Google opens Android Market Web store (plus, why iOS app developers may be in for a 2nd gold rush)

Google opened “its Android Market Web store Wednesday. The store lets users choose apps through a Web browser and have them installed remotely to their smart phones and tablets. Previously, the Android Market was only available on Android-running devices,” Rachel Metz reports for The Associated Press.

“Chris Yerga, director of engineering for Android cloud services, said the move is meant to give users more ways to find and install apps on their Android-running gadgets,” Metz reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Now, if he could only find some Android settlers who are wiling to pay for apps, all would be right in Google’s derivative fragmented world.

Metz continues, “Also Wednesday, Yerga said Google will start supporting in-app purchases, which means that Android app developers could make it possible for users to buy virtual items such as additional levels or features within games. This is a feature Apple Inc.’s iPhone already has.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads. The rest follow. As usual.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We have a theory that goes like this: People who wanted to stay with Verizon Wireless settled for Google Android fakes while waiting for the real thing. However, that was as far as they were willing to go; they weren’t going to invest money into a library of Android apps when they always intended to get an iPhone on Verizon as soon as they could. Now, not only will we see a large shift from Android to iPhone in the U.S. (over the next two years as contracts elapse), but developers are going to experience a second gold rush as these new iPhone users excitedly invest in apps.

36 Comments

  1. Funny.

    I choose an app and the little popup come in view and as I moved inside the store the popup followed me.

    Real annoying and is google that desperate that an app popup will follow you around asking for a purchase.

    Real good Google. Stop begging!

  2. I pay $145 per month for my T-mobile data plan with another three phones on an unlimited texting plan for my family.
    I’d have to cough up $120 for just an iPhone on Verizon.
    I can’t afford Verizon or an iPhone.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I love Apple products.
    I’ve got a newer iMac, iPod touch, I’m typing this on my iPad, and I fixed an HP XW4200 workstation by Hackintoshing it for fun (I bought the install disk if you’re wondering).
    Some things I just refuse to pay more for, and my Android (for better or worse) is a nice alternative for me.
    Don’t be haters, live and let live…

  3. @acid
    That’s been a big reason for Windows’ continued existence. A crappy computer is better than no computer. There will continue to be those kind of people. They aren’t Apple customers anyway. Let them settle for less.

  4. @Angryshortguy – I am in the same boat. I have four kids and I decided to go with a much lower cost plan on T-Mobile. I have iPhone 4 envy, but not enough to shell out the dough on a monthly basis. I would be a lot better off if I could pay based upon bandwidth consumption because I don’t plan to live on it. I don’t need an “unlimited” plan and I prefer not to subsidize the data gluttons who gorge on those plans.

  5. KingMel:

    In that case, you won’t really find a cheaper smartphone deal than AT&T. Actually, you could (Virgin Mobile), but minutes are rather low. Otherwise, a cheap Android phone ($200), 300 minutes voice, unlimited text & data for $25 (including taxes!). No family plans, no free nights and weekends, or free mobile-to-mobile. Still, the cheapest possible smartphone plan out there.

  6. Being able to remotely install Apps on my iOS devices would be great! Steve Jobs mentioned in an email that wireless syncing was coming some time in 2011. Hopefully iOS also supports this type of remote App installation.

    I just got my mother-in-law an iPhone 4 ($100 refurbished). I think she will love it, but I don’t think she will want to worry about installing Apps and stuff. If I could manage her iPhone remotely that would be perfect.

  7. @Angryshortguy
    If I were you I would go back to T-Mobile and discuss your plans. My kids have Android on T-Mobile (hello Apple!) and we don’t pay any where near what you pay.

  8. MDN – what are you smoking?

    “Google’s derivative fragmented world” — Uh, what about Apple’s fragmented world? Lots of people like me are on iOS 3. Sure, iOS 4 is available for my 3G, but I tried that. It runs so slow that I had to go back to iOS 3. And there are lots of apps that now won’t work with iOS 3. That’s fragmentation! Sure I could upgrade to a new phone (and will soon) to go to iOS 4. But how is that different than people who have an Android? If they want the latest and greatest version, they can upgrade to a new phone too.

    “developers are going to experience a second gold rush as these new iPhone users excitedly invest in apps” – Yeah, right. Aren’t these the same folks who you always say are too cheap to buy Android apps now? So switching to an iPhone will somehow magically make them open up the pocketbooks and buy apps? Not sure I’m buying that line.

    I know this is a pro-Mac site, but c’mon. Let’s be reasonable.

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