1. Digital Dave's Avatar
    Hey anyone know why you can't view all the available Android Apps before you buy the phone? Is it a marketing scheme or are they embarrassed with the quality of apps. Blackberry and iPhone allow this!
    11-23-2009 08:20 PM
  2. kennyidaho's Avatar
    There is a third party solution.
    www.androlib.com

    Also I doubt it has anything to do with marketing or a conspiracy. More likely they just have not got around to doing that yet. It's still early in the game for Android.
    11-23-2009 09:41 PM
  3. Digital Dave's Avatar
    There is a third party solution.
    www.androlib.com

    Also I doubt it has anything to do with marketing or a conspiracy. More likely they just have not got around to doing that yet. It's still early in the game for Android.
    I never meant to imply that there was a conspiracy I just found it odd.
    11-24-2009 01:22 AM
  4. kennyidaho's Avatar
    Yeah but you presented a nice false dilemma implying that there is some hidden agenda behind the lack of an official Android Market web interface. :-)

    Anyways consider this RIM, Apple, and Palm all control the hardware and software correct? Google doesn't. HTC, Motorola, and Samsung just to name a few all have devices (multiple devices too) released using Android. All these devices have different hardware builds, and different ROM footprints. Providing a web front end to this complex and ever changing ecosystem is probably a daunting task.

    A good example. On another forum people are complaining how Bonsai Blast just disappeared for Droid users, seems there is some compatibility issues, however I can download it on my Sprint HTC Hero - but there is some paid apps that at the moment I can't download on my Hero that GSM Hero's can. There is some apps that I can't download on my Hero because it's only Android 1.5. Now add into that multiple countries!
    11-24-2009 02:07 AM
  5. Adiliyo's Avatar
    yea, google isn't a gatekeeper or moderator of what really goes into the marketplace, they're just a host essentially.

    with sites like androlib, it's a moot point anyways.

    do i wish their site was better? sure, but in the end, it doesn't really matter
    11-24-2009 02:15 AM
  6. Digital Dave's Avatar
    Yeah but you presented a nice false dilemma implying that there is some hidden agenda behind the lack of an official Android Market web interface. :-)

    Anyways consider this RIM, Apple, and Palm all control the hardware and software correct? Google doesn't. HTC, Motorola, and Samsung just to name a few all have devices (multiple devices too) released using Android. All these devices have different hardware builds, and different ROM footprints. Providing a web front end to this complex and ever changing ecosystem is probably a daunting task.

    A good example. On another forum people are complaining how Bonsai Blast just disappeared for Droid users, seems there is some compatibility issues, however I can download it on my Sprint HTC Hero - but there is some paid apps that at the moment I can't download on my Hero that GSM Hero's can. There is some apps that I can't download on my Hero because it's only Android 1.5. Now add into that multiple countries!
    What?..... anyway is AndroLib.com a good representation of the apps that android has to offer i.e. does it have all the apps that you can load onto your android phone because if that is so android has a lot of catching up to do to be the future iPhone killer. I surfed around a bit on that site and I have to say that the polish is just not there for me. I was considering a Hero but now I may wait further to see what's next for the iPhone or Blackberry.
    11-24-2009 02:24 AM
  7. Adiliyo's Avatar
    the site has poor sorting, but it's essentially a list of everything on the marketplace, so you have to find the ones that are good, as just like every app store out there, there's a good amount of crappy apps.

    the apps that are good are quite polished and nice.

    but you go ahead and do what you want.
    11-24-2009 02:42 AM
  8. miamibeef04's Avatar
    11-24-2009 09:11 AM
  9. baycruisers's Avatar
    the site has poor sorting, but it's essentially a list of everything on the marketplace, so you have to find the ones that are good, as just like every app store out there, there's a good amount of crappy apps.

    the apps that are good are quite polished and nice.

    but you go ahead and do what you want.
    The app market is pretty rough around the edges, and the quality and utility of some (many?) of the apps is doubtful. (Thanks, but I don't need a fart generator.) At the same time, there are some excellent apps, many free or very inexpensive, and hanging out here is a good way to get tipped off to them.

    I'm betting that in 6 months this situation will have improved dramatically.
    11-24-2009 10:26 AM
  10. Digital Dave's Avatar
    The app market is pretty rough around the edges, and the quality and utility of some (many?) of the apps is doubtful. (Thanks, but I don't need a fart generator.) At the same time, there are some excellent apps, many free or very inexpensive, and hanging out here is a good way to get tipped off to them.

    I'm betting that in 6 months this situation will have improved dramatically.
    Thanks that makes sense. As more and more Android phones hit the market and are purchased the apps will come.
    11-25-2009 01:12 AM
  11. baycruisers's Avatar
    The app market is pretty rough around the edges, and the quality and utility of some (many?) of the apps is doubtful. (Thanks, but I don't need a fart generator.) At the same time, there are some excellent apps, many free or very inexpensive, and hanging out here is a good way to get tipped off to them.

    I'm betting that in 6 months this situation will have improved dramatically.
    Let me add to my previous post that I've been very impressed with the speed of fixes and updates for free applications (Quick Settings is a good example.) The developers make NOTHING for all their efforts and I appreciate their hard work. I think it's too easy for us to take them for granted.

    I see some pretty sarcastic and unhelpful comments on AndroLib from some users. Those comments don't encourage developers to fix problems, or at least it wouldn't me.
    11-25-2009 07:33 AM
  12. rip14's Avatar
    I was considering a Hero but now I may wait further to see what's next for the iPhone or Blackberry.
    If your going to wait for better apps, then don't be waiting for the blackberry. App World is horrible. The Android market runs so much better, and has many better apps to run.
    11-25-2009 09:23 PM
  13. Digital Dave's Avatar
    If your going to wait for better apps, then don't be waiting for the blackberry. App World is horrible. The Android market runs so much better, and has many better apps to run.
    Do you have any suggestions for good apps. Perhaps some examples that would run on the Hero?
    11-26-2009 12:54 AM
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