So i've been an Android user for over a year now; got my DROID exactly a week to the day after launch. Over this time, i've found the Android Marketplace to be lacking in general for a number of different reasons. In the beginning, I understood; as Android was only a year old at the time; and there were not that many devices out there.
However, here we are over a year later; and the marketplace is the same basic disappointment that it was last year at this time. One would think that with the explosive growth of Android, that things would be better than they were. I guess to some extent they are, but only a tiny bit. For the most part, finding truly good apps/games is still somewhat akin to trying to find a tiny diamond in a pile of cow dung. And in too many cases still, "Coming Soon" in the Android world means "Maybe we might release this app sometime in the future, if the planets align and we feel like it"
My main beefs:
1) There is still a huge lack of good apps. In the iOS world, games/apps that are actually worth getting excited about come out daily. When a dev says something is coming to iOS, it generally does so; and in a timely fashion. In the Android world, we're lucky if we see one decent app come out per week. One decent app per MONTH is more like it. And when something exciting IS announced, all to often something gets screwed up and it never actually appears. X-Plane mobile for Android is a good example of this, it's been promised since May; yet the latest news is that it might never come out because "issues with Google's marketplace prevent us from releasing the app" - they claim it's ready but for whatever reason they CANNOT release it. In the end, Android feels like it's just another forgotten platform.
2) Miscategorized apps, and lack of parental controls. It seems like 75% of the Android devs out there must be perverts, as a majority of the crap in the market is porn related - even the Games section is inundated with perverted crap. How many "blow into the mic to lift her skirt" and "touch the screen to feel her up" apps do we need? On the Android platform, these apps are literally impossible to count, there are so many of them. And i'm sorry, it shouldn't be so easy for children to be exposed to full frontal nudity just by looking at app screenshots. Even when these apps are reported to Google, action is rarely if ever taken. I mean, an open marketplace is okay; but there has to be limits. A person wouldn't be permitted to sell marijuana at a flea market.
3) Crap JAVA apps that are basically pirated versions of dumbphone apps. There are WAYYYYY too many of these on the market, and some "devs" even charge for them. I'm sorry, bundling a JAR file ripped from a dumbphone with a Java interpreter and calling it an app should not fly. Google should NOT permit this. But they do, and like the sex apps, all the reporting in the world nets absolutely no results. These "apps" continue to proliferate and simply make it harder to find actual decent programs. I think crap like this actually HURTS sales of decent apps, since a majority of people will get sick of weeding through the crap and won't have the patience to find the good stuff.
4) Lack of big-name devs; and if they DO make games for the Android platform, they are often limited to one specific handset with no way to purchase them legally. EA is guilty of this, for example. NFS Shift is YET to make it to the market, and it's been "out" (on DROID X) since August. Gameloft has some nice Android HD games on its site, but they are generally what would be considered "old" on the iOS platform. And only about 10 of their games have actually made it to Android (the number of GL games on iOS is way more than that, 3 times more at minimum). At this rate, NFS: Hot Pursuit which was recently released on iOS MIGHT make it to Android by 2020; if we're lucky. I'm sorry, with the current market penetration of Android, you'd think it would at LEAST get preferential treatment to less popular devices (Palm Pre, for instance) - it seems like apps actually make it to the Pre first.
So, these are just a few glaring problems with the state of the Android market that come to mind. I simply posted this to generate some discussion on the subject, and see what others' opinions are.