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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Google Renames Android Market to Play Store

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:30 AM

"Google's content portal for Android apps, music, books and video content has been consolidated under a new name -- Google Play."

If you haven't gotten the update you probably will very soon. Google is pushing out a new version of the Market called the Play Store. They are also replacing your current Books, Music, and Movies apps with Play Books, Play Music, and Play Movies. I think this move makes a lot of sense rather than educating people that they can use the Android Market on the web with their Windows PC to buy books, music, and video. It's a good time to check for deals too. There are apps for $0.49 and lots of other discounts as well.

Here is one thing to watch out for if you have a Motorola device. This update will cause your Market link at the top right of your app drawer to stop working. Hopefully Motorola will fix this soon on many of their devices. It's not a huge deal since you can still launch the new store using the Play Store icon but it's annoying.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New App Store for Banned Apps on the Way

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"An Android developer by the name of Koushik Dutta is building an alternative Android app store which will house the apps that have been banned from Google’s official Android Market. These will include the custom ROMs (customized versions of the Android OS), classic gaming emulators pulled due to copyright complaints, unofficial tethering apps removed at the behest of mobile operators, Visual Voicemail apps, one-click rooting apps, and more."

Koushik Dutta, the developer known for creating ClockworkMod, is creating an app store for things like tethering apps, ROMs, emulators, and whatever else doesn't have a home on any other market. There is no launch date right now but if you check the source you'll see a screen shot of a page for a developer to upload, showing progress has been made.

One thing I love about Android is the app store options you have without having to jump through hoops other than check one box in your settings. It took AT&T a while to get a clue but other than that no carrier has had a problem with alternate app stores. It will be interesting to see how carriers respond once this new app store becomes a reality.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Have you Bought an Android App Lately?

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 06:00 PM

"What Distimo discovered this time is that, for a variety of reasons, Android generates far fewer runaway hits. The most successful app in the Android Market, with more than 50 million downloads, is a Google freebie: Google Maps. Nothing else comes close."

This is an interesting article about how developers in general seem to have a much harder time selling apps on the Android Market than the Apple App Store. I don't disagree with their general conclusion or even doubt the different statistics they present but I do think there are a few additional points to consider that I think are note worthy and valuable even it they don't necessarily change the whole picture.

First, Apple sells things at premium prices. Apple customers are used to paying and, often times, paying a lot for what they get. While one can argue that they are getting a premium product for the money the opposite can also be argued fairly easily I think. The bottom line here is Apple customers are often ready and willing to pay. Second, with iOS devices you have no choice of where to buy from. The Android Market is only one of many places to buy Android Apps. Stores like,, and the Amazon Appstore for Android are great examples of Android app stores that filter what they allow in their store keeping quality higher. Besides having less apps that are not worth your time this also provides some price competition as well as giving you other ways to find new apps. Third, I don't have good data to back this up but I think I have heard that advertisements in apps for Android are more developer friendly then they are on iOS. That could be some of the reason for the sales gap between the two platforms. Maybe programmers are happy with their ad revenue and Android. I heard a number of months ago that Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, makes over $1,000,000 a month on advertising in Angry Birds for Android. Forth, there are benefits to the fact that anyone can create an app for Android and make it available to the consumer right away at no cost to them. Sure, you'll end up with some extra fluff that way but it also means that a developer won't need to jump through hoops to get out a critical update in a timely fashion.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. I would especially be interested to here from any developers out there.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Amazon Cloud Player And Cloud Drive: Keep Your Music And Everything Else In Amazon's Cloud

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 04:00 PM

Well, ain't that a kick in the teeth? Look who managed to get their cloud based music service out the door first. I am very excited about this as I get all my music from Amazon already. Now I can also leave a copy in the cloud at no additional cost. The service works very well so far. I purchased an album from my phone just to see how it works. The purchase went through as normal but pretty much skipped the download phase. This option can be changed though to just download your music as you did before but why? I discovered that music you buy through the Amazon MP3 store does NOT count towards your 5GB of storage space! So I will have all my purchases saved into the cloud from now on. It's just one button press to download it to your phone like it used to. Once purchased the tracks can be played through your Android device in the Amazon MP3 app or from any computer using a web browser. It is also worth noting if you buy an album from the Amazon store before the end of this year you will get your storage space upgraded to 20GB for one year from the date of purchase. For FREE!

