The Android Market is now offering priced apps to G1 users. I still have not seen any, but have gotten reports from a few people that they are starting to show up. For those of you still wondering how you will pay for the priced apps, Google has chosen to use their Google Checkout service. This allows them to integrate the e-mail account used on the phone to be tied in to the payment system. We’ve also dug up Google’s Android Market policies and have chosen to highlight a few of them. there will be a 24 hour buyers remorse period, so if you paid for an app and it’s not something you want to keep, Google will get your money back. Also, don’t expect any Porn applications to show up on the Android Market. Google’s committed to keeping their Android OS and the Marketplace child friendly.
- Returns: You have 24 hours from the time of purchase (not download) to return any applications purchased from Android Market for a full refund of any applicable fees. The option to return an application within this timeframe will be made available to you through the Android Market user interface. You may not return any Products other than applications.
- Upgrades: Android Market does not provide upgrade functionality for any Products. If a Product offers free or paid upgrades, those upgrades must be obtained directly from the Developer responsible for the Product.
- Reinstalls: You are allowed an unlimited number of reinstalls of each application obtained via the Market.
- Product Removals: From time to time, Google may discover a Product on the Market that violates the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement or other legal agreements, laws, regulations or policies. In such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your Device at its sole discretion. If that occurs Google will make reasonable efforts to recover the purchase price of the Product, if any, from the originating Developer on your behalf. If Google is unable to recover the full amount of the purchase price, it will divide any recovered amounts between the affected users on a pro rata basis.
- Chargeback and Billing Disputes: Google is not responsible for billing disputes arising from purchases on Android Market. All billing issues should be directed to the Developer in question, the payment processor, or your credit card company as appropriate.
- Customer Support: Support for the use and operation of the Market (including how to find, purchase, download, return and remove Products) is provided by Google in the user interface of the Market application. Google does not provide customer support for Products distributed by Developers on Android Market. Each Developer is responsible for determining the level of customer support they provide and you should contact them directly.
Android has not been known to be business friendly. The lack of Exchange support and it’s inability to read or write Microsoft Office files have dealt it a huge setback in the corporate market. Quickoffice is not offering a solution to part of that problem. Quickoffice for Android now gives business users (or anyone else who want to access their Office files) the ability to sort through their Word and Excel files from their Android handset. Unfortunately, there is still now way you will be able to edit those files on your phone quite yet, but it’s better than nothing.
Quickoffice allows you to open .doc and .xls files, zoom through their contents, and even adjusts screen orientation with the built-in accelerometer. It also ships with a file manager that allows you to sort, navigate, rename, and delete those Word and Excel files. Quickoffice is available on the Android Market for $7.99 (ok, that’s what their website says, but we still have not seen it show up).
For decades, computer users have been able to edit and create pictures on their computer, now Android users can join in on the fun! The Android Comeks app hit the market a bit over a week ago. Since then, is has racked up over 10,000 downloads and for good reason. The app allows you to customize the pictures on your Android phone or create new ones from scratch with the many stickers and other add-ons. Ok, Comeks is no Photoshop, but it does allow you to edit the opacity, brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue. Other fun image effects include Twirl and Pinch. Once you’re finished customizing all the pictures of your friends, you can share your pictures from Comeks directly with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Bebo, or send them off with an MMS to email. It might not be the most earth shattering app on the android Market, but Comeks adds a little fun to your every day MMS messages and is always great for a laugh of two.
If you wanna share you’re Comeks picture creations, simply upload them to flickr and post the link in the comment section. Hope you enjoy!
Today, Eric Chu from the Android developers blog released a statement saying that the Android Market is now accepting priced applications. Google Checkout will be implemented as the only billing and payment service for app developers and app purchasers (that’s you!). You should start seeing priced apps hitting the Android Market by the middle of next week in the US and UK. Google will be rolling out priced apps to Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France, and Spain later in the quarter. Australia should see the free apps on the Android Market on February 15th with Singapore trailing behind only by a couple of weeks. This news marches up with our report from Monday that the HTC G1 is launching next week.
Just like the iPhone, the G1 has suffered when it comes to GPS navigation. Don’t get us wrong, Google Maps does an incredible job of getting you to the right place or finding local restaurants and businesses. But map licensing complications have not allowed Google to give users turn-by-turn GSP directions in the same way a dedicated GPS unit does. On February 24th, Telnav is planning on changing all of that! TeleNav GPS Navigator will be launching with 10 million business listings; gas prices; weather updates and restaurant reviews accompanied by real time turn-by-turn directions. Ok, so you can already get most of those features on the G1, but this will be the first true GSP application that will allow you to throw out your dedicated GPS unit. Telnav will launch a 30 day free trial on February 24th. After the trial period is up, Telnav will charge $10 a month for the application.
Be sure to check out what Telnav will look like on the G1 after the break.
So you’ve scored a new phone loaded with Android; now is the time to load it with all those apps that keep your life in order and running smooth. Whether you’re a student, businessman, or simply love Android, the apps below are sure to make your live a little easier.
Locale: When was the last time you were in class, a meeting, or the library, only to have your cell phone begin ringing loudly? It never seems the ringer is turned down when you need it to be. With Locale, an app designed by MIT students, you can program to the phone to automatically act in a specific way when you’re in a predefined location, as designated by the user.
This is accomplished via the GPS. Simply enter specific coordinates of each location you often visit–for example, school and work–and set your phone to react in a certain way–for example, for the ringer to automatically shut off.
iSkoot: For those who enjoy using the Skype, or who need to make the occasional overseas call and would rather use the cheaper VoiP option. iSkoot is an app that allows you to use all the features available with Skype: chat, browsing your contacts, etc.
Save MMS: The T-Mobile G1 cannot save images sent through MMS. If you receive a lot of pictures via multi-media texting, this application will allow you to save them permanently. Ideal for those who receive photos often and need to save them for viewing on a different apparatus.
mShare: With data becoming increasingly mobile, it’s not surprising that will need to transfer a great amount of data to and from your cell phone at any given time. That is where mShare comes in. It’s basically an FTP, as it allows you to swap files from your phone to your computer, from your computer to your phone, or a phone to another phone. This is includes single and mass transfers.
Toggle Settings: When you need to access and change settings on your T-Mobile G1, you don’t want to waste time shuffling through the menus. This is where Toggle Settings comes in. This app allows you to quickly access groups of features based on clicks–one click gets you connection settings like Wifi and GPS. Two clicks gets you more phone centric feature such as the ringer. Ideal for quickly changing settings on the good.
We’ve heard it before, but now the WSJ is reporting that "This week Google will start allowing developers to charge for software sold through the Android Market, according to people familiar with the matter." Previous reports claimed that a pay App Market was in the works for Q1 of 09, but Google has been hard at work over the past few weeks, rolling out new mobile services just in time for the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. Earlier this year they also introduced localized versions of the Android Market so that developers could target their work to specific areas. I guess all we can tell you for now is to keep an eye on the Android Market. I’m sure there are quite a few people out there who are addicted to checking the market a few times a day.