Within the next few days, T-Mobile G1 users will be able to download Skype’s new app for the Android platform. Skype Lite will allow users to chat with their contacts and will also be able to make Skype calls without using the data connection for low fees. This app will be a "must have" for current Skype desktop users to stay in touch with peopel on the go. Skype is expected to have app the app in the Android Market within the next few day.
Google’s Android Market team wanted to finish off the year by reminding developers that the "apps for pay" market will still be launching in Q1 of 2009. An e-mail was sent out to the registered developers of the Android Market, stating that the service will soon be going live. Due to payment support systems for multiple countries, staggered roll-out will go to (1) United States and UK; (2) Germany, Austria and Netherlands; (3) France, Italy and Spain with additional countries to be announced at the end of Q1 09. The e-mail also lets developers know that they will now be able to tailor their apps for different markets. When launching an app, developers will chose which countries it will launch in. This should help keep the market clean for users. There have already bee a handful of apps that are country of language specific that should not be visible to the entire market.
If you want to read the entire e-mail, be sure to hit the read more link. Thanks to TalkAndroid for the news.
As usual, I was doing my daily digging, trying to find some new news on Android and HTC when I came a cross some astounding news. Loopt is now available for Android and is in the Android Market. I quickly opened up the market to find the app, but there was nothign there. The latest app to show up was "My Med Box" which has been up since last night. This has happened before where there is news on a new app, but the app has simply not materialized yet. I tried going to Loopt.com on my work computer, but of course our firewall has blocked it since it’s considered a Social Network. So I typed in Loopt.com on my G1, hoping for a better result. Jackpot! The Loops website redirected me to a page for my G1 and had a link to download the App from the market. I clicked the link and the downloaded started and installed.
I’ve checked the market a few more times this past hour, but nothign there yet. It seems the only way to get loopt on your G1 at the moment is to click the link from www.loopt.com on your G1. Good luck!
UPDATE: If you’re reading this from your G1, you can just click here to download Loopt onto your G1.
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.