Other than buying music from Amazon you can upload any of your already purchased music or any music you've ripped into Cloud Player. This, of course, does count against your total storage space. I really wish I could retroactively upload all the music I've already purchased from Amazon into that "doesn't count against my storage space" location. One really neat thing though is that Amazon allows you to use your storage space to upload any type of file you want. They provide a nice web interface much like Dropbox where you can upload files from your hard drive. They call this Cloud Drive. While there are no sync features as with Dropbox the upgraded storage plans are about half the price. Something you may want to consider if you need a big chunk of cloud storage. This is pretty much a no-brainer for anyone who already uses Amazon for their music needs but is it enough to sway people away from iTunes or from what ever magical music service Google has up their sleeves?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Buy Your Next SuperBowl Tickets on Your Phone with StubHub

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 05:00 AM

"Now you can purchase those SuperBowl tickets for your family or those Justin Bieber tickets for your “niece” directly from an Android phone running 2.1 or higher. Considering how quickly events sell-out and how tough it is to find a decent price at online sellers, this will allow you to find tickets when you can’t make it to a desktop computer."

If you go to a lot of concerts or sporting events this is an app for you! StubHub will show you what's coming up next week. You can use it to find events based on price or availability. You can even use it to resell tickets if you want. It looks and sounds pretty full featured to me. Let us know if you try it out!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Store for Android Games Opens its Virtual Doors:

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

""We aim at solving the mobile app discovery problem through our editorially selected premium games in a social community environment", explains David An. This is done by an inhouse editorial team which only selects premium Android games - violent-free and non-adult content."

Are you looking for better way to find new Android games? Give a try. With so many duplicates and poor quality games out there it's great to have a store that weeds those out. I used Play Android to quickly find a game. Then I scanned the QR code with my phone to install it from the Android Market. I'll definitely go back. I like the organization and the information provided. Take a look and let us know what you think! You can follow the "More" link for the full press release. Read more...

Tags: store, app, game, android

Friday, February 18, 2011

Google Music Service To Launch With Honeycomb?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 03:00 PM

"Google is to launch a music service to compete with Apple's iTunes music store as part of a forthcoming upgrade to its Android mobile operating system, according to Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility, which will soon launch one of the first machines able to run the software."

We heard a bit of buzz about Google Music a few weeks ago and now it appears that Mr. Sanjay Jha has given us a bit more to chew on. According to Jha, Google's Honeycomb version of Android will include "video and music services". If we assume that Honeycomb will officially launch with the Xoom and bring with it the launch of Google's music service this rumor will line up nicely with the previous timeline we heard. I can't wait to see what Google brings us on the music front.

Tags: music, store, mp3, google

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Google Music Service Coming As Soon As Next Month?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"Android is worldwide, and now, Rubin is focusing more on music. He and former YouTube lawyer, Zahavah Levine have been talking to four major music labels, and although nothing has been confirmed, they are stating that the labels are more willing to work with them now that 'Rubin is involved.'"

I am excited to see what Google has in store for us on the music front. I love what they've done with Google eBookstore and hope they bring something similar with Google Music or Google eMusicstore or whatever they call it. Though I do hope there is a way that I can load or sync the music I already own into the system. I'm pretty happy with Amazon's MP3 store but really curious to see what Google has in ready for us.

Tags: music, store, google

Friday, December 31, 2010

Video Demos Coming to the Android Market

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

"Right now, there are about 2,000 apps with newly-added videos in the Market but they aren't being displayed just yet. They're also available via the Market API, so some sites like Appsfire have already begun integrating the video demos into their own listings via the Market API."

Video demos will be a great addition to the Market. Especially since return time was shortened to 15 minutes. While I don't think this is a replacement for a longer return time this should help reduce the returns needed. Have you bought an app lately that you returned or wished you would have? Would a video have been enough to keep you from wasting time and/or money?

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