updated 05:30 pm EST, Tue February 10, 2009
Pain Android apps coming
Earlier reports that forecast paid applications will become available in the first quarter of the year at to the Android Market have held true, as a Monday report from the Wall Street Journal says developers will be able to charge for their software very shortly. While the report focuses on Microsoft's strategy, it mentions the paid applications are coming later this week, citing unnamed sources close to the Android Market. The application store is hosted and operated by Google, having been launched at the end of October.
To date, the only handset on the market running the open-source Android operating system is the T-Mobile G1. As developers now have the added motivation of making money from their products, the quality, usefulness and all-around polish of the applications is expected to increase significantly.
The Android Market has struggled to grow in size compared to Apple's App Store for the iPhone, which has had paid app downloads since its launch in July.