Google unveils "Webstore" today.

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  1. lPHONE macrumors 6502a

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    http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/02/android-webstore-one-ups-apple-app-store/

    Apparently, this is revolutionary because it's web based so you don't need an App to access the store, you can use any browser.

     
  2. SmokeyRobinson macrumors regular

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    Works better than the AppStore. Also clicking install and watching ur phone start downloading the app was pretty cool
     
  3. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Now all they need are Android users who are actually willing to PAY for apps.

    LOL
     
  4. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't want viruses. I'll stick with my iPhone.
     
  5. zenio macrumors 6502

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    It worked great for me today.

    Right from my Droid X, I downloaded five apps really quickly.

    So cool :)
     
  6. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yea, but it won't work on iPhone. :rolleyes:
     
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    Thank goodness. Now I can ditch the iPhone.

    I still need to wait 6 months before I can get a new phone (I'm on contract), but I'm hoping MS adds a few desirable features that are already found on Android and iOS, and that their version of Webstore Marketplace is comparable to the competition in 6 months!
     
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    It's a good step forward for Google, but it's still not very exciting to me. I have a very negative view of the Android Market. For example... what's with the weird pricing? Why do some of the apps prices have tildes next to them?

    The price for Fruit Ninja was listed at...
    A$1.19 (about $1.20)

    What's that supposed to mean? It's not $1.19 or $1.20... it's somewhere around there... maybe. That's weird. It should just list definitive prices. Sure, it's great for developers to have custom pricing, but it's pretty weird for consumers to see ~$1.20.

    Also, the front page for Android is just too geeky. It's like the coolness of the operating system is sucked right out when it's explained by people in nerdy Android T-Shirts. I don't like the Android logo, and I think it looks worse on a shirt. I found the video for Android 2.3 to be incredibly boring. Does the average consumer really care about "Concurrent Garbage Collection" or other such technical terms? Google makes Game Development seem dull.

    I think that's why the iTunes App Store is more successful. It's geared for consumers, not developers.

    Google is making progress with the new online version of the Android Market. It has gotten better, but they need someone with style to make Android more appealing.
     
  10. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like it's all about getting users to buy more apps. I have an Android phone but I can never find anything worth downloading for free, never mind buying. Maybe it's because I'm bitter about not getting an iPhone ;) I like my new phone, mind, just not that pleased with the Marketplace.
     
  11. jayducharme macrumors 68030

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    I followed the link above and got the following message:

    I love how specific it is. :rolleyes:

    I've seen a lot of Android phones in use and I'm still not impressed. I agree with the above post that the system seems "geeky." It functions, but not in a very friendly way. On all but one of the phones I've seen (the Evo), the UI exhibits a lot of hesitation, as if the phone can't keep up with what the user wants to do. But it seems like most people don't care about that. Without having used an iPhone, they think that's the way a smartphone is supposed to behave.
     
  12. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I agree that the *content* and *design* of Apple's App Store is superior, the advantage in the technology behind the store is definitely now Google's.

    First of all, iTunes is a cumbersome, bloated, buggy piece of **** software, and it's the only way you can access the App Store on the computer.

    Second, it's hindered by the antiquated tethered syncing method. The OTA nature of the webstore is phenomenal. This is the direction Apple *needs* to take the App Store, or it *will* be left behind coughing dust as Google refines their craft.
     
  13. lPHONE thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Umm... Somebody needs to run Software Update. :eek:
     
  14. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    The poster you're addressing wasn't referring to the Mac App Store detailed in your link. They were talking about the iOS App Store which is, as stated, only available on the computer through iTunes.

    Minor detail.
     
  15. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Developers set prices in their home currency. The tilde means that's the approximate cost of the app in your local currency. A tilde next to a number means it's approximate, and that's the case when dealing with foreign currency since the exchange rate fluctuates.
     
  16. karsten macrumors 6502a

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    that's australian dollars i think
     

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