Since today is the official launch of the T-Mobile G1 (the first phone to run on Google’s new Android OS), it only seems appropriate that Google has released some details on the official application store for Android. Developers posting their apps up on the Android Marketplace will be able to start charging for their work soon. It turns out, Google has revenue sharing scheme just like Apple. Developers will have to fork over a one time fee of $25 which allows them to post, manage, and update their apps of the Android Marketplace. Then, all revenue that they take in will be split 70/30. For those of you who are thinking "Man, Google just for a bit greedy" think again. The 30% will actually be going to the service providers as a "Thank you" from Google for using Android powered phones. The 30% should be more than enough to cover any additional data charges that T-Mobile or any other carrier will incur from all those data intensive programs that have started popping up on the marketplace today.
Now…. back to my G1.
In an effort to spur a little more development on their new Andorid OS, Google has just released a Flickr app which gives uses a new way to interact with their images stored on Flickr. It is a bit surprising to see Google offer an app for Flickr especially since it is a service offered by their competitor Yahoo and also because just this week Google relaunched their Picasa 3 program and web albums. I’d imagine a Picasa album is in the works, but since Flickr is used by Yahoo’s millions of users every day and has a few billion images to sort through, it makes more senser to capitalize on on Flickr’s huge user base. Flickr has been known for having an incredible API and developers have been taking advantage of it for all it’s worth. Hopfully this will spark some interest in web developers and show them how friendly and easy to use the Android OS can be.
Some of the Android features shown off with the app include:
You can check out some additional iamges from Photostream after the jump.
One of our readers has just given us the heads up about some new info on the Android App Store over in our forum. It turns out that Google will be launching the Android Market App store with the first wave of Android devices (think T-Mobile HTC G1), but like most Google services it seems the store will be in Beta version for a while. Google plans on adding additional analytic tools for developers to the Android Market in a later update.
The good news is that unlike the iPhone App store, the Android Market will be open for any developer. All developers have to do to get their app listed in the store is register, upload, and give their app an enticing description. The App will have a comment and rating system similar to YouTube. This should help better apps surface to the top.
For a few more pictures of the Android Market app store, visit our forum and let us know what you think.