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.
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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.