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Google fights the AppStore with Android Market

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Google fights the AppStore with Android Market
The success of the iPhone’s AppStore has been a positive sign for software developers and now with Google’s Android OS approaching an official release the possibilities to deliver software to a second platform are becoming a reality. According to Google, they will be launching an open content distribution system that will help users find, purchase, download and install various types of content on their Android-powered devices. The distribution system will be known as ‘Android Market’ and it will have a very similar look, style and implementation to Apple’s AppStore.

Developers will be able to make their content available on an open service hosted by Google that features a feedback and rating system similar to YouTube. We chose the term “market” rather than “store” because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available.

Similar to YouTube, content can debut in the marketplace after only three simple steps: register as a merchant, upload and describe your content and publish it. We also intend to provide developers with a useful dashboard and analytics to help drive their business and ultimately improve their offerings.”

With an open-source platform, Android Market’s open content distribution system and a pending release of the HTC Dream/G1 on T-mobile USA Q4 2008 should be very interesting. We still expect the Dream to launch in October on T-mobile as Google has announced that they are very close to finalizing the Android OS build for a full-scale release. Now all we need are more device announcements across additional carriers and we might have ourselves some serious buzz.

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