Android Market to offer priced apps for G1
Developers in U.S. and U.K. encouraged to offer their apps for the G1 smartphone for sale
IDG News Service - Starting today, developers in the U.S. and U.K. can charge for their Android applications, and T-Mobile G1 phone users will be able to purchase those applications at the Android Market.
The priced applications will be available in the U.S. to end users starting next week and to future users of other Android-based phones, once they begin shipping, according to a post today by Eric Chu on the Android Developers blog.
Last October, Chu reported in a blog that 50 free applications were available for download to the G1. He said that when priced applications begin appearing, developers will get 70% of the revenue for each purchase, with the remainder going to wireless carriers and billing fees.
Google Inc., the primary backer of Android, does not take a percentage of the priced application, he said. "We believe this revenue model creates a fair and positive experience for users, developers and carriers," Chu wrote in October.
Developers must pay a $25 registration fee so that Google can make sure they are authenticated and will be responsible for their apps, Google said.
Chu provided a Web address where U.K. and U.S. developers can upload applications. He said that developers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France and Spain will be allowed to offer priced applications later in the first quarter, and an announcement on support for developers in still other countries should come by the end the first quarter.
Buyers of priced applications will use Google Checkout for payment and billing, so developers must establish a merchant account at the same Web site where they publish their applications.
Today, the Android Market has free mobile banking, games, weather and mapping applications. If other mobile application marketplaces such as Apple's App Store for iPhone software are any indication, Android developers will offer a wide range of business and consumer-priced applications, including digital copies of the Bible and accounting spreadsheets.
- Best iPhone, iPad Business Apps for 2014
- 14 Tech Conventions You Should Attend in 2014
- 10 Desktop Apps to Power Your Windows PC
- How to Add New Job Skills Without Going Back to School
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- OpenStack Hype vs. Reality: CIO Quick Pulse Open-source architecture can enable IT departments to build infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds running on standard hardware.
- The Critical Role of Support in Your Enterprise Mobility Management Strategy Most business leaders underestimate the importance of tech support when they choose an EMM solution. Here's what to put on your checklist.
- Separating Work and Personal at the Platform Level: How BlackBerry Balance Works BlackBerry® Balance™ separates work from personal on the same mobile device, right at a platform level. Find out how it can work for...
- Protection for Every Enterprise: How BlackBerry Security Works Get an IT-level review of BlackBerry® Security, addressing data leakage protection, certified encryption, containerization and much more.
- Live Webcast On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy...
- Live Webcast Unmasking the Differences between Consumer and Enterprise File Sync & Share The consumerization of IT combined with the rapid pace of the modern mobile workplace is forcing enterprise IT teams to evaluate file sync...
- Live Webcast Workforce Mobilization for Improved Productivity A mobility research director from Aberdeen discusses reasons for extending legacy applications to mobile devices, and an integration strategist from Attachmate shows how...
- Getting Ready for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.2 Find out how BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 helps organizations address the full spectrum of EMM challenges, while balancing the needs of both the...
- Containerization Options: How to Choose the Best DLP Solution for Your Organization This webcast outlines a framework for making the right choice when it comes to containerization approaches, along with the pros and cons of... All Mobile/Wireless White Papers | Webcasts
As emerging technologies evolve they often find an initial niche in highly specialized scenarios, or in specific industry verticals, before expanding to wider areas of applicability. Within these initial niches, the early adopters can be anything from digital enthusiasts to fashionistas, or they can be folks simply using the technology because it serves a specific need extremely well. (free registration required) more