Posts tagged ‘Marketplace’

August 29, 2010

App Store hits 250,000 apps!


The App Store just hit a quarter million apps! Woot! Apple App developers! And Apple hit the one billion downloads mark in July! Way to go Apple!

Here’s an interesting tidbit, it would cost a user approximately $673K to buy all the apps on the App Store!

GoogleChic, are you feeling left out now that iFanboys are celebrating? Dont worry! With Google’s laissez fair approach of letting any crappy app in the Market place, I am sure Google will hit the quarter million mark soon! However, we would all know that not many of those Apps are actually worth counting! 😉


Wow congratulations AppleGirl, a quarter million apps, can that all even fit on your iPhone and can you multi task all those apps?  Maybe someone should spend $673K to find out 🙂

Considering that the Android platform started less then 2 years ago, and that it really took off within the last year, I’m very happy with the choices of applications offered in the Market. I’m always able to find what I need, not to mention, not having to spend a dime is a big plus.

AppleGirl, do you really have all the apps you need? I mean Apple does like to  ban apps; for example the Google voice app was banned because of Apple’s jealously of Google’s success. I guess if you want to use Google voice on the iPhone you can use the nasty browser based app on your iPhone.

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August 5, 2010

Androids, Want to save your personal information?


As if the Google Toilet video does not rub it in your face, now an Android WallPaper App has been found collecting and sending personal user information. Androids,  here’s something for you to mull over:

1. How does Google protect you?

Oops. Sorry! Google does not help you in that division. Did’nt you say its an “OPEN” Market Place? (where it lets anyone and everyone in)

2. How can you protect yourself?

Now that you cannot trust Google, you might as well do it yourself. Check the app rating in Market Place, read the comments, check the developer’s website etc OR you could just use the App Store on your iPhone because Apple is trying to keep you SAFE!

Android has used Apple’s tight rein on the App Store as its selling point. Little did Android know that it was soon to be bitten by its OPEN Market Place design. Only 20% of iPhone Apps vs. 47% of Android Apps use third party code.The same third party  code which could be sneaking out your personal information.

GoogleChic, Did you want a new wall paper for your precious Nexus? Save the download  and use this instead. 🙂


1. How does Google protect you?

AppleGirl, this is Google we’re talking about. Don’t you think they have a fail safe plan in place? Just like Apple, Google does review suspicious apps and can pull them from the Market. In this case, they pulled the wallpaper app until they completed the investigation. In addition, as part of the Android security they have the ability to remote wipe rogue apps from a phone.

I know what you’ll say next AppleGirl, invasion of privacy! Before remotely wiping the app, Google sends a notification to it’s user. Further, in order to use the Market you had to agree to the terms set out by Google in which they stated the remote app ability.

2. How can you protect yourself?

Before you install an app, there’s a can’t miss screen that alerts the user as to what the application will have access to. READ IT!!! If you don’t read it, it’s your own fault! As for you AppleGirl, you claim that you don’t need to do this with the iTunes store. Think again, did you check your credit card lately, did you buy some unwanted books that you didn’t know about?

So now, is the OPEN Market such a big deal as AppleGirl makes it? What do you think?

P.S. Google has completed their investigation on the wallpaper app, lifted the ban on the app and placed it back on the Market.

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July 20, 2010

App Inventor, Hot or not?


With the announcement of the app inventor in Google labs, there’s a lot of buzz out there. App inventor allows for a user with “NO programming knowledge” (according to Google) to simply drag and drop buttons, post pretty little picture and DING your app is created. As much as I love the Android platform, is this really something that’s really as hot as it sounds? Don’t we have enough mindless application out there on the Market already? Do we need to fuel the fire by adding potentially more bad apps? We all know that if an application is not correctly developed it drains the life (battery that is) out of our phones. As much as I loathe Apple, I have to say they have a nice approval process in place for their apps. The app inventor is a kool idea but there needs to be some control over what is released to the market. With the app inventor, everyone in the world can have at an Android application. I can be a really good thing with some boundaries in place.  Check out the demo video by Google, what’s with the cat lady and the cat app?



Raise of hands …
How many artists out there would like to promote their business?
How many artists know zilch about creating apps?
How many artists want them free?

Not to mention that most of the artists (scientists, software developers too?) would rather prefer an iPhone to an Android! The app inventor is a boon to smart phone users. It is an effortless way to create an app. Albeit, keep in mind that dumb apps will not see the insides of  too many an android.

On the other hand, it is obvious that the App Inventor is Google’s attempt to beat Apple at its own game! With over 220,000 apps in the iTunes store, Apple has way more apps to boast than Google’s Marketplace. What better way to out do Apple than to create a humongous inventory (of possibly mindless) apps? Quantity over quality is not going to help anyone sell a  million phones! And also, crappy meow apps are not Apples thing!

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