If there's any weakness in the Android ecosystem that Google
A vibrant flow of fresh applications is critical to an enjoyable user experience. That can't happen unless developers have good incentives for producing the goods. Apple
You'd think that Google would excel at building this critical part of the Android experience. The whole company is about organizing the world's information in a user-friendly way. Getting a grip on about 100,000 games and programs shouldn't be a problem for Google, now that it's presented the entire Internet for more than a decade.
Unfortunately, that's not the case. The Android Market app on your Motorola
Even the search function is bad. I know, right? Not exactly what you'd expect out of Google. The top result is not the most popular or most downloaded match for your keywords, nor the highest user grade or the most reviewed. In fact, I can't even tell what the organizing principle is, and I have a Master's degree in information science. How do you expect the average user to make heads or tails out of the system?
A weak app market left Palm undone. Research In Motion
But Google really should do better. Speaking as a hopeful Android developer myself (anybody need to keep score in a tennis game?), I'm tempted to relearn Objective-C and jump into the iPhone market instead. Google doesn't seem to care about developers or users, and it's failing to connect the two ends of the market the way it should.
This early in its history, Android doesn't need developers jumping ship. Stop the madness now, Google.
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