Android Market Launches on the Web!
Feb 2, 2011 1:46 PM –
Google just launched their long awaited web-based Android Market! Android users no longer have to depend on searching for and installing Android apps via their phones or tablets. Apps can be installed wirelessly over the web directly to devices, plus it supports multiple devices.
Due to consumer outcry alternative market listing websites have popped up such as AndroLib and AppBrain (we even have our own Android Market Apps listing). The latter achieved the best wireless app sync and install from the Web via their AppBrain Market Sync app. What does this mean for alternative markets? The threat is coming!
Appbrain has a few features Google’s Android Market lacks such as ability to uninstall via the Web and filtering of apps by pay type, day, week, popularity, geography and gender whereas Google only offers pay type and popularity. What many users need is better discoverability and search capability of apps… a solution no provider seems yet to master.
Moreover, Google demoed support for in-app purchases for developers to maximize revenue oppurtunities. Shown off was Disney’s Tap Tap Revenge 4 as additioinal gaming songs required a $0.99 purchase. Other examples of how developers can take advantegous of this impulse buying experience is in-app purchases for additional game levels, unlocking features or premium versions of apps.
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