Google today shared early details of “Android Market,” an open content distribution system that will help end users find, purchase, download and install various types of content on their Android-powered devices.
Eric Chu blogs for Google, “Developers will be able to make their content available on an open service hosted by Google that features a feedback and rating system similar to YouTube. We chose the term ‘market’ rather than ‘store’ because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available. Similar to YouTube, content can debut in the marketplace after only three simple steps: register as a merchant, upload and describe your content and publish it.”
MacDailyNews Take: Rumor has it that Apple Board member Al Gore thinks this is a “risky scheme.” It seems downright dangerous to us. How soon until the first malicious app gets uploaded, unchecked, to the Android Market? Day one.
Chu continues, “Developers can expect the first handsets to be enabled with a beta version of Android Market. Some decisions are still being made, but at a minimum you can expect support for free (unpaid) applications. Soon after launch an update will be provided that supports download of paid content and more features such as versioning, multiple device profile support, analytics, etc.”
Full blog post, which contains some screenshots, here.
[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Doric” for the heads up.]
Cool idea. Wonder where they got it from?
So, with this new Apple-derivative push — making an OS and now an App Store for the poor man’s iPhone — is Google vying to become the next Microsoft?
In an interview early this year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was said to be “skeptical about Google’s decision to develop smartphone software… ‘Having created a phone its a lot harder than it looks,’ he said. ‘We’ll see how good their software is and we’ll see how consumers like it and how quickly it is adopted.’ In seeking not to get locked out of the mobile phone world, ‘I actually think Google has achieved their goal without Android, and I now think Android hurts them more than it helps them. It’s just going to divide them and people who want to be their partners.'” – The New York Times, January 15, 2008