updated 04:05 pm EDT, Wed October 22, 2008
Android Market goes live
To coincide with today's launch of the long-anticipated T-Mobile G1 that is billed as the biggest competitor to Apple's iPhone yet, the online application store for the handset that is the Android Market went live on Wednesday as well. Users can now download any of the more than 50 existing applications for their Android OS phones and can rate them after use as well as leave comments. Between user feedback and anonymous usage statistics, the applications will be ranked in the Android Market.
Developers have to wait until Monday, October 27th to register and upload their applications, along with a $25 application fee. The developers' applications can then be made available to users. Early next year, developers will be able to charge for their applications, receiving 70 percent of the revenue from each sale. The remaining 30 percent does not go to Google, Android's maker. Instead, it goes to carriers and billing settlement fees. The available applications include multimedia, location-based tools, barcode scanners, travel guides and games.
In comparison, the launch of the App Store for Apple's iPhone 3G had more than 1,000 applications, with developers getting the same 70 percent cut of proceeds from each sold application.