Android app pricing: Is it really worth it?

Josh Chandler · November 10, 2008 · Short URL:

Android applications certainly aren’t worth paying for; Google will have problems!

A picture of the Android Logo

Now, if the T-Mobile G1 is going to be half the class of the iPhone it has to match up to it in every department including applications.

These mobile programs are what makes a phone in this day and age come alive. Even with the Apple’s dominance in the smartphone, it is starting to see competition from rivals such as RIM and even Microsoft?

Main difference between Apple and Google is price 

If Google wants to be taken seriously in the application market, it has to show it will be competitive. This means, in my opinion, matching Apple equally with its pricing.

It seems Mashable can do a feature on the Android Application store and write the Title: 8 Android Apps Worth Paying For (And Some That Aren’t).

In the article, Mashable is too quick to criticize the amount of attention the iPhone App store has been getting. I guess, however, the folks at Mashable are correct as according to Google News Search there has been 17,700 mentions of “iPhone Apps” and on the blog search there has been 575,377.

The main reason for all of this interest in the iPhone App store is PRICE, time and time again we see mention of how great the free apps are on the iPhone apps store how they are a “must have now” thing

for your iPhone. However where is the mention of that for Google, naturally if we look at how the Android store has only been open for a couple of months, it could maybe be suggested that Google haven’t had it out on the market as long as Apple (only by 6 months), but they didn’t exactly have the

best of starts (even before they launched the store), if we compare how much attention Apple got with iPhone Apps store for the same amount of time Google has had the Android Apps Store open for we see the following numbers:

148,491 for Apple

As opposed to

112,164 for Google

It’s all down to the Device?

Some may say that the superiority of the iPhone helps developers to be a lot more creative with the design of applications,

many make strong use of the accelerometer one that is of note would be Sega’s Super Monkey Ball, and of course the G1 does have an accelerometer but as some note it doesn’t have the multitouch interface of the iPhone, so the theory would be that the unique standpoint that the iPhone has with the multitouch may give it slight advantage to the G1.

However of course the one feature the G1 can take credit for doing well on is using a QWERTY Keyboard for typing instead of a virtual one, not that this should be any direct relation to the Apps but I just wanted to congratulate Google on making the smart move on that!

In related comparison, the G1 is built solely around  Google services which let’s face it everyone uses and the close correla

tion helps to create a big market advantage against Apple. On the other hand one thing Apple is becoming renowned for on the iPhone is gaming, there was a ton of excitement surrounding it and the ability of the device with multitouch and the accelerometer far outweighs the G1.

So, Josh will the G1 ever match in your eyes to the iPhone. All I have read in this post is Apple fanboy talk

Firstly, I would obviously like to address I am not an Apple fanboy I simply believe that Apple had a much clearer vision about how to use Apps on the iPhone whereas I feel that Google has shown itself to be slightly forthcoming with it’s properiatary Google service based operating system. Which one you choose in the coming months is a personal preference for many, however if you want to get the most out of your phone please don’t choose a G1 unless you are inclined to fund the Google machine and cause further problems for everyone!


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