Google’s Android App Store opens with 13 whole apps

“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

26 Comments

  1. This is kind of stunning. After all the hype about disgruntled developers leaving the iPhone in droves, herds, masses, flocks and gaggles, I thot there would be at least a couple hundred apps for the G-Phone.

    Looks like that one app which tells you how far you can throw the G-Phone might come in handy for developers planning on making money.

    Oh, I forgot, you can’t actually make money on G-Phone apps yet!

  2. @Skeeter

    “i have my iphone up on ebay and am anxious to get the G1.”

    You realize, of course, that “anxious” means “afraid” or “fearful,” don’t you? (Having an anxiety attack just isn’t a good thing.) Did you actually mean “eager” instead of “anxious”? And if so . . . WHY?

  3. Ironically, if Android is wildly successful, then the danger of “bad” applications will be increased. Right now it’s just developers and testers, there are almost no actual consumers with the phone in their hands. So the “self-policing” part probably works great, but if there were as many apps as in the iphone store it won’t work at all.

    Also, given the absolute mountainous pile of crapola, scams, adware etc. that already exists in the “controlled” iPhone store, I shudder to think what Android Market will eventually look like if it takes off at all.

  4. WOOWWW! 13 apps written by 100 developers, that is huge…

    Linux is a open source OS and it has not displaced Mac OS or Windows. I really don’t think that copying apple will give the the success… I mean, Linux is great, but does not have the Apple support (any support) or the easy to use as the Mac or the many years on the market as Microsoft (even that microsoft windows is crappy OS)

  5. 13 apps… what’s that, one app for each Android phone sold?

    On a more serious note, the overall consensus is that Android is a promising platform, but it’s a bit immature yet. It’s at least 2 years behind the iPhone and that’s probably being a bit generous.

    Right now, there is no reason for developers to jump on board as there is no money to be made. When the iPhone app store opened up, there were already millions of iPhones sold with customers waiting to buy software. If the Android platform ever does become popular, I’d expect developers to flock to that platform just as fast.

    For the time being, the iPhone sure seems to have a lot of momentum. I don’t see a clear end in sight there either. Time will tell…

  6. Mr Paul needs to look up the term “decimated”. While it is commonly used to mean “slaughtered”, “destroyed”, “eliminated” and the like, it actually means that one in ten was killed. So, if there are thirteen left after the group was “decimated”, that would mean the group started with fourteen, perhaps fifteen. Of course, it is possible what he meant was that five or six of the original group will have been lost – once those not showing initially are re-coded. I suspect, though, he was just being needlessly sloppy.
    When the Romans decimated a population, pretty much everyone in that population lost a loved one. A terrible punishment for a community believed to be harboring “terrorists” or “rebels”, but not designed to make them non-productive.

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