“Early adopters of T-Mobile’s G1 might be in for a surprise today when they open up their phones. The Android app market has been decimated with only about 13 applications available out of an expected 50 or 60,” Ian Paul reports for PC World.
“It turns out the drop in Apps was due to a software change on Google’s end, and that once developers have a chance to upgrade their programs we should see them available for download again,” Paul reports.
“How long this will take or why Google suddenly changed its software is unclear, but I suppose that’s the way it goes in the chaotic world of open source computing,” Paul reports.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Kirk G.” for the heads up.]
Apple CEO Steve Jobs yesterday announced that the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch would mark its 200 millionth app download today and that there is currently a rapidly-growing library of over 5,500 apps available in 62 countries around the world.
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