This post at Brighthand shows the difference between the Apple App Store and the Android Market. So, what is the difference? Well, I guess that the market is more about an “open and unobstructed environment”, and I suppose a store is fairly proprietorial.
It will be interesting to see how Android develops and what kind of hardware is available. As for music apps on the new platform things are not too certain as yet from the comments I’ve seen from developers.
Well, if nothing else then how about the $10 million in funding for developers?
Here’s what Brighthand has to say:
“… To give people more incentive to create software for the Android platform, Google has launched the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million in awards for great outstanding applications. The award money will be distributed equally between two phases.
Android Developer Challenge I will run from January 2 through March 3, 2008. The 50 most promising entries received will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development. Those selected will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards…. “
Google announces that it is developing an open source OS for mobile devices (phones essentially). What will this mean for mobile music? Who knows at this point, They say that the first devices supporting it will appear in the second half of next year.
Cool name for an OS though.