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Google "not happy" with slow Android app sales

By Emil
Jan 26, 2011
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  1. The number of Android smartphone users is rising quickly, but the number of purchases of paid apps in the Android Market is not growing at a comparable pace. Google is downright "not happy" about the purchases of paid apps, Google's Android platform manager Eric Chu said during a question and answer session at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, according

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  2. Well, one thing is for sure. I haven't bought a single app since the 15 minute refund went into effect. Before that I think I had only refunded a couple apps out of dozens.
     
  3. its because the android apps suck. they need to develop a better operating system as well cuz android is nice but compared to ipod software and graphics its nothing .
     
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I disagree, and find it quite the opposite in fact. I find the Android OS, and its layout to be much better than the iOS.

    Was certainly good enough to make me change from a iPhone 3GS to a HTC Desire - a move I'm glad I made.
     
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,608   +293

    It's a strange world. People are perfectly happy to buy clothes they don't need, cars with features, performance and gadgets they don't need, even phones with features they will probably never use. But they seem a lot more reserved about buying applications for their phones that they don't need. For me on any phones/OSs app/market/store most of the paid for apps are non essential gimmicks or toys that people won't even keep on their phones for free. If they filtered out all the rubbish then the complaint would be that "there isn't enough choice/selection" instead..
     
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Perhaps there is something about the 'intangible' that make such purchases less satisfying.
     
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,608   +293

    I think you put your finger on it there, something hard to do with the intangible :D
     
  8. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    Two reasons I don't buy apps - all the ones I really want have free versions and there is already an obscene amount of bloat on my phone forced upon me by the carrier.

    Aside from that - a lot of apps are just garbage.

    Another huge issue is companies trying to "double dip" so to speak. They sell you a product like a subscription to a magazine and then turn around and try to sell you an app to read it online. People are wising up to this kind of behavior and companies can't get away with crap like they used to.
     
  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Annoying indeed, and unfortunately this isn't just the case for apps :( .
     
  10. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

    Sorry. Android phones win in both software and hardware. The iphone's hardware is mid end at best and open platforms have beaten closed ones ever since IBM vs Macintosh.
     
  11. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    the only thing keeping the android phones from steamrolling the iphone is the app store and the screen resolution; mainly the app store though.
     
  12. Make marketplace available to download on any android os as an .apk. Ap sales will rise. I have atleast one other device runnning android 2.2 x86, however getting the marketplace installed is a mystery to me, if even possible.
     
  13. Apple is a giant in the field of Apps. A simple example is the a game app called infinity blades, powered by unreal technology, completely smashes android's gaming apps in terms of graphics and performance. But i must agree that those apps have a huge consumption in power.
     
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,700   +1,886

    Aw, Google's "unhappy". My heart bleeds for them. Not. Now where will they get the funding to set all those big, heavy, tracking cookies, or for that matter, the gas for their "street view" vehicles? I can tell you where they won't be getting it, by aiming "targeted ads" at me.
     
  15. Maybe not all of you knows, that many users from "less developed" countries including Slovakia (that when I am living in) has canceled the access into the Android Market. We have access only to free application. I use to use data card from my holiday trip in Italy and I am after inserting it using my VISA card for purchases. As Italian I am probably a better human like when I am Slovak... So that Google would think also about possibility to enable to pay also such beggars like Slovak citizens to earn more money...
     
  16. Edito

    Edito TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +8

    Im sad for google cause they are loosing focus :-(
     
  17. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    Mabe its time to try Ovi Store. :)

    Moved from 2 million downloads a day, to over 4 million a day in a matter of 2 -3 months. And its seems to be escalating. And no, its not just free apps that gets downloaded.
     
  18. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    Sad to say I agree. Google got created manly because these guy felt tah the search engines of that day was no good. Likes of for instance Webcrawler.

    Google has spead into diffrent ventures, from everything to gmail and maps that is great, to mobile operating systemes, and even fails like the Chome OS (that probably will be canceled anyway, maybe be to replaced by android in the future), and it has started to show big time.

    Google search results is moving more and more back to what webcrawler was. The thing the started everything that they were trying to improve, and for a time succeded in doing.

    The greatness of the google search made them one of the biggest companies in the world. ....but today the search results are still delivered lightning fast, but what you get is just decent, its not great like it was.

    If you have specific search topic, no matter how you do your search, its really hard to get the result you are looking for.

    Google, please look at your search engine and dont spead yourself so thin. I need a good search engine again, like it was back in the days.
     
  19. Google is unhappy? But this is what they wanted. They wanted to use developers for their hard work, fostering a community of free apps supported by their own google adsense. Their users won't pay for apps, if they won't pay then developers won't make anything. Have you ever been to a restaurant where the waitresses aren't paid, don't get tips, and still bring you food? I sure haven't. Have you ever seen a construction worker build you a house for free? Well okay there's that one show on TV but they're making money being on TV!!! It's just economics and at this point google wants to use developers for supporting their advertising platform.
     

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