is reporting that Google is unhappy with the Android Market. Apparently, people don’t like paying for Apps. (who knew?) Android’s Platform Manager said there will be changes in the future including Carrier billing and In-app payments. My guess is you are going to start to see a lot of cool little apps suddenly cost $0.99! Google will be banking on users making impulse purchases when they don’t have to pay up front and just have it added to their bill at the end of the month (Bill Shock).

Apple has been very much more successful at having most applications actually cost money and developers are eager to continue to produce for the platform because of it. Looks like Google finally wants to make some money off Android.

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  • Jdub January 27, 2011, 10:17 am

    Google’s motto: “We don’t innovate; we imitate…”

  • Gigglegut January 27, 2011, 7:47 pm

    Hmph!? Another faddish Apple user. Nice.

  • Jeff Hollaway January 28, 2011, 9:01 am

    I’m an Android User. I do think they should start charging for apps. I love that a lot of them are free and some should be free. But I don’t mind paying for something that is good. So as long as it does not cost an unreasonable amount. I had a iPhone and most of the apps cost some money but I didn’t mind paying 99 cents here 1.99 there… Don’t go overboard of course. I think that the culture of Android users now, is free is what’s to be expected.

  • Gigglegut January 29, 2011, 3:47 am

    I agree with Mr. Hollaway here. I’m both apple and android user. An average person doesn’t mind paying .99 cents to 1.99 for a good app. Some of them are over priced, both apple and android.

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